“In 1926, German director Fritz Lang stunned international audiences with his masterpiece Metropolis … a chilling art-deco fantasia with cinematography by Karl Freund that anticipated film noir and influenced a generation of filmmakers.” Using the vast tonal resources of Northop’s historic Aeolian-Skinner Opus 892 pipe organ, “Philadelphia organ virtuoso Peter Richard Conte interprets the music with a driving expressionist approach ala Lang” (CultureVulture) in a fully improvised performance that promises a “mixture of levity and technical brilliance" (The Birmingham News).


"It might be hard to imagine an organ recital audience giving out a yell that a hockey crowd might envy. But so it was as Peter Richard Conte finished the last bars and the packed house erupted into a standing ovation and delighted laughter.” —The Santa Fe New Mexican

"Standing ovation? Better call it a flying ovation." —The Santa Fe New Mexican

"A sparkling, often lighthearted concert of organ compositions and transcriptions. Conte led off his ebullient romp through Broadway and Victorian-era Boston (with a layover in Bayreuth, Germany) with his own quirky transcription of Bernstein’s Overture to Candide … [a] mixture of levity and technical brilliance." —The Birmingham News

"A vibrant virtuoso performance ... Conte performed with a dexterous grace, riding the torrent of sound and fury to its predestined conclusion." —The Trentonian

"In every piece it was obvious that Conte is a great musician and has taken the time to know the capacities of his instrument. Such a range of expression I didn't know was possible on an organ. What a wonderful evening this was!" —American Record Guide

"Conte's brilliance in registration is incredible, his playing credibly, refreshingly excellent. Fabulous." —The American Organist

"Conte's playing of the entire program was of the highest musicality, with an unimpeachable sense of timing and registration and absolute technical control." —The Diapason


Event Details

General Event Information

  • In-person Seating is General Admission
  • Tickets are Required
  • Free for U of M Students  

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.