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Organ Program

Tues., Oct 23, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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All-Bach Music Program:
Sinfonia to Cantata, BWV 29
Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596
Prelude and Fugue C Major, BWV 547
Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582
Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep May Safely Graze), BWV 208
Trio Sonata E Minor, BWV 528
Arioso from Cantata, BWV 156
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532

Paul Jacobs
, Organ

Having made history at the age of 23 when he performed the complete organ works of Bach in an 18-hour marathon, Paul Jacobs, the only Grammy-Award winning organist and Chair of the Juilliard Organ Department, makes his Overture Hall debut. I studied with Paul, one of the greatest organists of our generation, over the past eight years at Juilliard, and I’m certain that his all-Bach program will leave audiences in awe of this inimitable musician.  Greg Zelek

About Paul Jacobs

Heralded as “one of the major musicians of our time” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker and as “America’s leading organ performer” by The Economist, the internationally celebrated organist Paul Jacobs combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical mastery with an unusually large repertoire, both old and new.  He has performed to great critical acclaim on five continents and in each of the fifty United States. The only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award—in 2011 for Messiaen’s towering “Livre du Saint-Sacrément,”—Mr. Jacobs is an eloquent champion of his instrument both in the United States and abroad. No other organist is repeatedly invited as soloist to perform with prestigious orchestras, thus making him a pioneer in the movement for the revival of symphonic music featuring the organ. 

Mr. Jacobs made musical history at age 23 when he played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. Mr. Jacobs has premiered works by Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, Wayne Oquin, Stephen Paulus, Christopher Theofanidis, and Christopher Rouse, among others. 

During the 2018-19 season, Mr. Jacobs will perform the world premiere of John Harbison’s What Do We Make of Bach? for organ and orchestra with the Minnesota Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vänskä; with the Cleveland Orchestra he will give the American premiere of Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Okeanos for organ and orchestra.  Abroad he performs Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra . Additional orchestral engagements include performances with the Phoenix Symphony and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Jacobs will appear in recital under the auspices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall and the American Guild of Organists at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. Mr. Jacobs continues as Director of the Oregon Bach Festival Organ Institute, a position he assumed in the summer of 2014. 

Mr. Jacobs studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver for organ and Lionel Party for harpsichord, and at Yale University with Thomas Murray. He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003, and was named chairman of the organ department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007. In 2017 Mr. Jacobs received an honorary doctorate from Washington and Jefferson College.

“Paul Jacobs is one of the great living virtuosos… he is utterly without artifice”
– The Washington Post

“An obliterating performance by one of the major musicians of our time.”
– The New Yorker

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