Performance on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

Madison, Wis. Paul Jacobs, the former mentor and teacher of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Organist and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ, Greg Zelek, debuts at Overture Hall.

Praised by Zelek as “one of the greatest organists of our generation,” the evening recital is comprised solely of Jacobs’ All-Bach Program, his personally-chosen vignettes from the famed composer’s organ compositions.

About Paul Jacobs 

The only organist ever to win a Grammy Award (for Messiaen’s “Livre du Saint-Sacrement”), Paul Jacobs is an important influence in the revival of symphonic works featuring the organ and is a true innovator in the advocacy of organ repertoire, performing and encouraging the composition of new works that feature the instrument.

Mr. Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. He is a frequent concerto and recital soloist, featuring the concert organs of the San Francisco Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic, among others. He appears frequently in New York and has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, ABC-TV’s World News Tonight, and BBC Radio 3.

Mr. Jacobs studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in 2003. He 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 and an honorary Doctor of Music from Washington and Jefferson College in 2017.

Single Tickets are available for $20 each and can be purchased now at https://www.overture.org, through the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street, or by calling the Box Office at (608) 258-4141.

Groups of 10 or more can save 25% by calling the MSO office at (608) 257-3734. For more information, visit, https://www.madisonsymphony.org/groups.

Student rush tickets can be purchased in person on the day of the concert at the Overture Center Box Office at 201 State Street. Students must show a valid student ID and can receive up to two tickets for $10 each. More information is at: https://madisonsymphony.org/concerts-events/buy-tickets/offers-discounts/

About the Overture Concert Organ Season

The Overture Concert Organ is owned by the Madison Symphony Orchestra and is the stunning backdrop of all MSO concerts. It is programmed and curated by MSO Principal Organist, Greg Zelek. In addition to the Overture Concert Organ Season, the organ is featured in a variety of free events, such as the community Carol and Hymn Sings. Discover more: https://madisonsymphony.org/about/mission-history/

The 18-19 Organ Concert Season is composed by Greg Zelek, featuring guest musicians on both the Overture Concert Organ and accompanying instruments. This season, esteemed organists and guests alike convey power and emotion through the impressive Klais Organ, providing a venue for one of the most significant and recently-commissioned organ installations in the country. Discover more about the 18-19 season: https://madisonsymphony.org/concerts-events/overture-concert-organ-performances

This performance is sponsored by Walter and Karen Pridham, and Jane Hamblen and Robert Lemanske. Support for all Overture Concert Organ programs is  provided by the Diane Endres Ballweg Fund. With a gift from Pleasant T. Rowland, the Madison Symphony Orchestra commissioned the Overture Concert Organ.

About the Madison Symphony Orchestra

The Madison Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 93rd season in 2018–2019 and its 25th season under the leadership of Music Director John DeMain. The MSO has grown to be one of America’s leading regional orchestras, providing Madison and south-central Wisconsin with cultural and educational opportunities to interact with great masterworks and top-tier guest artists from around the world. Discover more: https://madisonsymphony.org/