The only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award, Paul Jacobs “is one of the greatest living virtuosos.” (Washington Post). He has transfixed audiences, colleagues and critics with the technical skill and eloquence of his legendary performances. It’s a Gretna Music debut not to be missed.
Originally from Washington, PA, Paul Jacobs attended Curtis Institute and double majored in organ and harpsicord. On the 250th anniversary of the Bach’s death Jacobs played the complete works of the composer in a marathon concert, nonstop for 18 hours, making musical history at the age of 23. He went on to earn a master’s from Yale School of Music.
Jacobs is known for playing demanding works from memory and his imaginative performances and charismatic stage presence. He received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) for Messiaen’s “Livre Du Saint-Sacrement.” Paul Jacobs is currently the head of Organ Instruction at Julliard.
John Weaver, Fantasy for organ
Johann Sebastian Bach, Trio Sonata in e minor, BWV 528
Johannes Brahms, Chorale Prelude, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Felix Mendelssohn, Organ Sonata in f minor, Op. 65, No. 1
Franz Liszt, Fantasia and Fugue on Meyerbeer’s ‘Ad Nos, Ad Salutarem Undam’, S. 259
First Listen youth performance by Luke Burman, piano, at 6:45 pm.