Organ Superstar: Paul Jacobs
Paul Jacobs, organ
J.S. BACH: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
J.S. BACH: Trio Sonata in C Major, BWV 529
J.S. BACH: Arioso from Cantata BWV 156
J.S. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
LISZT: Fantasia and Fugue on "Ad Nos, Ad Salutarem Undam"
Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs, a Pacific Symphony favorite, returns to the William J. Gillespie Concert Organ to perform a program of virtuosic organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach — including the ever-popular Toccata and Fugue in D Minor — and Franz Liszt.
Enjoy image magnification on our big screens during the concert for a closer look at the organist!
“An obliterating performance by one of the major musicians of our time,” wrote The New Yorker’s Alex Ross about a recent concert by organist Paul Jacobs. “Paul Jacobs is one of the great living virtuosos,” praised Anne Midgette in the October 2, 2014 edition of The Washington Post, and in an article in The Economist (November 1, 2013) Mr. Jacobs was termed “America’s leading organ performer.” An eloquent champion of his instrument, arguing that the organ for too long has been excluded from the mainstream of classical music, Paul Jacobs is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. He has also been an important influence in the revival of symphonic music featuring the organ.
The first and only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award (in 2011 for Messiaen’s towering “Livre du Saint-Sacrement”), Jacobs combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical skills with a repertoire that spans the gamut of music written for his instrument, both old and new. He has transfixed audiences, colleagues, and critics with landmark performances of the complete works for solo organ by J.S. Bach and Messiaen, as well as a vast array of other composers. A fierce advocate of new music, he has premiered works by Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, Wayne Oquin, Stephen Paulus, and Christopher Theofanidis, among others.
Jacobs has been guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, Miami's New World Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Chicago Symphony and San Francisco Symphony. In 2014 and 2015, he led the Organ Institute Masterclass as part of the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon.
Jacobs studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver for the organ and Lionel Party for the 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.