Marathon-Playing Organist Performs at TAMIU Sept. 13

Marathon-Playing Organist
Performs at TAMIU Sept. 13

Paul Jacobs
Paul Jacobs

Spend your afternoon listening to a performance by one of America’s best organists, Paul Jacobs, Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall.

This concert is free and open to the public. Charles Kegg, owner of Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, which built TAMIU’s Sharkey-Corrigan Organ, is sponsoring the event.

Called a “Brilliant young organist and evangelist for the instrument,” by the New York Times and “Best Organist,” by New York Magazine, Jacobs made musical history when he was 23 years old. On the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach in 2000, Jacobs played the composer’s complete organ music in an 18-hour non-stop marathon in Pittsburgh.

The program for this performance includes works by Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leo Sowerby and Franz Liszt.

Jacobs, hailed for his solid musicianship, prodigious technique and vivid interpretive imagination in performances throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia and Australia, has been acknowledged for reinvigorating the American organ scene with his fresh performance style and “unbridled joy of music-making,” according to the Baltimore Sun.

A highly sought-after organist, Jacobs began studying the piano at the age of six and organ at the age of 13. He was 15 when he was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 families in his hometown, Washington, Penn. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he double-majored in organ and harpsichord. At Yale University, he received a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma and several honors, including Yale School of Music’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 2003 he was invited to join the faculty of the Julliard School and the following year, he was named chairman of the organ department, one of the youngest faculty appointments in Julliard’s history.

He has performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in series of nine-hour performance marathons in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City. When he performs in Anchorage, Alaska, he will have performed in every one of America’s 50 states.

In addition to concert appearances and teaching, Jacobs has been a featured performer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and he has also performed on radio and television.

The Sharkey-Corrigan Organ is a gift of the E. H. Corrigan Foundation, led by longtime Laredo businessman and passionate supporter of the arts E. H. Corrigan. It was inaugurated in July 2006.
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