Paul Jacobs And The San Francisco Symphony Chorus 
Perform Bach’s Organ Masterwork Clavierubung Iii
Sunday, April 28 At Davies Symphony Hall

Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude conducted by Ragnar Bohlin and featuring the SF Symphony Chorus, organist Jonathan Dimmock and SFS cellist Amos Yang opens the concert

Organist Paul Jacobs and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Ragnar Bohlin, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ masterwork.  Clavierübung III in its entirety at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Organ Series. Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude,conducted by Bohlin and featuring the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, organist Jonathan Dimmock, and SFS cellist Amos Yang, opens the concert.

Clavierübung III is the third volume of Bach’s compendium on keyboard music, Clavierübung, published between 1731 and 1741. While other volumes of this collection include more frequently performed works such as the Italian Concerto (Vol. II) and the Goldberg Variations (Vol. IV), the third volume is less familiar to most audiences. These are the San Francisco Symphony’s first performances of Clavierübung III. “I am frequently surprised to learn of what little acquaintance many fine musicians and even scholars have with Bach’s major organ works and, in fact, I would challenge anyone to identify a major Bach work that is as unheralded as Clavierübung III has been,” says Jacobs. “Hopefully this performance will provide an opportunity to deepen the understanding and fervor we have for Bach.”

Paul Jacobs has been a frequent guest of the San Francisco Symphony’s since he made his debut with the Orchestra in April 2009. He most recently performed with the SFS in its American Mavericks festival in March 2012 both in Davies Symphony Hall and on tour. Jacobs performs on two SFS Media recordings with MTT and the San Francisco Symphony: in Copland’s Organ Symphony, released in February 2011, and Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Orchestra in November 2012. He currently serves as chairman of the organ department at The Juilliard School and is the only organ soloist ever to receive a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) for his recording of Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement. He made musical history at the age of 23 when he performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in an 18-hour, nonstop marathon performance, and has subsequently performed the complete organ works of Messiaen in nine-hour marathon concerts around the country. He had performed in all 50 states by the age of 31, and has also toured in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia.

Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm
Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Paul Jacobs organ
Ragnar Bohlin conductor
San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Amos Yang cello
Jonathan Dimmock organ

Bach Motet: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227
Bach / Clavierübung III (German Organ Mass) BWV 669-BWV685

Organist Paul Jacobs will share insights into the music of J.S. Bach on stage one hour prior the concert. Free to all concert ticket holders; doors open 15 minutes before.

$20-30. Tickets are available at, by phone at 415-864-6000, and at the Davies Symphony Hall Box Office, on Grove Street between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street in San Francisco.

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