PAUL JACOBS, ORGANIST – At Davies Symphony Hall, April 22nd – 26th

Four performances with the SF Symphony Orchestra April 22nd – 25th, and Solo Recital April 26th

April 26th Recital Program includes San Francisco Premiere of unpublished work by Samuel Barber

Paul Jacobs first caught the attention of San Francisco music-lovers in 2002 when he performed the entire organ compositions of Olivier Messiaen in a single nine-hour marathon. Mr. Jacobs makes his San Francisco Symphony debut in four performances of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in G minor conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier April 22nd – 25th, at Davies Symphony Hall. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the installation of the Hall’s Ruffatti organ, these concerts will be followed by a solo recital by Mr. Jacobs on Sunday, April 26th, at 8:00 PM in a program of works by Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach, Leo Sowerby, Franz Liszt, and the San Francisco premiere of an unpublished work by Samuel Barber. Prior to Mr. Jacobs’ introduction of Barber’s Prelude and Fugue in B Minor for Organ in Philadelphia last fall, its only other performance had been in 1928 by organist Carl Weinrich. The work was recovered by music historian Barbara B. Heyman at the Library of Congress in 1984 as part of the research for her award-winning biography, Samuel Barber: The Composer and his Music.

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YAN PASCAL TORTELIER, Conductor & PAUL JACOBS, Organist

Widely acknowledged for reinvigorating the American organ scene with a fresh performance style, the 32-year-old chairman of the organ department of New York’s Juilliard School since 2004 is considered among today’s finest organists and has been compared to Virgil Fox and E. Power Biggs for his musical charisma and for combining the soul of an entertainer with the technique of a rock-solid musician. Mr. Jacobs was named Best Organist of 2007, and his recent Washington, D.C. recital was declared as one of the best performances of 2008.

Mr. Jacobs made music history at the age of 23 when, on the 250th anniversary of the death of J. S. Bach in 2000, he played the composer’s complete organ music in one 18-hour sitting in Pittsburgh. He possesses a vast repertoire spanning from the 16th century through contemporary times and has also performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in marathon concerts in San Francisco and seven other U.S. cities. His recent Naxos recording of Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement is scheduled for release in 2010.

Jacobs began studying the piano at the age of six and the organ at 13. When he was 15, he was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 families in his hometown of Washington, Pennsylvania. Mr. Jacobs studied at The Curtis Institute of Music and later, at Yale University. He has been heard on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, Performance Today, and Saint Paul Sunday; and NPR’s Morning Edition.

For more information: SF SYMPHONY

PROGRAM and TIMES
Mr. Jacobs is joined by the SF Symphony on the following dates:
Wednesday, April 22nd at 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 23rd at 2:00 PM
Friday, April 24th at 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 25th at 8:00 PM
— The Repertoire includes: L’Arlésienne Suite (Bizet); Organ Concerto in G minor (Poulenc); and Symphony No. 4 in F minor and The Lark Ascending (Vaughan Williams).

Sunday, April 26th, 8:00 PM
Paul Jacobs, organist, Nadya Tichman, violin, and Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier.
— The announced program includes: Sonata in F minor for Organ, Op. 65, No. 1 (Mendelssohn); Prelude and Fugue in A minor for Organ, BWV 543 (Bach); the San Francisco Premiere of Prelude and Fugue in B minor for Organ (Barber); Pageant (Sowerby); and Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” from Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète (Liszt).

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