NEW ORGAN SERIES – Premieres January 17th In Davies Symphony Hall

Organist Paul Jacobs performs works by Reger, Schumann, Franck, Nadia, and Reubke

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Award-winning American organist Paul Jacobs opens the San Francisco Symphony’s first organ recital series at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday, January 17 at 6:00 PM. Paul Jacobs has been stirring new interest in the organ and organ music. Musicians and others in the music world have noted his phenomenal technique and memory, his charismatic stage presence, his huge repertoire spanning five centuries, and the sense of showmanship he brings to an instrument usually associated with more staid and stately occasions.

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PAUL JACOBS

Paul Jacobs made musical “Believe It Or Not” history at the age of 23. In 2000 – the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach – Jaobs played the composer’s complete organ music in an 18-hour non-stop marathon at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is recognized throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. He is consistently praised for his solid musicianship, prodigious technique, and vivid interpretive imagination. Since 2003 Paul Jacobs has been a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School. In 2004 he was named chairman of the organ department. He is one of the youngest faculty appointments in Juilliard’s history.

Mr. Jacobs opened his 2009-2010 season with a performance in New York City of J.S. Bach’s Six Trio Sonatas for Organ. Following his appearances with SFS and the Pacific Symphony, he returns to Philadelphia for a recital at the Kimmel Center. With his November appearance in Anchorage, Alaska, Jacobs can now boast of having performed in all 50 states. In 2008 Mr. Jacobs gave the modern-day premiere in Philadelphia of an unpublished prelude and fugue by Samuel Barber. He was presented by the San Francisco Symphony both in concert and in recital as part of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the orchestra’s Ruffatti organ. He also recorded for the Naxos label Messiaen’s masterwork, Livre du Saint Sacrement. The CD is scheduled for release in September 2010.

Last season Mr. Jacobs gave the modern-day premiere in Philadelphia of an unpublished prelude and fugue by Samuel Barber, was presented by the San Francisco Symphony both in concert and in recital as part of their celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the orchestra’s Ruffatti organ, and recorded the Messiaen masterwork, Livre du Saint Sacrement, which is scheduled for release by Naxos in September of 2010. In addition, his concert in our nation’s capital last fall was named as one of the best performances of 2008 by the Washington Post, and the previous season, New York Magazine named him as the “Best Organist of 2007″.
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Photo, Stefan Cohen

Mr. Jacobs’ program will include:
Reger / Organ Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Opus 60
Schumann / Canon in A-flat major, Opus 56, no.4
Franck / Final in B-flat major, Opus 21
Nadia Boulanger / Prelude in F minor
Reubke / Sonata on the 94th Psalm

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