Julliard Organist To Perform Feb. 14 At Baylor Conference

Jan. 12, 2005

by Richard Veit

Paul Jacobs, chairman of the organ department at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, will present a guest recital at Baylor University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. His performance, part of Baylor's 11th annual Midwinter Organ Conference, will include music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Olivier Messiaen, George Frideric Handel and Maurice Duruflé.

The program will open with two works by Bach--the sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 and the Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 529, followed by two movements from Messiaen's inspirational treatise on the birth of Christ, La Nativité du Seigneur.

Following intermission, Jacobs will perform Handel's Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 4, and two movements from Duruflé's Organ Suite, Op. 5.

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the most supremely gifted young organists of his generation," Jacobs came to national prominence when he performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach three times in 2000, and the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in seven marathon concerts in 2002 and 2004. He has appeared as featured artist for numerous national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and he presents frequent lectures and master classes throughout North America.

Jacobs has been on the Juilliard faculty since 2003. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master's degree and doctorate from Yale University. He has performed concerts throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3991. For information on the Midwinter Organ Conference, call (254) 710-1417.

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