Paul Jacobs, the only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award (for Messiaen’s Livre du Saint-Sacrement), will close Baylor University’s Distinguished Artist Series on Thursday, March 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Hailed as “one of the major musicians of our time” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker, Mr. Jacobs has been an important influence in the revival of symphonic works featuring the organ.
With the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Baylor alumnus Giancarlo Guerrero), he performed and recorded Michael Daugherty’s Once Upon a Castle, included on the Naxos disc of works by Daugherty, Tales of Hemingway, which received the 2016 Grammy for Best Classical Compendium.
Mr. Jacobs studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring in organ and harpsichord. He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003 and was named Chair of the Organ Department in 2004. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007 and an honorary Doctor of Music from Washington and Jefferson College in 2017.
The first half of his Baylor concert will consist entirely of works by the great German master Johann Sebastian Bach. Mr. Jacobs will open with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 and then the three-movement Trio Sonata in E minor, BWV 528. He will also play Bach’s “Arioso” (the first-movement Sinfonia) from Cantata No. 156 and the Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532.
Following intermission, Paul Jacobs will perform Hungarian composer Franz Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam.” This organ work was written by Liszt in Weimar during the winter of 1850. It is based on a chorale from Act I of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera Le prophète. The work was given its premiere on October 29, 1852.
Tickets for this Distinguished Artist Series concert are available online through the Baylor University box office at www.baylor.edu/tickets, or in person at the Bill Daniel Student Center. The telephone number is 254-710-3210. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for students, senior citizens, and Baylor faculty and staff are $10.