November 2, 2023
By Micha Oostenbrink
Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear one of the America’s leading organists perform in Edmonton!
Heralded as “one of the major musicians of our time” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker and the only organist to have ever won a Grammy Award, Paul Jacobs will return to the Winspear Centre for one night only on November 21. Jacobs will perform on the Davis Concert Organ, the Winspear’s crown jewel and Canada’s largest concert organ, with an astounding 6,551 pipes.
An exceptionally talented performer, Jacobs studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University. In 2003, he joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York City and in 2004, was named chairman of the organ department there – one of the youngest faculty appointees in Julliard’s history. More recently, he received an honorary doctorate from Washington and Jefferson College in 2017. Jacobs is a sought-after guest soloist, performing with orchestras all over the globe, from large American orchestras like the Chicago Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in Europe. His prominent features with these orchestras have led to a revival of symphonic programming featuring the organ.
The program for this concert will showcase Jacobs’ virtuosity on the instrument. With works in the first half by J. S. Bach, including Prelude and Fugue in D Major (BWV 532) and A Minor (BWV 543), as well as the hauntingly beautiful Trio Sonata in E Minor (BWV 528), Baroque fans will get their fill. In the second half of the performance, Jacobs will play Liszt’s dramatic Fantasia and Fugue on 'Ad Nos, Ad Salutarem Undam.’
Experience the breathtaking ability of organist Paul Jacobs, live in concert on November 21 at the Winspear Centre. Learn more and get tickets by clicking here.