Renowned Organist from Juilliard Holds a Master Class and Concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Date Posted: December 12, 2007

Paul Jacobs 2008 photoMILWAUKEE – Paul Jacobs, organ department chairman at New York’s Juilliard School since 2004, will perform a Master Class and organ concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday, January 18, 2008. The Master Class starts at 4 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. Both events will take place in the Schwan Concert Hall.

The organ Master Class is free and open to the public. Participants must register in advance and indicate the work they plan on performing to ensure a varied repertoire. Applicants will be notified of their status by January 11, 2008. To register E-mail or call (414) 443-8875.

At the age of 30, Jacobs has garnered much attention on the American organ scene. The Chicago Tribune calls him “one of the most supremely gifted young organists of his generation.” The Wall Street Journal says that Jacobs has “charismatic showmanship and unflagging exuberance.” Audiences applaud his phenomenal technique, his stage presence, his huge repertoire spanning five centuries and the sense of showmanship he brings to an instrument commonly associated with reserved performances.

Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when, on the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach in 2000, Jacobs played the composer’s complete set of works in an 18-hour non-stop marathon in Pittsburgh. He has also performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in a series of nine-hour, one-day marathons in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. In its year-end wrap-up, New York magazine named Jacobs’ performance of Messiaen’s Livre du Saint Sacrement one of New York’s 10 best classical performances of 2007.

Paul Jacobs is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wauwatosa Savings Bank and the Milwaukee Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college’s Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $23 general, $20 seniors and $10 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.

Program for the January 18, 2008 Concert:

Fantasy for Organ
John Weaver (b. 1937)

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 530
J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Berceuse from 24 Pieces en style libre
Allegro Molto from Symphonie No. 6, Op. 59
Louis Vierne (1870-1937)

Sonata in F minor, Op. 65, No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Two Chorale-Preludes, Op. 122
O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Fantasy and Fugue on BACH, Op. 46
Max Reger (1873-1916)