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Acclaimed Organist Nathan Laube Returns to Middlebury November 2

October 23, 2014

Glorious Concert Program Spans Three Centuries of Organ Music

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Musician Nathan Laube will bring Middlebury College’s Gress Miles organ to life—in a concert of spanning the 18th through 20th centuries, with music by Bach, Widor, Whitlock, and Jongen—on Sunday, November 2 at the campus’ Mead Memorial Chapel. Laube has quickly joined the organ world’s elite performers as a star among young classical musicians. His brilliant playing, creative programming, and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences (including Middlebury’s own) and have earned high praise from critics and peers alike. The artist will also offer a 2:15 P.M. lecture prior to the 3:00 P.M. performance.

Laube has performed at many of the most prestigious music venues in the United States and Europe, including National Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, the Kimmel Center, Spivey Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Although his vast repertoire spans the works of pre-Baroque to living composers, Laube has become known for his colorful and virtuosic transcriptions of orchestral works by Bach, Mahler, Rossini, and Strauss.

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In additional to solo recitals, Laube performs with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choruses, notably the Philadelphia Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Chicago Master Singers, and collaborations with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter Chris Martin in acclaimed chamber music recitals in Chicago.

Laube earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Upon graduating, he received the Institute’s two highest awards: the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics and the Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies. As a recipient of a William Fulbright Grant, Laube spent an academic year at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse where he earned Prix de Spécialisé with the mention “Très Bien” and “Féliciations du Jury”—the two top honors—in addition to the Prix François Vidal from the city of Toulouse. Laube received his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. While in Stuttgart, he also studied improvisation with Jürgen Essl and harpsichord with Jörg Halubek.

Laube has been a featured performer on multiple occasions at the national conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists. Many of his live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s program “Pipedreams.” Laube frequently serves on the faculty for Pipe Organ Encounters in the USA—clinics presented by the American Guild of Organists, designed to introduce young keyboardists to the pipe organ and its vast repertoire. Laube has also taught at the Oberlin Summer Organ Academy and at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Summer Organ Academy.

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In addition to his busy performing schedule, Laube is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of young organists, and joined the faculty of The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as Assistant Professor of Organ, where he teaches with distinguished professors David Higgs and Edoardo Bellotti.

Nathan Laube’s organ concert will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at Mead Memorial Chapel on the campus of Middlebury College. The artist will give a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 P.M., open to all ticket holders. Mead Memorial Chapel is located on the Middlebury College campus, at 75 Hepburn Road, just off Vermont Route 125. Parking is available along Route 125, on Hillcrest Road, and on Old Chapel Road, with handicap accessible parking behind the Chapel on Hepburn Road. Concert tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Photo credits:

Top right and bottom right: Photo Dorothy Reiss

Top left: Photo Richard Alexander

Second from top left: Photo Pete Checchia

 

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