Middlebury

Rising Star Nathan Laube, Organ, Performs February 27

July 11, 2014

Concert Celebrates 40thAnniversary of Mead Chapel’s Gress-Miles Organ

 

Middlebury, VT—Curtis Institute of Music graduate Nathan J. Laube is a rising star among young classical musicians and has quickly become a popular artist on the organ recital circuit. His brilliant playing, audience-friendly programs, and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe. He will perform on Sunday, February 27th, at 3:00 P.M. at Middlebury College’s Mead Memorial Chapel.

Nathan Laube, organThis recital celebrates the 40th anniversary of the installation of Mead Chapel’s magnificent Gress-Miles organ. A special, behind-the-scenes organ tour will be given at 2:15 P.M. by Professor Emeritus of Music and College organist Emory Fanning. The organ is acclaimed as one of the best in the state. Past Performing Arts Series artist and Chair of Juilliard’s organ department Paul Jacobs said, when he performed here in 2007, “I wish Juilliard had an instrument like this!”

Laube’s dramatic concert program will open with Strauss’ Overture to “Die Fledermaus,” with a transcription by Laube himself. The program also includes works by Bach, Widor, Boëly, and Duruflé.

A native of Chicago, Laube began piano study at age five; he later attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts. He is a recent graduate of the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and at graduation received the Institute’s two highest awards: the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics, and the Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies. Since then he has won first place at the National Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition (2004), and the Chicago American Guild of Organists/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (2007). Laube was recently awarded the coveted William Fulbright Grant, allowing him to study at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse as a candidate for the Prix de Spécialisé. The year will include study on some of France’s most venerable historic pipe organs in churches and cathedrals across the country.

Laube has performed at many of the most prestigious music venues in the United States and Europe, including Washington, D.C’s National Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Truro Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Spivey Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Although Laube’s vast repertoire spans the works of pre-Baroque to living composers, he has become known for his colorful and virtuosic transcriptions of orchestral works by Bach, Mahler, Rossini, and Strauss.

Laube’s concert is presented by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $24, with discounts available for Middlebury College students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  For tickets or information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-6433.