Concert Celebrates J. S. Bach’s Birthday
Middlebury, VT—Considering Johann Sebastian Bach’s reputation as both an organist and an organ composer, it seems only fitting to host an organ recital on his birthday. Musician Nathan Laube will bring this organ music to life in a concert of Bach, Widor, Mendelssohn and more on Thursday, March 21 at Middlebury College’s 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 6:45 P.M. pre-concert lecture prior to the 7:30 P.M. performance.
In an effort to introduce a wider audience to this beautiful music, and to Mead Chapel’s extraordinary Gress-Miles organ, the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series is offering a “bring a friend” promotion for this concert, where patrons purchasing one ticket can receive a second ticket for free.
A native of Chicago, Laube began piano study at age five; he later attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Upon graduating the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Laube 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). He 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 has been a featured performer at the 2009, 2011, and 2012 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the American Guild of Organists’ 2010 national convention in Washington DC, and more recently at the Guild’s 2012 national convention in Nashville, Tennessee, where he performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Many of his live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s program “Pipedreams.” In addition to his busy performing schedule, Laube is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of young organists, and recently joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as Assistant Professor of Organ.
In June 2013, Laube will receive his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, where he has been pursuing his studies with Ludger Lohmann under the auspices of a German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship. While in Stuttgart, he also studies improvisation with Jürgen Essl, and harpsichord with Jörg Halubek. As a recipient of a William Fulbright Grant, Nathan spent the 2010–2011 academic year studying with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen 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.
Nathan Laube’s organ concert will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 7:30 P.M., at Mead Memorial Chapel on the campus of Middlebury College. The artist will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 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; with the “Bring-a-Friend” promotion, patrons can buy one ticket, and get a second free. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.