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Concert Organist Nathan Laube will perform at Mead Chapel on May 1.

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Organist Nathan Laube To Bring 2016 Bach Festival to a Rousing Finale

May 1, 2016

Concert Program Will Include J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

NathanLaube=PREFERRED_PhotoDorothyYoungRiess.jpgMiddlebury, VT—Organist Nathan Laube, a star among young classical musicians, returns to Middlebury’s Mead Chapel on Sunday, May 1 to deliver the culminating concert of both the 2016 Middlebury Bach Festival and the Performing Arts Series’96th season. He will treat audiences to a bountiful program of Bach works, including the great Toccata and Fugue in D minor, all on Mead Chapel’s magnificent 45-year-old Gress-Miles organ.

About Nathan Laube

“The organ is indeed the king of instruments and Mr. Laube one of its supreme players.”
—Oberlin Review

Assistant Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music since fall 2013, concert organist Nathan J. Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His brilliant playing and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe, and his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, has earned high praise from critics and peers alike.

NathanLaube_large.jpgHis performances include major venues spanning four continents, including the Vienna Konzerthaus (Austria); the Berlin Philharmonie and the Dortmund Konzerthaus (Germany); Aarhus Cathedral and Copenhagen Cathedral (Denmark); the Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (Slovenia); and the Sejong Center, Seoul (Korea). Across the U.S., he has performed at Washington National Cathedral (DC), Walt Disney Concert Hall (CA), Verizon Hall (PA), and Spivey Hall (GA). U.K. concert tours have lead him to York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, and Truro Cathedral. He has been a repeat performer at the national convention of the Organ Historical Society and the American Guild of Organists. Many of Laube’s live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams.”

Laube’s recording of the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra with the Nashville Symphony was awarded a Grammy for Best Classical Compendium at the 58th annual awards ceremony in February 2016.

Laube holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a Master’s Degree in Organ from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. As a recipient of a William Fulbright Grant, Laube spent the 2010–2011 academic year at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse.

About the Program

In conjunction with the 2016 Middlebury Bach Festival, Laube’s concert program will be an homage to Johann Sebastian Bach, opening with the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Other selections will include Bach’s Pastorale in F major, Concerto in D, Fantasia in G major, and Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor. The program will close with Max Reger’s Fantasy and Fugue on the name BACH.

This concert is made possible with support from the Middlebury Bach Festival and the Office of the President. Full Bach Festival offerings are posted at http://go.middlebury.edu/bachfest.

Nathan Laube’s organ concert will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. in Mead Memorial Chapel, on the campus of Middlebury College. The artist will give a pre-concert lecture at 2:15 P.M. in the same space. Mead Chapel is located at 75 Hepburn Road, just off Vermont Route 125 west. Free parking is available along Route 125, on Hillcrest Road, and on Old Chapel Road, with handicap-accessible parking available behind the Chapel on Hepburn Road. 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 tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

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(top right and bottom center) Organist Nathan Laube to Perform at Mead Chapel May 1; courtesy photo

(top center) Organist Nathan Laube to Perform at Mead Chapel May 1; photo Dorothy Young Riess

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