Paul Jacobs, concert organist, John Bruce Organ Concert Series at St. Norbert Abbey

April 22, 2006

From St. Norbert College, April 5, 2006
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

Concert organist Paul Jacobs will perform at St. Norbert Abbey church, 1016 N. Broadway De Pere, on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. as part of the John Bruce Organ Concert Series. The concert is open to the public and donations can be given at the door.

Paul Jacobs came to national attention as a concert organist in 2000 when he twice performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in fourteen consecutive evenings, in New York City and Philadelphia. In 2003 at the age of 26, he was appointed to the Juilliard faculty, making him one of the youngest faculty appointments in the school's history. The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland said, "Jacobs has risen to the top of his field with unusual speed."

Jacobs has memorized the complete organ works of Brahms, Franck and Durufle, much Messiaen, most of Bach, and a vast range of other organ literature. He has performed throughout the United States as well as in South America, Australia, Canada and Europe.

Father Bruce, a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac, was a close friend of St. Norbert Abbot Sylvester Killeen, O.Praem., and an honorary member of the Norbertine Order. The memorial concerts were established in Fr. Bruce's name at St. Norbert Abbey.

For more information, please contact Fr. Bartholomew Agar, O.Praem., at (920) 337-4378.