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The Art of the Fantasy
Works by William Byrd, Antoni van Noordt, Louis Couperin, and more
Nathan Laube, organist
The January concert of the Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concert series will feature a varied program of fantasies from across Europe ranging from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Fantasies were a popular musical form for centuries, written for solo instruments to showcase the composer and performer’s musical skill and imagination. Organists embraced the fantasy, using intricate and expressive musical techniques to explore a wide range of affects. Featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque organ, “The Art of the Fantasy” will be performed by Associate Professor of Organ Nathan Laube from the Eastman School of Music. The concert will take place Thursday, January 16th, at 7:30pm in the Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court.
In addition to serving as Associate Professor of Organ on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, and his new position as International Consultant in Organ Studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK, Nathan Laube’s extensive recital career includes major venues spanning four continents, with appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Royal Festival Hall in London, Cankarjev
Dom in Ljubljana, and the Sejong Center in Seoul. Highlight performances in the USA include the concert halls of Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas,
Seattle, Nashville, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. Notable recent appearances have included the first inaugural recital of the restored Harrison &
Harrison organ of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, as well as performances at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In May
of 2018 he performed the Hindemith Kammermusik VII with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker
(formerly Orchestra Academy) as part of a residency at the Philharmonie. For the summer of 2017 he served as the first “Organist in Residence” at the
famous 1738 Christiaan Müller organ at the St. Bavo Kerk in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and in 2019 he performed Bach’s complete Third Book of the Clavierübung at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Mr. Laube is a regular guest performer, pedagogue, and lecturer at the most important organ festivals around the world, and he frequently performs for conventions and conferences. Mr. Laube has two CD recordings available: the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto on the Naxos label (NAXOS 8.559740) recorded with the Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, conducting, which received a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Compendium; and a new solo recital recording on the Ambiente label (AMBIENTE ACD-1062), recorded at the Stadtkirche in Nagold, Germany. In April 2019, he launched documentary-style radio program, “All the Stops,” on the WFMT Radio Network Chicago, consisting of four two-hour programs which feature many of the world’s most famous organs in Europe and the United States and explore their unique histories and repertoire.
More information at nathanlaube.com.
Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ was built around 1770 in central Italy. Restored and installed in 2005 at the Memorial Art Gallery, the instrument is the only one of its kind in North America. The organ’s beautiful, authentic sounds have been heard by thousands of visitors who attend weekly Sunday mini-recitals and special “Third Thursday” concerts by internationally celebrated guest artists and Eastman musicians.
The next Third Thursday concert will feature early music group “Publick Musick” on February 20, 2019.
It will include seventeenth-century Italian and German chamber music for cornetto, violin, cello, and organ.
About the Series
The Third Thursday concert series provides musicians and music-lovers the opportunity to experience authentic Baroque music on a regular basis. Its concerts highlight Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ, which was built around 1770 in central Italy. Restored and installed in 2005 at the Memorial Art Gallery, the instrument is the only one of its kind in North America. The organ’s beautiful, authentic sounds have been heard by thousands of visitors who attend weekly Sunday mini-recitals and special “Third Thursday” concerts by internationally celebrated guest artists and Eastman musicians.
Admission to the concert is included with Gallery admission, which is half-price on Thursday evenings after 5pm and free to University of Rochester student ID holders. Third Thursday concerts are made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust.
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
Free with Gallery admission
For more information on Organ Studies at the Eastman School of Music, please visit https://www.esm.rochester.edu/organ/.
All concerts are free unless otherwise noted. All concerts listed are open to the public. Please note that all concerts are subject to change.
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