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Celebrated organist coming to Middlebury

Celebrated organist Paul Jacobs will visit Middlebury College on Sunday, Dec. 2, to perform a program of music by Felix Mendelssohn, Maurice Durufl鬠Louis Vierne and Julius Reubke on the Gress-Miles organ in Mead Chapel. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. and is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Jacobs came to international attention in 2000 when, at the age of 23, he twice performed the complete organ works of J.S. Bach in 14 consecutive evenings in New York City and in Philadelphia. Later in the year he trumped that achievement by performing the complete works again in a spectacular 18-hour non-stop marathon in Pittsburgh. He is also well known for his Messiaen performances and has played the composers entire output in nine-hour marathon concerts in eight United States cities since 2002. Jacobs began studying the piano at the age of six and the organ at age 13. By age 15 he was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 families in his hometown of Washington, Pennsylvania. He went on to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he double-majored in organ with John Weaver and harpsichord with Lionel Party. He subsequently received the Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Yale, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Most recently, Mr. Jacobs was invited to join the Yale University Council Committee on the School of Music by University President Richard Levin. In addition to concert appearances and teaching, Jacobs has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and performs frequently at festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has appeared on American Public Medias St. Paul Sunday and Pipedreams, Bavarian Radio, Brazilian Arts Television, ABC World News Tonight, NPRs Morning Edition, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and CBC Radio. The performance is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Mead Chapel is located on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors at the Middlebury College Box Office at (802) 443-6433. Online tickets and information are available at www.middlebury.edu/arts .

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