4-weeks, Wednesday at 8pm, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24 & 7/31
Every pipe organ has a story that reflects their time, place and function. Internationally renowned concert organist and educator (ESM) Nathan Laube, shares his passion for these living, breathing instruments. Nathan takes listeners around the world and performs some of the finest organ repertoire on some of the world’s most magnificent instruments throughout Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia and the United States.
In addition to serving as Assistant Professor of Organ on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, host Nathan Laube’s extensive recital career includes major venues spanning four continents, with appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Cathedral, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, St. Bavo Church, Haarlem, the Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, and the Sejong Center, Seoul.
Nathan explores the pipe organ in Germany, the homeland of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The program features pipe organs that he would have known: Gottfried Silbermann's 1711-1714 organ at the Freiberg Cathedral and Zacharias Hildebrandt's 1746 organ at St. Wenzel in Naumburg. A quick stop to Christ Church in Rochester, New York surveys a pipe organ that illustrates how Bach's influence on the instrument still holds today: a 2008 process-reconstruction of a 1776 Adam Gottlob Casparini organ, built using techniques only known to the illustrious Baroque composer.
Nathan takes you into the hidden organ lofts of Paris and Toulouse to discover the sound of the 19th and 20th century symphonic pipe organ in France. The organ mecca of Toulouse houses some of France's finest organs, including Aristide Cavaillé-Coll's 1888 organ at the Basilica of St. Sernin and Eugène Puget's 1880 organ at Notre-Dame du Taur. With a completed restoration in 1862, Cavaillé-Coll's grand organ at Saint-Sulpice in Paris is also featured.
7/24 Slovenia and Croatia
At one of the great cultural crossroads of Europe, Nathan explores pipe organs in Slovenia and Croatia. From the bustling cities of Ljubljana and Zagreb, to the pastoral villages of Adergas and Olimje, to the coastal towns of Izola and Piran, Nathan shares the rich organ art of these cities, as well as discovering some family history along the way.
7/31 United States
The final edition of All the Stops explores pipe organs in the United States. Featured instruments include the Kotzschmar Organ in Portland, Maine, which was given to the city by the publishing magnate Cyprus H.K. Curtis and built by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, Connecticut in 1912; the Hook & Hastings organ in Buffalo, New York, an instrument that was first heard during the US Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia; and the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ, one of the largest pipe organs in the world, with over 28,000 pipes and 450 stops, all housed in Philadelphia’s Macy’s department store.