Music Institute of Chicago celebrates 100th year of its Skinner organ with concert

The Music Institute of Chicago celebrates the 100th anniversary of its E.M. Skinner organ by presenting acclaimed young organist Nathan J. Laube in concert Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.

The program includes:

·       Bach’s Cantata 29, “Wir danken dir,” BWV 39, Dupré transcription

·       Mendelssohn’s Variations Sérieuses, Op. 54, Laube transcription

·       Schumann’s Studien für den Pedalflügel, Op. 56

·       Widor’s Symphonie pour Grand Orgue, Op. 42, No. 5

·       Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor, Op. 28, No. 5, Federlein transcription

·       Saint-Saëns’ Fantaisie pour Orgue, Op. 101

·       Mozart’s Adagio und Allegro in f-moll für ein Orgelwerk, KV 594

·       Dupré’s Prélude et Fugue en sol-mineur, Op. 7, No. 3

A star among young classical musicians, 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, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Laube is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of young organists, and in the fall of 2013, he joined the faculty at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as assistant professor of organ.

In a recent article in The Economist, Laube talks about the resurgence of the organ as a concert instrument. Following a recent live recording of an organ concerto with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, he said, “It was amazing to see a full house of symphony-goers jump up after what must have been for many a first exposure to the instrument in a concerto role.”

The Music Institute’s E.M. Skinner organ, Opus 208, was completed June 1, 1914 by the Ernest M. Skinner Company in Boston and underwent a complete historic restoration between 2005 and 2007.

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