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Grammy-winning Juilliard organist Paul Jacobs in concert Oct. 1

Last updated September 23, 2019

By Tina Underwood

Paul Jacobs, professor of organ at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, will open the 2019-20 Hartness Organ Series with a recital Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus.


Juilliard Professor of Organ Paul Jacobs. Photo/Stefan Cohen

The Sound Quality Concert Series event is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Department of Music. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 60 and up and $5 for students.

One of America’s leading concert organists, Jacobs has drawn international acclaim for his compelling performances, both as a solo recitalist and in concerts with an orchestra. In 2010 he received a Grammy for his recording of the organ suite “Livre du Saint Sacrement” by Olivier Messiaen.

For his Furman recital, Jacobs will perform works by Bach (Concerto in D minor after Vivaldi); Mozart (Fantasy in F minor, K. 594); distinguished former Juilliard and Curtis Institute of Music organ professor John Weaver (“Fantasia” for Organ); and Charles Ives (“Variations on America”). The program will conclude with the colorful “First Sonata” by French romantic composer Alexandre Guilmant.

The Hartness Organ Series presents recitals each season by major national and international organ recitalists. These concerts feature the Hartness Organ, Opus 121 of the C.B. Fisk organ building firm of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The 42-stop organ, a gift from the late Tom and Edna Hartness, was presented in honor of Bobby and Becky Berry Hartness in 2004.

Jacobs’ recital is also the annual Posey (’54) and Jean (’53) Orr Belcher Organ Concert, honoring the distinguished Furman alumni. The concert is made possible by an endowment created by the Belcher children: the late David O. Belcher (’79), Philip B. Belcher (’82), Elizabeth Belcher Mixon (’87) and Miriam Belcher Ponder (’91).

The 2019-20 Hartness Organ Series also includes a free concert by Furman Professor of Organ Charles Tompkins on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, with Furman music faculty colleagues Gary Malvern, trumpet, and Alison Trainer, soprano; and a free recital by Stetson University Organist Boyd Jones on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. in Daniel Chapel.

For more information, contact the Furman Music office at 864-294-2086, and, or professor of organ Charles Tompkins at 864-294-2969, and

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