Tue., Sep 24, 2019


The Great French Tradition of Organ Music with Paul Jacobs

Works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries

 Organ RecitalsThe N.P. Mander organ—at 5,000 pipes, 30 tons and 45 feet high—is the largest tracker-action pipe organ in the New York metropolitan area. This massive, kingly instrument bellows beneath the massive vaults at St. Ignatius Loyola. All N.P. Mander Organ Recitals feature large-screen projection, offering the audience a rare view of the organist at work.   |   Main Sanctuary

Paul Jacobs, organ

“Paul Jacobs, a grand New York institution…” The New York Times
“One of the major musicians of our time” The New Yorker
“America’s leading organ performer” The Economist

On three consecutive Tuesday evenings, acclaimed organist Paul Jacobs takes you on a concert tour of New York City pipe organs, putting the three instruments through their paces with astonishing French organ music. This is the third and concluding concert of the series.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Paul Recital Hall at The Juilliard School
155 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin
145 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036


Leon Boellmann (1862-1897) Suite Gothique, Op. 25
I. Introduction-Choral
II. Menuet
III. Prière à Notre Dame
IV. Toccata

Thierry Escaich (b. 1965) « Eaux natales » from Poèmes pour orgue

Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968) Twelve Preludes on Gregorian Themes
Tu Es Petrus – Marcia
Adeste Fideles – Musette
O Filii – Variations

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) “Andante Sostenuto” from Symphonie Gothique, Op. 70

Louis Vierne (1870-1937) Symphonie in B Minor, Op. 59
I. Introduction-Allegro
II. Aria
III. Scherzo
IV. Adagio
V. Finale


Heralded as “one of the major musicians of our time” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker and as “America’s leading organ performer” by The Economist, the internationally celebrated organist Paul Jacobs combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical mastery with an unusually large repertoire, both old and new. An eloquent champion of his instrument, Mr. Jacobs is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. He has performed to great critical acclaim on five continents and in each of the fifty United States and is the only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award—in 2011 for Messiaen’s towering “Livre du Saint-Sacrément.” No other organist is repeatedly invited as soloist to perform with prestigious orchestras, thus making him a pioneer in the movement for the revival of symphonic music featuring the organ.

During the 2018-19 season, Mr. Jacobs continued to expand both his repertoire and international reach. He performed the world premiere of John Harbison’s What Do We Make of Bach? for organ and orchestra with the Minnesota Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vänskä in October 2018. November took Mr. Jacobs to Switzerland, where he performed Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Gaffigan. He also deepened his long-standing collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra as soloist in the American premiere of Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Okeanos for organ and orchestra in March 2019. Additional orchestral engagements included performances with the Phoenix Symphony and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Jacobs appeared in recital under the auspices of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall and the American Guild of Organists at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. Mr. Jacobs continues as Director of the Oregon Bach Festival Organ Institute, a position he assumed in the summer of 2014.

​Mr. Jacobs has transfixed audiences, colleagues, and critics alike with landmark performances of the complete works for solo organ by J.S. Bach and Messiaen, as well as works by a vast array of other composers. Mr. Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. A fierce advocate of new music, Mr. Jacobs has premiered works by Samuel Adler, Mason Bates, Michael Daugherty, Wayne Oquin, Stephen Paulus, Christopher Theofanidis, and Christopher Rouse, among others. As a teacher he has also been a vocal proponent of the redeeming nature of traditional and contemporary classical music.

Marking an important milestone for the development of organ playing in Asia, Mr. Jacobs participated in the 2017 launch of China’s first International Organ Competition—in Shanghai— when he was appointed to serve as president of the competition’s jury. Mr. Jacobs frequently performs as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Nashville Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Toledo Symphony, and Utah Symphony, among others.

​His recital engagements have included performances under the aegis of the Kennedy Center, Cleveland Orchestra’s Tristan Project, the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Dallas Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and the St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica.

​Prodigiously talented from his earliest years, at 15 young Jacobs was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 in his hometown, Washington, Pennsylvania. He has performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in marathon performances throughout North America. In addition to his recordings of Messiaen and Daugherty on Naxos, Mr. Jacobs recorded a CD for Naxos with soprano Christine Brewer entitled Divine Redeemer, featuring works by Bach, Handel Franck, Nadia and Lili Boulanger, Puccini, Gounod, and Reger. He has also recorded organ concertos by Lou Harrison and Aaron Copland with the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas on the orchestra’s own label, SFS Media.

Mr. Jacobs studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver for organ and Lionel Party for harpsichord, and at Yale University with Thomas Murray. He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003, and was named chairman of the organ department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007. In addition to his concert and teaching appearances, Mr. Jacobs is a frequent performer at festivals across the world, and has appeared on American Public Media’s Performance TodayPipedreams, and Saint Paul Sunday, as well as NPR’s Morning Edition, ABC-TV’s World News Tonight, and BBC Radio 3. In 2017 he received an honorary doctorate from Washington and Jefferson College.

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General concert and ticket information

Doors open at 7:00pm.

Late seating is at the discretion of the House Management. Latecomers may be asked to remain in the back of the church until there is a break in the program, so as not to disturb the performance or other audience members.

Will call is available when the doors open at 7:00pm.

Children seated on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket. Children seated in a chair or pew do need a ticket.

We no longer offer tickets for sale or any ticket pickup at the Parish House Reception desk.

Audio and/or video recording and flash photography are not permitted during performances.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. All artists and programs are subject to change.


The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is wheelchair/walker accessible via the ramp entrance on 84th Street (between Park and Madison Avenues).

An accessible restroom is located just inside the Parish House on the ground floor. The Parish House is located closer to 83rd Street on Park Avenue. PLEASE NOTE the Parish House accessible restroom is not in the same building as the main church where the concert is located.

For reserved seating concerts, there is available seating for wheelchairs and companions. Please look for the Wheelchair and Wheelchair Companion tickets when purchasing. For general seating concerts, follow the directions of the ushers. Please call ahead (212-288-2520) to discuss any special seating requirements.


Street parking can be difficult to find, but there are a number of parking garages nearby. There are garages on 83rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues) and 84th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), as well as near the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


There are a number of fine and casual eating establishments located nearby on Madison Avenue (one block west of the church), Lexington Avenue (one block east of the church), Third Avenue (two blocks east of the church) and Second Avenue (three blocks east of the church).


The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is easily reached via the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines (86th Street station), or buses on Madison, Lexington and Fifth Avenues, and on 86th Street. View a map with interactive driving and transit directions.