Organist Paul Jacobs

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Organist Paul Jacobs
Organist Paul Jacobs

A marriage made in music heaven! Paul Jacobs, America’s most celebrated concert organist, is the only organ soloist ever to receive a Grammy Award (2011). His phenomenal technique and charismatic stage presence dazzle audiences and critics alike. (“A brilliant organist…impressive clarity…rollicking energy,” raves the New York Times.) Paired with the Weidner Center’s superb acoustics and spectacular Wood Family Organ — three manuals, 44 stops and 68 ranks of 3,702 pipes — he promises a delightful reprise of his 2008 concert, which yielded three standing ovations and one of the most memorable evenings in the 87-year history of the Civic Music series.


Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001

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Early membership incentives

Prize Drawing

Purchase your membership by June 1, 2014 and you will automatically be entered to win one of four restaurant gift certificates:

All Brown County Civic Music Association 2014-15 season membership purchases (new or renewals) received by June 1, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for one of
four restaurant gift certificates. The drawing will be held the evening of June 1, 2014. The winner will be notified by phone and/or email.

Bonus Concert

Join by May 17 and get a free concert for new members with paid membership for the 2014-15 season.
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Saturday, May 17, 2014

2014-15 membership will be available for online purchase, soon at

By Mail
Mail a check and the brochure membership form to

Brown County Civic Music Association
P.O. Box 5243
DePere, WI 54115-5243

In Person by check at the concert on Saturday, May 17, 2014
Doors: 7 p.m. Concert: 7:30 p.m.
Ralph Holter Auditorium
Green Bay West High School
966 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay, WI

Organist Paul Jacobs Program

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Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Canon in A-flat Major, Op. 56, No. 4Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Voluntary in D Minor, Op. 5, No. 8John Stanley (1712-1786)


Prelude in FNadia Boulanger (1887-1979

Pomp and Circumstance March, Op. 39, No. 1Edward Elgar (1857-1934)


Andante in F, K. 616Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Sonata in D Minor, Op. 42Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)

I. Introduction et Allegro
II. Pastorale
III. Final


Organist Paul Jacobs Biography

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organist-paul-jacobsDescribed by The Chicago Tribune as “one of the most supremely gifted organists of his generation,” Grammy award-winning organist Paul Jacobs unites technical skills of the first order with probing emotional artistry.  His performances of new works and core recital and symphonic repertoire have transfixed audiences, colleagues and critics alike.

In the 2013/14 season, Paul Jacobs returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with conductor Charles Dutoit. He plays solo recitals in Washington DC presented by the National Symphony on the Kennedy Center Concert Hall’s new organ, as well as in Davies Hall presented by the San Francisco Symphony and Disney Hall presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He returns to Spivey Hall in Atlanta and in New York’s Zankel Hall he is featured in Carnegie Hall’s series of concerts, Collected Stories, performing in Arvo Pärt’s Passio, a contemporary setting of the Gospel according to St. John.

Paul Jacobs played the first concert on the newly restored Kuhn organ at Alice Tully Hall in New York, performing Bach’s monumental Clavier-Übung III as part of Lincoln Center’s first annual White Light Festival in 2010.  A favorite and frequent guest of the San Francisco Symphony, he has performed and toured with them and Michael Tilson-Thomas in varied repertoire including Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ with Percussion and Copland’s Organ Symphony, both of which were recorded on the SFSO label. He has been guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, California’s Pacific Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, Miami’s New World Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony with James Conlon at the Cincinnati May Festival and previously with the Chicago Symphony and Pierre Boulez in Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass. Internationally, he appeared with the San Francisco Symphony at the Lucerne Festival and in London at Westminster Cathedral’s Grand Organ Festival.

His recording of the Messiaen Livre du Saint Sacrement, released by Naxos in 2010, was awarded that year’s Best Solo Instrumental Grammy of the Year, the first time a disc of solo organ music has received this honor.

Paul Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he played Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.  He has also performed the complete organ works of Messiaen in marathon performances throughout North American and reached the milestone of having performed in each of the fifty United States.

Prodigiously talented from his earliest years, at 15 Jacobs was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 in his hometown, Washington, Pennsylvania.  He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver (organ) and Lionel Party (harpsichord) and at Yale University with Thomas Murray (organ).

Paul Jacobs 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.  His own students have won prominent national and international competitions and are forging their own careers as performers and teachers at prestigious venues and academic institutions in the United States and abroad.

In addition to his concert appearances and teaching, Jacobs has appeared on American Public Media’s Pipedreams, Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday, as well as NPR’s Morning Edition, ABC-TV’s World News Tonight and in August 2011 he presented a recital for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts which remains available for viewing on

Announcing the 2014-15 Season

The Brown County Civic Music Association is pleased to announce the 2014-15 concert season. Click here 2014-15 season brochure (pdf)

Date Performer
Sat, Sept. 27, 2014 Tenor Anthony Kearns
Fri, Nov. 7, 2014 Red Priest
Sat, Dec. 13, 2014 Isthmus Brass Ensemble
Sun, Mar. 29, 2015 A Far Cry
Sat, May 9, 2015 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

All performances in the 2014-15 season:

  • are held at Ralph Holter Auditorium,
  • Green Bay West High School
  • begin at 7:30 p.m. (auditorium doors open at 7 p.m.)
  • are general admission seating

Tickets will be available for sale online soon.

Post-Concert Reception

You’re invited to meet and greet Paul Jacobs and your concert-going friends at Mackinaws Grill & Spirits and nibble on complimentary snacks after the concert.

Location: Mackinaws Grill & Spirits
2925 Voyager Drive (I-43 and East Mason)
Green Bay, WI 54311
Google Map

Driving Directions

Leave the campus at the Main Entrance.  Turn left onto Nicolet Drive.  Take Nicolet Drive onto I-43 toward Milwaukee.  Exit I-43 at exit 183, E. Mason Street.  Turn left onto E. Mason Street.  Go 0.4 mile on Mason St.  (Mackinaws is visible on the right) Turn right at the  traffic light onto Challenger Drive.  Go one short block and turn right onto Voyager Drive.  Mackinaws will be on your right.  The reception will be in a private room at the back of the building.  Suggestion: go to the far end of the parking lot – enter the door on the east side of the building near the rear.

Or an optional route:

If you are familiar with the campus and can find Bay Settlement Road, turn Right (southward).  It eventually becomes  Huron Road.  Go a couple of miles until you get to E. Mason Street.  (Shell station and banks at intersection)  Turn Right onto E. Mason St.  Turn Left at the Second light (Challenger Drive)  Go one short block and turn Right onto Voyager Drive.  Go 0.2 mile and Mackinaws is on your right.  The reception will be in a private room at the back of the building.  Suggestion: go to the far end of the parking lot – enter the door on the east side of the building near the rear.