The Furman University Department of Music will present a concert featuring acclaimed organist Nathan Laube Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus.
The recital is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Hartness Organ Series and the 2016-2017 Sound Quality Concert Series. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.
Laube’s program, performed on Furman’s Hartness Organ (C.B. Fisk Opus 121, three manuals, 42 stops) will include works by Cabanilles, J.S. Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Hampton, as well as 19th century German composer Julius Reubke’s monumental “Sonata on the 94th Psalm.”
The performance is Furman University’s annual Posey and Jean Orr Belcher Organ Concert, honoring distinguished Furman alumni the late Posey Belcher (Class of 1954) and Jean Orr Belcher (Class of 1953). The Belcher Organ Concert is made possible by an endowment created by the Belcher children who are also Furman alumni: David O. Belcher (Class of 1979), Philip B. Belcher (Class of 1982), Elizabeth Belcher Mixon (Class of 1987), and Miriam Belcher Ponder (Class of 1991).
A star among young classical musicians, Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite recitalists. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Laube serves as Assistant Professor of Organ at The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. where he teaches with distinguished professors David Higgs and Edoardo Bellotti.
Recent and upcoming performances by Laube include major venues spanning four continents. These include the Vienna Konzerthaus (Austria); the Berlin Philharmonie and the Dortmund Konzerthaus (Germany); Aarhus Cathedral and Copenhagen Cathedral (Denmark); the Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana (Slovenia); the Sejong Center, Seoul (Korea); in the United States at Overture Hall, Madison, Wis. where he performed with the Madison Symphony under the direction of Julian Wachner; The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tenn. where he performed and recorded the Stephen Paulus “Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra” with the Nashville Symphony under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero; Washington National Cathedral (District of Columbia); Walt Disney Concert Hall (California); Verizon Hall (Pennsylvania); The Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall (Missouri); and Spivey Hall (Georgia).
Laube also frequently presents concert tours in the United Kingdom where notable venues include York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, and Truro Cathedral. He has performed and taught at music festivals around the world, as well as at multiple national conventions such as the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.
Laube has two new CD recordings available—the Stephen Paulus “Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra” (Naxos label), and a new solo recital recording on the Ambiente label, recorded at the Stadtkirche in Nagold, Germany. Many of Laube’s live performances have also been featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams.”
More information about Nathan Laube may be found at http://www.nathanlaube.com/. Or contact the Furman University Department of Music at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at FurmanMusic@furman.edu. Tickets may be ordered by calling the same number. Tickets may also be ordered online.