Organ Virtuoso Nathan Laube to Perform Nov. 9 Recital

Organist Nathan Laube, acclaimed for his performances throughout the United States and Europe, will perform a recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Nathan Laube

Nathan Laube

The free recital, the first in this season’s Organ Artist Series, is sponsored by the university’s Music Department.

Known for his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, his Nov. 9 recital will feature works by Bruhns, Cabanilles, Buxtehude, Bach, Rameau, Guilain, Alain and Dupré.

In addition to his performing and recording schedule, Laube is on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in New York. A native of Chicago, he earned his bachelor’s in music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and his master’s in organ performance from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. He also studied in France under a William Fulbright Grant.

Often described as a star among young classical musicians, he has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras throughout the United States and Germany, France, Slovenia, Finland and the United Kingdom. He also won top prizes in U.S. and European competitions, has been a featured performer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and many of his live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams” program.

At St. Thomas, he will be using the university’s chapel organ that was installed in 1987 thanks to a donation from alumnus Robert Asmuth. Built by Gabriel Kney of London, Ontario, the organ is a three-manual instrument with 41 stops of 56 ranks, with a total of 2,787 pipes. It is used for worship, teaching and concerts.

Its dedicatory recital was played by Swedish organist Hans Fagius on Sept. 20, 1987. Since then, the university’s Organ Artist Recital Series has become one of the premier pipe-organ concert series in the Twin Cities.

The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas is located on the eastern side of the university’s campus, near the intersection of Cleveland and Laurel avenues. For more information call (651) 962-5850, or visit online here.