The Greater Hartford Chapter is pleased to collaborate with Music and the Arts at Center Church in Hartford to present Simon Thomas Jacobs, the winner of the 2013 St. Albans International Organ Competition, in concert on Friday, December 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at Center Church, 675 Main Street, Hartford. This concert coincides with the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the Roberts Memorial Organ in Center Church.
Simon, a native of the United Kingdom now living
in the United States, is a graduate of Clare College, Cambridge, and now is working toward completing
an Artist Diploma at Oberlin, where he studies with James David Christie. He is no stranger to Connecticut, as he was associate director of music at Christ Church, Greenwich (2009-2011), was the winner of the 2010 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (USA) young professional’s level competition, held at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, and performed last November on the organ concert series at Trinity College in Hartford.
As part of having won the St Albans Competition, Simon is represented in the United States by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. He is in the midst of performing on some of the finest and most well-known instruments in the world, including King’s College, Cambridge, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the International Performing Arts Center in Moscow. He will record his first solo disc as part of Priory’s “Great European Organs” series on the new Richards and Fowkes organ at St. George’s, Hanover Square, in London (this organ was featured in the August, 2014, issue of The American Organist).
Simon’s program at Center Church will be:
Toccata and Fugue in E Major – J. L. Krebs
Partita on “Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele” – Georg Böhm
Three settings of “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” from the Leipzig Chorales – J. S. Bach
Fantasia and Fugue in B-flat Major – Alexandre Boëly
Chorale I in E Major – César Franck
“Scherzo” from Suite pour orgue (op. 48) – Jehan Alain
“Dieu parmi nous” from La Nativité du Seigneur – Olivier Messiaen