Northrop is excited to showcase its newly restored pipe organ yet again on Tue, Dec. 4. The performance by Nathan Laube marks Northrop’s first solo recital on the organ, and will expose the instrument’s virtuous sound in detail. While the organ has been featured already this season in a celebratory concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on Oct 12-13 and the Lest We Forget World War I Armistice Centenary Concert on Nov 11, this recital will include a variety of classic solo organ repertoire and the world premiere of composer Henry Martin’s Preludes & Fugues for organ Nos. 21 and 22.
A frequent performer, Assistant Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music, and an International Consultant in Organ Studies at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Nathan Laube’s career endeavors include an extensive list of performances at major venues, conferences, festivals, and involvement in education and summer camps spanning four continents. Twin Cities organ enthusiasts might recall Laube from his memorable 2017 Basilica of St. Mary performance in Minneapolis as part of the National Convention of the Organ Historical Society. Laube often teaches masterclasses and workshops in connection to his concerts, and many of his live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.
Described as “that of someone who knows and loves jazz to its bones (not discounting its flesh)” (Paul Griffiths, The New York Times), composer Henry Martin is dedicated to works combining jazz, popular music, and classical forms. After listening to Martin’s earlier set of Preludes & Fugues for piano, Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams host Michael Barone engaged Martin in a long-term project beginning in 2007 to explore the potential of his works for organ repertoire. Those featured on this program are the newest additions to the project.