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Nationally acclaimed organist to perform at Union University

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 20, 2005 – Concert organist Paul Jacobs will be the featured artist for this year’s McAfee Organ Concert Oct. 4 at Union University.

The Jacobs concert will feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Jacobs, 28, is chairman of the organ department at New York’s Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. When he was appointed to the Juilliard faculty in 2003 at age 26, he was one of the youngest faculty appointments in the school’s history.

Jacobs came to national attention as a concert organist in 2000 when he twice performed Bach’s complete organ works in 14 consecutive evenings, in New York City and Philadelphia. Later that year he performed the complete works again in an 18-hour non-stop marathon in Pittsburgh.

The Chicago Tribune has called Jacobs “one of the most supremely gifted young organists of his generation,” and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote that he is “hailed as the next great American organist.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel on Union’s campus. The event, sponsored by Union University’s music department, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the music department at (731) 661-5345.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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