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Organ: The King of Instruments

Pipe organs are massive and dominate the space they’re in — but the people who play them are often hidden.

92Y School of Music and host Naomi Lewin presents a conversation for organ aficionados, and for anyone who’s ever wondered how to handle such an enormous beast. Lewin, the former weekday afternoon host on WQXR, will speak with four great organists: GRAMMY Award-winner Paul Jacobs, Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School; David Hurd, Director of Music at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, and former professor at General Theological Seminary; Rachel Laurin, composer and organist; and Greg Zelek, Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin.

Upcoming Performances:

Greg Zelek

Fri, Jan 29
Organ Soloist with Jacksonville Symphony Brass, Organ, Winds and Percussion Concert

Fri and Sat, Mar 19 and 20
Organ Soloist for Rheinberger's 2nd Organ Concerto with The Jacksonville Symphony

Sat, Apr 10
Organ and Cello Concert with Cellist Thomas Mesa at Longwood Gardens

Paul Jacobs

A New Century, "Okeanos" with Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser Most, conductor

Thu, Apr 29 through May 6
Poulenc Organ Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra


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Naomi Lewin

Naomi Lewin is the former host of weekday afternoon music on WQXR, and of the podcast Conducting Business. Before that, she was midday host at WGUC in Cincinnati, where she created the award-winning weekly program Classics for Kids, which airs on radio stations across the country. She has produced music programs and arts reports for NPR; intermission features for Metropolitan Opera broadcasts; and podcasts on subjects ranging from the Yale Glee Club, to Tippet Rise Art Center, to the bicentennial of St. George's Choral Society. Südwestrundfunk in Stuttgart recently com ...

Paul Jacobs

Heralded as “one of the major musicians of our time” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker and as “America’s leading organ performer” by The Economist, the internationally celebrated organist Paul Jacobs combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical mastery with an unusually large repertoire, both old and new. He has performed to great critical acclaim on five continents and in each of the fifty United States. The only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award—in 2011 for Messiaen’s towering “Livre du Saint-Sacrément,&r ...

David Hurd

David Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the United States, with a long list of awards, prizes, honors, and achievements, and immeasurable expertise in organ performance, improvisation, and composition. From 1976 until 2015, David Hurd was a faculty member at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, first as Director of Chapel Music and later also as Professor of Church Music and Organist. For his work at The General Theological Seminary and for his substantial contribution to church music, four other ...

Rachel Laurin

Rachel Laurin leads a dual international career as a concert organist and a very prolific composer. She devotes herself to composition, recitals, master-classes and lectures.

She has performed organ recitals in major cities in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has made more than twelve recordings, including two CDs devoted to her own compositions. She is frequently invited as a recitalist, composer, lecturer and teacher, in Canadian and American universities. She visited among others Yale University (twice as Distinguished Guest Artist), Baylor University, University ...

Greg Zelek

Praised as “extraordinary in the classical music world” (Jon Hornbacher, PBS Wisconsin Life) and a “musical star” (Bill Wineke, Channel 3000), Greg Zelek is the Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the Elaine and Nicholas Mischler Curator of the Overture Concert Organ Series. 

Greg concertizes with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and throughout the United States. In addition, he regularly performs with orchestras as both a soloist and professional ensemble member. Performances throughout the 2020-21 season include a concert from Over ...

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