Nathan Laube First Organ Concert in North Carolina

Nathan Laube First Organ Concert in North Carolina

April 2, 2017 , 7:00 PM, Providence United Methodist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. III/64 Parkey, Op 14 (Aeolian-Skinner, Op 1472, 1971, formerly in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC).

This concert was the last of the first season of the David Bashor Memorial Organ Concert Series, in honor of a 30 year choir member and chair of the organ committee for over a decade. Nathan Laube performed the following program:

  • Bach/Toccata in E
  • Cabanilles/Corrente Italiana
  • Roger-Ducasse/Pastorale
  • Widor/Allegro vivace from 5th Symphony
  • Duruflé/Suite

Considering the notoriety of this young artist (under 30) who has attracted great attention in the music world with a recent Grammy award and is an assistant professor at the Eastman School of Music, I fully expected a full house of several hundred people to hear this musician. I made the effort to arrive 20 minutes early, so as to get a seat near the front. Unfortunately, I did not need to be concerned. But, the fewer than 200 people who did attend were able to hear this organist who made music in an incredible manner, especially considering his age.

If the music was lyrical, there was no unmusical phrase. If it was meant to be dramatic or playful, it definitely was. Nathan was obviously comfortable at the console and performed his music without effort and almost all from memory, even in the most difficult passages of the Duruflé Toccata.  He was clearly enjoying himself as he communicated with his audience in words and music. After a standing ovation of an appreciative audience with three curtain calls, Nathan gave an encore of the Cabanilles.

After the concert, there was a line to greet the artist. Having a friendly personality, I found him to be good conversationalist as we talked about the Eastman program and its revival of the theatre organ program there.

If you are able to hear Nathan Laube, go hear him! Maybe you will also get to hear one of the many transcriptions that he performs with equal dexterity and musicality.

D. John Apple


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