Organ Recital. Dec 7, 2014. Professor Nathan Laube. At St. Vitus Church

Rising virtuoso and American born organist, 26 year-old Professor Nathan Laube, appointed to the faculty in 2013 of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, as an Assistant Professor of Organ, will perform an organ recital on Dec. 7, 2014 in St. Vitus Church, 6019 Lausche Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. An all parish Mass at 10AM will precede the organ recital. Mass and organ recital are open to the public. The organ recital is no admission charge, followed by private invitation only reception in the lower church hall.  Good-will offerings will be accepted. Professor Laube is the grandson of Ludvik and Mara Kolman, Slovenian immigrants forced to flee Slovenia to lower Austria at the end W.W. II. They lived for five years in a displaced camp and then immigrated to Chicago, Illinois. Nathan’s mother is of Slovenian descent and his father of German descent. He grew up in Chicago.

Nathan Laube was graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA., where he studied organ and piano. He received the Institute’s two highest awards, the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics and the Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies. In June 2013 he received his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a past recipient of a William Fulbright Grant. He has performed three times in the Republic of Slovenia: 2004 at an All Nations Organ Recital, 2012to perform two concerts; and most recently, March 2014 at the Cankar Hall in the capital city of Ljubljana.

Nathan is managed by the firm Karen McFarlane Artists Inc., an artist management firm located in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to his performances around the USA and Europe, Mr. Laube was the “artist-in-residence” at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, France, 2011-2013.

He has performed at numerous venues including: Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Washington National Cathedral, The Mother Church (Boston), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Overture Hall (Madison, WI), Trinity Cathedral (Portland, OR), First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Stiftskirche (Stuttgart, Germany), Notre-Dame-du-Taur (Toulouse, France), and Cathédrale Saint-Alain (Lavaur, France). Professor Laube will perform on the restored Holtkamp church pipe organ in St. Vitus Church. This organ has 1.500 wooden and metal pipes. It was completely restored in Nov 2009. The organ was originally installed by the Votteler-Holtkamp-Sparling Organ Co. in 1932. The restoration project began with a new blower room installation and continued with work on the console and rest of the instrument, adding new pistons, controls, and a state of the art electronic switching system. The key and stop actions on this organ are electro-pneumatic with 62 manuals and 32 petals.  Restoration was completed by the Holtkamp Organ Co., of Cleveland, Ohio. Restoration cost was $330,000.

This will be Professor Laube’s only organ recital in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014.  Support of the organ recital is made possible by grants from The Frances and Jane S. Lausche Foundation, The American Slovenian Catholic Union (KSKJ) Cultural Grant, American Mutual Life Association (AMLA), St. Vitus KSKJ Lodge #25, St. Vitus Parish, and private donations. Schedule is: All parish Mass at 10AM followed by organ recital and then private reception by invite only in the lower church hall. (Wr. Note: The reception that follows in the lower church hall is by private invitation only. Individuals will need an invite ticket to be served at the reception. Fire code restriction limits at most 300 people at any one time in the lower church hall.).

Directions: I-90 to the East 55th Street exit. Go south about 1,000 feet to East 55th St and St. Clair Avenue. Make a left-hand turn here. Go to first street light, East 61st St and St. Clair Avenue. Make a right-hand turn here. Go about 100 feet to the first stop sign at Lausche Avenue. Parking is in church parking lot across the street from the church. Or park in the back of the parish auditorium, located off East 62nd St and St. Clair Avenue.

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