Music series

Brick Church Music Series kicks off fall season with renowned organist

Posted: 09/21/2022 20:57:55

DEERFIELD – ‘The Brick Church’ music series is set to kick off its fall season at Deerfield’s First Church with a performance from a world-renowned organist.

Deerfield’s First Church welcomes Nathan Laube to town Sunday at 3 p.m., marking the start of The Brick Church’s 17th year fall schedule.

Jean Pitman Turner, artistic director of the church, said this show had been in the works for several years, as Laube had entered into a performance contract with the church a few years ago, but the pandemic forced the cancellation of the concert.

This unfulfilled engagement dates back to when Laube was in town to watch Monica Czausz Berney, a renowned organist from western Massachusetts, where he then took to the organ and “played a lot of bits from memory.” At that moment, Pitman Turner knew she wanted Laube to perform a sold-out concert in Deerfield.

“I hung on to him. It took two years to get a contract from him, and then the pandemic hit,” Pitman Turner said. “He’s finally coming.”

Pitman Turner said Laube will perform pieces by JS Bach, Carl Böhm, Mozart and Mendelssohn. She said her willingness to perform at Deerfield, despite her status as both an organ specialist and a renowned player, shows her passion for performing.

“He is frequently invited to serve on juries at international organ competitions…and he is a regular guest at notable music festivals around the world as a performer and teacher,” said Pitman Turner. “He is very eloquent and used to speaking in public. So many times musicians, as well as other people, don’t speak clearly or with passion, but he does.

Laube will perform on the church’s Richards, Fowkes organ, which Pitman Turner called “a gem of an organ”.

“It’s a small organ compared to those he plays all over the world, but he appreciates the quality,” she said. “I think the people who come are organists who appreciate the qualities that have been put into the making of this particular organ.”

Laube is an associate professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and is also an international consultant for organ studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatory in England.

The concert will begin at the First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the door with a suggested donation of $10-$20. Masks are optional and all proceeds will benefit the church. A reception will be held after the concert at Deerfield Academy’s Caswell Library in the school’s main building, just outside the back of the church.

Chris Larabee can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4081.