The Jacobs School of Music will dedicate the newly installed Webb-Ehrlich Great Organ of Alumni Hall (C.B. Fisk, Opus 91) on Sunday, September 15 at 8pm with a repeat performance the following evening. WFIU is partnering with the Jacobs School to present a live broadcast of the Monday, September 16 concert with host George Walker and 2008 Ragatz Distinguished Alumni Award winner Dr. Jesse Eschbach as co-host.
The program will feature the entire organ faculty of the Jacobs School along with Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus Marilyn Keiser and Dean Emeritus Dr. Charles Webb, for whom the organ is partially named. The concert will include music of J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Dubois, Franck, Lefébure-Wély, Messiaën, Rheinberger, and Saint-Saëns performed on the French Baroque-inspired instrument originally constructed in 1987 by C.B. Fisk, Inc. of Gloucester, Massacheusetts.
About the Co-Host
Dr. Jesse Eschbach is the past chair of the keyboard studies division at the University of North Texas College of Music, where he has served as a faculty member since 1986. Eschbach holds a doctorate of musical arts degree from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Robert Glasgow. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Indiana University where he was a student of Oswald Ragatz. Eschbach studied early French music and the works of Jehan Alain in the class of Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison. During this time, he was awarded the Prix d’Excellence and the Prix de Virtuosité by unanimous jury. Upon completion of his doctorate, Eschbach returned to France to accept the post of organist and choirmaster at St. Michael’s English Church in Paris. While there, he studied organ with Marie-Madeleine Duruflé and piano with Christiane Devos.
He has appeared as a recitalist and lecturer throughout Europe and the United States. His recent recording of Franck and Guilmant has been released on CD on the Centaur label. With the organbuilder Gene Bedient, he co-founded the Summer Institute for French Organ Studies which meets for two weeks each summer in Souvigny and Lyon, France.