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Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs will perform Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Jacobs’ recording of Messiaen’s “Livre du Saint Sacrement,” released by Naxos in September 2010, won the Grammy for Best Solo Instrumental, the first time a disc of solo organ music ever received this honor.

Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when he played J.S. Bach’s complete organ works in an 18-hour marathon performance on the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death. He has also performed the complete organ works of Olivier Messiaen in marathon performances throughout North America, and recently reached the milestone of having performed in all 50 states.

At age 15, Jacobs was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500 in his hometown of Washington, Pa. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, double-majoring with John Weaver for the organ and Lionel Party for the harpsichord, and at Yale University with Thomas Murray. He joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in 2003, and was named chairman of the organ department in 2004, one of the youngest faculty appointees in the school’s history. He received Juilliard’s prestigious William Schuman Scholar’s Chair in 2007.

He has performed with top symphony orchestras and conductors around the world.

In addition to his concert and teaching appearances, Jacobs has appeared on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams,” “Performance Today” and “Saint Paul Sunday” as well as NPR’s “Morning Edition” and ABC-TV’s “World News Tonight.”

Sunday’s concert will feature works by Bach, Schumann, Stanley, Boulanger, Elgar, Mozart and Guilmant.

It starts at 4 p.m. Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for student and senior citizens and are available online at or by calling the Stambaugh box office at 330-259-0555.