Chautauqua Institution President Tom Becker’s job at the final Sacred Song Service of the season is to present a closing speech and tap the gavel three times. Jared Jacobsen’s job is to create the “jewelry setting” for that symbolic closing.
Spending summers at Chautauqua Institution when he was growing up, Jared Jacobsen was inundated with American music — fitting for “the most American place in America.”
The Massey Memorial Organ is an important part of the Chautauqua community, and it certainly has been significant to Jared Jacobsen’s life as well. Jacobsen, 65, has been coming to Chautauqua for 60 years, and he has been the Chautauqua organist for 16 years. Jacobsen shares what it’s like to be an organist and how the Massey Organ changed his life.
The official opening of Chautauqua Institution on the first Sunday of each season offers a time to remember Chautauquans who have passed away since the previous season.
Although Jared Jacobsen originally planned to perform a range of pieces from the Romantic era of music, he realized he’d rather highlight two major ones.
Jared Jacobsen isn’t a morning person. But his dog is. It’s waking up early to walk his dog that allows Jacobsen, Chautauqua Institution organist, to take in the morning mist that comes off the lake.
Jared Jacobsen and the Chautauqua community will celebrate that significance at Sunday’s Sacred Song Service at 8 p.m. in the Amphitheater. The service’s theme is “Strengthening Ties in the Family of Abraham.”
Several decades ago, a group of monks shared a vision of a place where all people were welcome to reflect, meditate and pray. That ecumenical monastic order, the Taizé Community, gained popularity, and Chautauqua organist Jared Jacobsen will bring a program to the Institution inspired by it.
Jared Jacobsen can’t always get away with whimsy. But he knows the Chautauqua Institution crowd can have a little fun.
Art Deco ushered in a new way of looking at art, design and architecture nearly overnight. And while the movement is often associated with those fields, Jared Jacobsen said the style reaches as far as music.