Shortly before coming to work at Chautauqua Institution in 1996, Jared Jacobsen made a stop at a tiny parish church in London around July 4 to play a recently restored 16th-century pipe organ. He performed “Variations on ‘America,’ ” by Charles Ives, and “the aisles went crazy.”
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Chautauqua organist Jared Jacobsen will perform the American-themed Massey Organ Mini-Concert he didn’t play on the Fourth of July at 12:15 p.m. today in the Amphitheater.
During his usual concert time on the Fourth, the Amphitheater crew was preparing for an evening entertainment event. Today, Jacobsen will play a set of variations on the tune “America” by Charles Ives, and another by I. V. Flagler, who was a music director at Chautauqua in the late 1800s.
“(Flagler) was very much in tune with that early, restlessly experimental nature of Chautauqua, where the sky was the limit, and you wanted to expose people to as many different things as possible,” Jacobsen said.