MAG Music

Sunday Baroque Organ Concerts

Sundays @ 1 pm and 3 pm in the Fountain Court / included in MAG admission

Going for Baroque is a weekly series of mini-recitals. It offers the opportunity for students from the Eastman School of Music to perform along side professional musicians on the Italian Baroque organ on the second floor of the museum.

shown: Two Musicians, Bernardo Strozzi, 1630-1635


Third Thursday Concerts at MAG

October through May | 7:30 pm
Special one-hour programs feature Eastman’s spectacular Italian Baroque Organ. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm in the MAG Fountain Court and are included with museum admission. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come basis.

Made possible by the Joseph Rippey Endowed Trust.
Holiday Concert

An Italian Baroque Christmas ~ “Angels and Shepherds”

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Please join us for our Third Thursday concert special as Eastman organ faculty perform with students to present a program of traditional holiday music from the Baroque tradition. This month’s concert will include works by Praetorius, Corelli, Scheidt, and others. Also included in the program will be an 18th-century Christmas carol “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” which provides an opportunity for audience participation. Musicians include Boel Gidhom and Liza Sommers (violin), Noah Fields (viola), Glenna Curren (cello), and Ben David Aronsen (sackbut), together with Eastman organ faculty member Professor William Porter and Eastman organ students Jacob Fuhrman and Margaret-Mary Owens. They will be joined by a vocal ensemble under the direction of Thatcher Lyman, Director of Music at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in downtown Rochester.


photo (top) by J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester


Past Concerts

Organ and the Opera

Third Thursday Concert at MAG
Thursday, November 15, 2018
This month’s concert will include works by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, and Puccini. Musicians will include Gileann Tan; soprano, Lauren Nash Silberstein; soprano, Mary Mowers; soprano, Veena Akama-Makia; mezzo-soprano, Kyrsten Chambers Jones; mezzo-soprano, and Salvador Lopez Portillo; countertenor. Organists will include Eastman students Oliver Brett, Benjamin Henderson, Daniel Minnick, and Jacob Fuhrman.


The King is Dancing

The King is Dancing

Thursday, October 18, 2018
This program showcases French and Italian music during the time of King Louis XIV. Members of the dynamic European orchestra Il Giardino d’Amore will be joined by early dance specialist Hubert Hazebroucq, who will demonstrate the artful relationship between Baroque dance and music.

This exciting concert will feature solo and collaborative performances of music and dance, with music by Couperin, Lully, Rameau, Uccellini, and Vivaldi. Guest musicians include early music specialists Stefan Plewniak and Katarzyna Kalinowska (baroque violin), and Etienne Galletier (theorbo). They will be joined by doctoral students Cora Swenson Lee (baroque cello) and Malcolm Matthews (organ and harpsichord) from the Eastman School of Music.


Baroque Brass

Thursday, May 17 | 7:30 pm
This week, don’t miss the final Third Thursday concert of the 2017–18 season! Entitled “The Golden Age of the Trombone,” the upcoming program will celebrate the inventive instrumental music of Baroque Europe.


18th-Century Organ Concertos

Thursday, April 19
Eastman students and special guests18th-Century Organ and Concertos with Eastman School of Music students and special guests.
Included with museum admission.


Scordatura Violin with Publick Musick

Thursday, March 15
Music by some of the greatest violin virtuosi of the 17th century: Heinrich Schmelzer and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, performed with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ.
Included with museum admission.


Christ Church Schola Cantorum

Thursday, February 15
Presenting voices and period instruments. Directed by Stephen Kennedy. Watch a clip from a previous MAG performance.
Included with museum admission.


Strings and Pipes

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Harpsichord and Organ Music, with students from Eastman School of Music.
Included with museum admission.


An Italian Baroque Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Eastman School of Music students, faculty, and friends

Our traditional festive concert, with a varied program of seasonal Baroque music for voices, instruments, and organ. A favorite with our audiences!


Te decet hymnus

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Eastman School of Music organ faculty

Eastman’s internationally acclaimed organ faculty play a varied program of works inspired by the Catholic hymn tradition across the ages. Music from Italy, France, and Germany. Presented in conjunction with the 2017 Utech Hymnody Festival.


Chicago Schola Antiqua

“Music in Secret”: Early Italian Convent Music

*Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Schola Antiqua of Chicago with Naomi Gregory, organ & guest director and Cora Swenson Lee, viola da gamba

This program explores the ‘secret’ cloistered world of early Italian convent music. Selections include medieval chant, Renaissance choral music, and Baroque vocal and organ solos. Schola Antiqua of Chicago (director: Michael Alan Anderson) is a professional early music ensemble dedicated to the performance of music before 1600.

* please note that this concert falls on the fourth Thursday of October