MAG Music

Concerts at the Memorial Art Gallery

Third Thursday Concerts with the Italian Baroque Organ

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.

Third Thursday Concerts with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ

Third Thursdays @ 7:30 pm in the Fountain Court, included in MAG admission
will resume in October, once the Eastman School is back in session

  • May 18, 2017: Organ and Baroque Cello
    This year’s series concludes with a program featuring baroque cello and organ.

    The program will present works from the earliest stage of the cello’s history, with works by Italian Baroque composers Domenico Gabrielli (1651-1690), Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762), and Giacobbe Cervetto (1682-1783). The program also includes works for cello and organ by J. S. Bach, and organ music by Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710).

    The featured performers are Eastman School of Music doctoral students: Cora Swenson-Lee (baroque cello), Oliver Brett (organ), Jacob Fuhrman (organ) and Caroline Robinson (organ); masters student, Lucas Button (baroque cello); senior, Andrew Laven (baroque cello); and Eastman Immersion student, Macintyre Taback (baroque cello).

    Third Thursday Concerts with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ are free with gallery admission (half-price on Thursday evenings, and free to UR students, faculty, and staff). Seating is open and available on a first-come, first-served basis. This series is generously supported by the Joseph Rippey Endowed Trust.

photos above by J. Adam Fenster


  • December 15, 2016: An Italian Baroque Christmas
    This program features Eastman School of Music faculty and students, along with special guests, who will present works by Cavazzoni, Gabrieli, Sweelinck, Bach, and Zipoli. The program will conclude with a performance of favorite Italian Christmas carol, Tu scendi dalle stelle, written in the early 18th century, with choir, instruments, and opportunity for audience participation.
  • October 20, 2016: ‘The Orient Express: Venice to Istanbul’ with Il Giardino d’AmoreThe European baroque chamber ensemble Il Giardino d’Amore opens a new season of popular “Third Thursday Concerts” with the Eastman School of Music’s Italian Baroque Organ at the MAG on Thursday Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. As part of their current U.S. tour*, the group will present a program titled Orient Express: Venice – Istanbul – Mumbai: A Journey Through Time. Featuring baroque string instruments, the Italian Baroque Organ, and oriental percussion, the colorful program will explore the cultural influences of the Orient on the Baroque music of Western Europe. We see this as a lovely tie-in with our current exhibition Courtly Pleasures: Indian Miniature Paintings.

Directed by Stefan Plewniak
*USA tour, presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

  • November 17, 2016: Organ and Baroque Trumpet with Brian Shaw

Earlier in 2015

Edoardo Bellotti plays Phantom of the Opera

WORLD FAMOUS organist, Edoardo Bellotti
Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:30 pm to 11:15 pm
WORLD FAMOUS organist, Edoardo Bellotti will be
playing to the silent film Phantom of the Opera on the ONLY Italian
Baroque Organ in North America! See it in the Fountain Court.

Performing History:
The Italian Baroque Organ and Its Cultural Intersections

October 22–25, 2015 in the Fountain Court

A four-day festival of concerts, masterclasses and paper sessions marks the tenth anniversary of the installation of Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at MAG. complete schedule

Thursday, October 22, 7.30 pm: “An Italian Perspective” SOLD OUT!
Performer: Roberto Antonello (Treviso, Italy), organ

Friday, October 23, 7.30 pm: “From Madrigal to Toccata: Girolamo Frescobaldi” SOLD OUT!
Performer: Edoardo Bellotti (Eastman School of Music), organ and harpsichord

Saturday, October 24, 7.30 pm: “Domenico Zipoli’s Missa a San Ignacio” SOLD OUT!
Performers: Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Rochester (director: Stephen Kennedy), Nathan Laube (organ), Publick Musick (baroque instrumental ensemble)

Sunday, October 25, 1 pm: “Going for Baroque” tickets not required*
Performers: Eastman School of Music organ students Ivan Bosnar, Jacob Dassa & Jacob Fuhrman
*Admission is free, but seating is limited!

Sunday, October 25, 3 pm: “Going for Baroque” tickets not required*
Performer: Annie Laver (Syracuse University), organ
*Admission is free, but seating is limited!

Sunday October 25, 5:30 pm: “A Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concert” SOLD OUT!
Performers: David Higgs (Eastman School of Music), Hans Davidsson (Royal Danish Academy of Music), William Porter (Eastman School of Music, McGill University), organ

Sponsored by the Humanities Project, University of Rochester School of Arts and Sciences