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

Special one-hour programs featuring 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 unreserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Made possible by the Joseph Rippey Endowed Trust.

Third Thursday Concert

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. An inspiration for the concert derives from 17th-century Italy, where instruments like the trombone, violin, and cello were at the center of an explosion of innovative music-making. Trombonists of the era occupied prestigious positions across Europe and established their instrument as one of unlimited virtuosic and expressive potential.

This performance will take you on a tour through that colorful instrumental repertoire, to the towering cathedrals and elegant courts of Baroque Europe. The program is curated by Ben David Aronson, who holds a doctorate in trombone performance from the Eastman School of Music. He is joined by Liza Malamut on the sackbut, Aika Ito and Molly Werts McDonald on baroque violin, and Glenna Curren on baroque cello. Eastman doctoral student Caroline Robinson will perform with them on Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ.

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

Past Concerts

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