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 alongside 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 2019 through May 2020 | 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.

Third Thursday Concerts are made possible by the Joseph Rippey Endowed Trust.


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


Past Concerts

Innominatum

Thursday, May 16, 2019 Third Thursday Concert with Carolyn Robinson

Third Thursdays at the Memorial Art Gallery presents their last concert of the season with Innominatum, an Eastman-based early music ensemble, joined by Eastman DMA candidate Caroline Robinson on harpsichord and organ. Together they will perform a collection of seventeenth-century sonatas for quintet from the major countries of Western Europe, with music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Marie Leclair (France); Johann Michael Nicolai and Johannes Rosenmüller (Germany); Antoni Bertali (Italy); and John Jenkins (England).


“De Profundis” at the Memorial Art Gallery

Thursday, April 18, 2019
The early music group Publick Musick returns for their seventh annual concert with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ. Featuring guest baritone Mischa Bouvier, the program will explore the riches of German seventeenth-century sacred music, with works including the virtuosic and deeply moving De profundis by Nicolaus Bruhns, Johann Adam Reincken’s Toccata in G minor for organ, and other vocal works by Johann Schein and Heinrich Schütz. Other performers include Boel Gidholm, baroque violin; Mary Riccardi, baroque violin; Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello; Deborah Fox, theorbo; and Naomi Gregory, organ.

Renaissance Revisited

Thursday, March 21, 2019

This Third Thursday concert showcases the splendor of late Renaissance music in Europe.  Acclaimed cornetto player, Kiri Tollaksen, joins the Christ Church Schola Cantorum of Rochester, NY, directed by Stephen Kennedy, in a varied program of sacred vocal and instrumental works.

It features music from Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and England.  Composers include Orlando Gibbons, Hans Leo Hassler, Biagio Marini, Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Samuel Scheidt, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Thomas Tallis, and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Featured performers include: Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto; Christ Church Schola Cantorum, directed by Stephen Kennedy; Boel Gidholm, baroque violin; Sarah McConnell and Mary Mowers, soprano; Ben David Aronson, Dillon Downey, Jordan Moore, sackbuts; Oliver Brett, Naomi Gregory, Malcolm Matthews, and Amanda Mole, organ.


Strings and Pipes

February 21, 2019
This Third Thursday concert will feature some of the most elevated harpsichord and organ music by seventeenth-century French, German, and English composers. Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ will share the concert floor with Eastman’s two-manual harpsichord by Keith Hill, built in the tradition of the eighteenth-century French builder Blanchet.

Eastman School’s William Porter will perform on harpsichord and Jacob Fuhrman on the Organ.


 

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.


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.