MAG Music

Sunday Baroque Organ Concerts

Going for Baroque is a weekly series of mini-recitals. It is offered each Sunday at 1:30 pm and again at 3 pm. 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. The 25-minute mini-recital is included with museum admission.

shown: Two Musicians, Bernardo Strozzi, 1630-1635


Third Thursday Concerts at MAG

Special one-hour programs featuring Eastman School of Music’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.

This series of concerts runs annually from October to May.

Admission to the concert is included with museum admission, which is half-price on Thursday evenings after 5 pm and free to University of Rochester staff, students, and faculty ID holders. This concert series is made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust.


Past Concerts

From Our Pandemic to Yours: Music for Our Times by Henry Purcell

Thursday, May 19 | 7:30-8:30 pm

The Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concert series presents Anne Kania on the contralto, Deborah Fox on the lute and Keith Reas on the organ.

Crafting a program connecting Henry Purcell (1659-1695) with the Great Plague of London (1665-66) is an elegant way to acknowledge our living history with a pandemic. The brainchild of Anne Kania, contralto, this program is the final program of the 2021-22 series of the Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, exploring the music of Purcell as a way to express Kania’s experience with Covid-19. The program will include light-hearted comic songs, (“I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly”), mad songs (“Bess of Bedlam”), tragic arias (Dido’s Lament) and beautiful love songs (“Sweeter Than Roses”). Anne Kania, Deborah Fox on lute, and Keith Reas on the organ have crafted a program that shows the fiery, dramatic, and relatable music written by Purcell as England recovered from its own catastrophic illness.

This concert is included with museum admission.


Third Thursday Concert: Micheal Lynn, Flute and Christa Rakich, Organ
Thursday, March 17

The Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concert series presents flutist Michael Lynn and organist Christa Rakich performing works for transverse flutes, recorders, and organ from the 16th-18th centuries. Experience music from centuries past on authentic instruments performed by early music scholars and performers, with organ works by J.S. Bach and Melchior Schildt, a flute sonata by Anna Bon di Venezia, a piece for solo transverse flute by George Tromlitz, and pieces for recorder by Dutch composers Johann Schop and Pieter de Vois. The concert will take place on March 17, 2022 at 7:30PM in the Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court.


Women In Music Festival – Song and Dance: Old and New Music by Women Composers on the Italian Baroque Organ
Thursday, March 24

Anne Laver, organist
A part of Eastman’s Women in Music Festival featuring works by Caterina Assandra, Sor María Clara, Hon Ki Cheung, and the world premiere of Natalie Draper’s Pattern Dances for Meantone Organ with dance students from The School of the Arts.


Third Thursday Concert: In Memory of James Weaver
Thursday, April 21 | 7:30-8:30 pm

The Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concert series presents Kenneth Slowik on the Baroque cello and viola da gamba, and William Porter on the organ.

Program:

  • Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
  • Bach: Sarabanda con partite in C Major, BWV 990
  • Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Keyboard in G Major, BWV 1027