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.

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.

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

Past Concerts

Publick Musick

Publick Musick Thursday, January 16 at 7:30 pm

Featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque organ, Publick Musick will present a program of 17th-century Italian and German chamber music for strings, organ, and sackbut. Performers include Boel Gidholm, baroque violin; Ben David Aronson, sackbut; Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello; and Naomi Gregory, organ.

Founded in 1995, and under the artistic leadership of violinist Boel Gidholm and cellist Christopher Haritatos since 2011, Publick Musick is a Rochester-based period-instrument ensemble that enriches the cultural landscape of Western New York by producing and presenting vibrant, historically informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries and beyond.

photo supplied by Publick Musick

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Third Thursdays: With Nature Marveling ~ Advent Past and Present

Holiday Concert at MAG Thursday, December 19 at 7:30

The December concert of the Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concert series will feature a program of hymns, chants, and carols sung and played to celebrate the holiday season. Featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque organ, “With Nature Marveling: Advent Music from Long Ago” will include performances by Eastman School of Music students, faculty, and guests. The program is organized and conducted by Associate Professor of Musicology, Michael Alan Anderson, an early music specialist at Eastman.

Italian Baroque Organ Concerts

Keyboard and Key Moves: Baroque Explorations in Synesthesia

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Third Thursdays at the Memorial Art Gallery opens its 2019 season with a dramatic musical tale of two aristocratic ladies whose lives unfold through a series of French songs and dances from the eighteenth century. Come and experience the intimate relationship between keyboard and dancer as each balances the other to create a dramatic realization that might have been presented in a French court. This special performance is created by guest historian, dancer, and choreographer Catherine Turocy, who is joined by fellow period dancer Alexis Silver from the New York Baroque Dance Company. Accompanying them will be Eastman faculty members Lisa Goode Crawford on harpsichord and Stephen Kennedy on the Italian Baroque organ. The program will include works by Louis and François Couperin, Jean Philippe Rameau, and Jean-Henri D’Anglebert, among others.

Included in museum admission.

Secrets of Performance

Secrets of Performance - Catherine Turocy Friday, October 18, 2019 | 3 pm | Open to the Public

History and Development of French Baroque Music and Dance–and the widespread influence on European and American Culture of the 18th Century.

Ms. Turocy speaks about “Secrets of Performance,” and with harpsichordist, Lisa Goode Crawford shares insights into performance practice that go beyond notation – into the Worlds of the Mind and the Stage.

Catherine Turocy, recognized as one of today’s leading choreographers/reconstructors and stage directors in 17th and 18th-century-period performance, with over 70 Baroque opera-ballets to her credit, has been decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. A founding member of the Society for Dance History Scholars (now Dance Studies Association, of which she is also a founding member), Ms. Turocy has lectured on period performance practices around the world, including the Royal Academies of Dance in London, Stockholm, and Copenhagen; the Festival Estival in Paris and The Society for Early Music in Tokyo. She has served as a consultant to Clark Tippett of American Ballet Theater and Edward Villella of the Miami City Ballet. Included in museum admission. UofR and Eastman School of Music faculty, staff & students are free with ID.


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.