“Eastman at St. Michael’s,” a series of monthly recitals presented in historic St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church by vocal and instrumental performance majors from the Eastman School of Music, returns for a new season beginning Sunday, Sept. 26.
The first fall concert will feature Voices, Rochester’s professional choral chamber ensemble, conducted by founder and Eastman professor William Weinert. Voices specializes in music for small and flexible vocal ensembles, with concerts featuring groups of different sizes. The recital at St. Michael’s starts at 2:30 p.m. and will feature the music of Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, and Allegri in a program titled “Italian Vespers.” The organist for the program will be Ryan Enright.
“Eastman at St. Michael’s” concerts are held on the fourth Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Each concert is followed by a reception and by the 4 p.m. Mass.
Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations can be directed to the church.
The recital series, launched in January 2009, is a collaboration between the Eastman School and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. Located at 869 North Clinton Ave. in Rochester, St. Michael’s is an 1888 Gothic Revival church that was designed by prominent Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding. The Lockport sandstone exterior features a 225-foot tower, a prominent visual landmark on the city’s northeast side. The interior, which is highlighted by stenciled walls, carvings of oak and gold leaf, and Austrian stained glass windows, is considered one of the most beautiful in the area.
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Sunday, Sept. 26
Eastman at St. Michael’s. Voices vocal ensemble; William Weinert, director
St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 869 North Clinton Ave., Rochester
Free, donations to church accepted.