Visiting Danish Organists Present Local Public Concerts as Part of U.S. Study Tour

February 16, 2012

More Information:
For Media Only: Helene Snihur (585-274-1057, hsnihur@esm.rochester.edu)

Eight organists, all faculty members from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, will present concerts on Sunday, Feb. 26, as part of a week-long study trip to the Eastman School of Music.

The musicians, who are recording and prize-winning artists as well as renowned cathedral organists, will be featured in the Italian Baroque Organ Showcase Series at the Memorial Art Gallery and in the Eastman at St. Michael’s Concert Series at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.

Kristian Olesen, Sven-Verner Olsen, Søren Christian Vestergaard, and Hans Ole Thers will headline the program at St. Michael’s Church beginning at 2:30 p.m.  Their program will feature music of Germany and Scandinavia on the church’s Brombaugh and Steere organs. Admission to the monthly concert series is free; donations can be directed to the church.

At 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Art Gallery, Bine Bryndorf, Søren Gleerup Hansen, Yuzuru Hiranaka, and Sven-Ingvart Mikkelsen will present selections by Frescobaldi, Buxtehude, Scheidt, Sweelinck, Muffat, Lorentz and Radeck on the only full-sized Italian Baroque Organ in North America. Tickets are $10 (students $7) and are available at the door.

The group of Danish organists is touring conservatories and music schools in the United States to study the institutions’ music programs. They will be observing lessons and classes at the Eastman School of Music during their stay.

More information on the organ concerts is available by contacting 585-274-1564.

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Sunday, February 26
Eastman at St. Michael’s Concert Series. Organ faculty from The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen.
2:30 p.m.
St. Michael’s Church, 869 North Clinton Ave.
Free, donations to church accepted

Sunday, February 26
Italian Baroque Organ Showcase Concert. Organ faculty from The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen.
5:30 p.m.
Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court, 500 University Ave.
Tickets: $10 (students $7), available at the Memorial Art Gallery during the museum opening hours, and at the door one hour before the concert (cash or check only).