Concert to Explore Hidden Treasures of Italian Baroque Cello and Organ Repertoire

May 3, 2017

More Information:
For Media Only: Rick Kessel (585-274-1052, rkessel@esm.rochester.edu)

This year’s series of Third Thursday Concerts with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concludes with a program featuring baroque cello and organ, on Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m.

The program will present works from the earliest stage of the cello’s history, with works by Italian Baroque composers Domenico Gabrielli (1651-1690), Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762), and Giacobbe Cervetto (1682-1783).  The program also includes works for cello and organ by J. S. Bach, and organ music by Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710).

The featured performers are Eastman School of Music doctoral students: Cora Swenson-Lee (baroque cello), Oliver Brett (organ), Jacob Fuhrman (organ) and Caroline Robinson (organ); masters student, Lucas Button (baroque cello); senior, Andrew Laven (baroque cello); and Eastman Immersion student, Macintyre Taback (baroque cello).

Third Thursday Concerts with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ are free with gallery admission (half-price on Thursday evenings, and free to UR students, faculty, and staff).  Seating is open and available on a first-come, first-served basis. This series is generously supported by the Joseph Rippey Endowed Trust.

Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ was built around 1770 in central Italy. Restored and installed in 2005 at the Memorial Art Gallery, the instrument is the only one of its kind in North America. The organ’s beautiful, authentic sounds have been heard by thousands of people who have come to the weekly Sunday mini-recitals and the special monthly concerts by internationally known guest artists and Eastman musicians.

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