Eastman Organists’ Community Concerts return for the 2017-18 season

October 23, 2017

The Eastman School of Music Organ Department is happy to announce the roster for this year’s season of Community Concerts, short organ recitals by Eastman students as part of the department’s ongoing initiative to bring outstanding organ music to the Rochester community. From October to May, students will perform in monthly concerts in local churches around Rochester, facilitating a musical connection between organists and the community beyond weekly Sunday services. Events are open to the public, and a free-will offering will benefit the Eastman Organ Department student travel fund. This fund will help students travel to historic pipe organs around the world, shaping their understanding of the repertoire they play.

The first Community Concert will take place Sunday, October 29, at 3:00 p.m., at St. Anne Church on Mount Hope Avenue. The sizable Konzelman Pipe Organ at St. Anne’s carries a reputation for its versatility and ability to accommodate varied repertoire. Performers for the concert include Eastman Organ Department members Jacob Dassa and Meg Cutting, both in their final year of their undergraduate studies and fresh from a summer spent playing historical organs in Germany and France.

The following churches have graciously offered to host the first five Community Concerts: 

Sunday, October 29, 2017 

Saint Anne Church 

1600 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

3:00 p.m. 

Friday, November 10, 2017 

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Penfield

43 Gebhardt Rd, Penfield, NY 14526

7:30 p.m. 

Friday, December 8, 2017 

First Baptist Penfield

1862 Penfield Rd, Penfield

7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 

25 Westminster Road, Rochester, NY 14607

4:00 p.m. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Webster

131 W Main St, Webster, NY 14580

3:00 p.m.

The variety of instruments to be showcased throughout the series is interesting for both performers and concert-goers alike. Since every pipe organ is different from the next, each program will offer a variety of soundscapes and colors that are sure to delight and satisfy the ear.

Come hear what the King of Instruments can do, played by the talented and hard-working students of Eastman!

Held monthly at various churches around Rochester, upcoming concerts will be posted on the Eastman School of Music Organ Events webpage. Please refer to the link below for up-to-date info on location, times, and performers. Be on the lookout for concerts February to May!

For more information on the Community Concert Series, please visit https://www.esm.rochester.edu/organ/community-concerts/

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