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The Eastman School of Music Organ Department kicks off a new season of Tuesday Pipes — 25-30 minute organ recitals by Eastman students, faculty, and guests as part of the department’s ongoing initiative to bring outstanding organ music to the Rochester community. These weekly lunchtime concerts will begin, after a long hiatus, on August 10th at 12:10 pm at Christ Church, 141 East Ave. Events are free and open to the public. Parking is available on the street and in the East End Garage across the street from the church.
Christ Church is home to two of Rochester’s most prized instruments: the Craighead-Saunders Organ in the rear gallery is a scientific process-reconstruction of an 18th-century instrument that still exists today in Vilnius, Lithuania, created by the central German organ builder Adam Gottlob Casparini in 1776. Completed after six years of research on the original instrument in Vilnius, it is perhaps the only instrument in the United States where one can hear the music of Bach just as he might have heard it. At the opposite end of the church, the Hook & Hastings Organ in the chancel represents the 19th-century American Romantic tradition, featuring original pipes from 1861 and 1893.
Upcoming performers on this series include:
August 10th: Edith Yam
August 17th: Ryan Chan
August 24th: William Porter
August 31st: Wendy Yuen
Christ Church is located just across from the Eastman School, a short walk from numerous lunchtime hotspots in Rochester’s East End. Experience Eastman’s pipe organs before grabbing lunch at Java’s Café, Spot Coffee, Twisted Tap, Tournedos, Orange Glory, and many others.
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 organists of Eastman!
Upcoming concerts will be posted on the Eastman School of Music Organ Events webpage. For more information on Tuesday Pipes, please visit http://www.esm.rochester.edu/organ/events/.
The three-semester-long Eastman Centennial celebration will begin in Fall 2021 and continues throughout 2022. Highlights include acclaimed guest artists performing alongside Eastman’s ensembles; national academic and music conferences; alumni events throughout the country; a television documentary produced in partnership with WXXI, and more. Pillar events include: “Opening of the Doors,” a community-driven celebration scheduled for March 3-6, 2022; “100 concerts to celebrate 100 years”; and a Meliora Weekend celebration in Fall 2022.
For up-to-date information on the Eastman Centennial, including feature stories, future events, videos, testimonials, ways to engage, and more, please visit our Centennial website at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/100.
About Eastman School of Music:
The Eastman School of Music was founded in 1921 by industrialist and philanthropist George Eastman (1854-1932), founder of Eastman Kodak Company. It was the first professional school of the University of Rochester. Mr. Eastman’s dream was that his school would provide a broad education in the liberal arts as well as superb musical training.
More than 900 students are enrolled in the Collegiate Division of the Eastman School of Music—about 500 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. They come from almost every state, and approximately 23 percent are from other countries. They are taught by a faculty comprised of more than 130 highly regarded performers, composers, conductors, scholars, and educators. They are Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy winners, Emmy winners, Guggenheim fellows, ASCAP Award recipients, published authors, recording artists, and acclaimed musicians who have performed in the world’s greatest concert halls. Each year, Eastman’s students, faculty members, and guest artists present more than 900 concerts to the Rochester community. Additionally, more than 1,700 members of the Rochester community, from young children through senior citizens, are enrolled in the Eastman Community Music School.