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EROI 2009: Mendelssohn and the Contrapuntal Tradition

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EROI 2009: Mendelssohn and the Contrapuntal Tradition
October 29-November 1, 2009

The Eastman School of Music held the eighth annual Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative (EROI) Festival: Mendelssohn and the Contrapuntal Tradition, October 29 — November 1, 2009. Co-sponsored by the Organ Historical Society and the Westfield Center, the festival paid tribute to Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy on the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The program utilized Eastman’s then-new Craighead-Saunders organ, providing attendees with exciting opportunities to experience Mendelssohn’s complete organ works played on an instrument representing an aesthetic that would have been known to the composer.

For a complete listing of presenters and events: Download the 2009 EROI Program Book

2009 Sponsors
Westfield Center • Organ Historical Society • Rochester Chapter,
American Guild of Organists • Episcopal Diocese of Rochester • Christ Church •
Third Presbyterian Church • Parsons Pipe Organ Builders
Paul Fritts and Co. Organ Builders • Flentrop Organ Builders, The Netherlands •
GOArt, Göteborg University, Sweden • Eastman School of Music •
EROI Working Committee • Anonymous


Thursday, October 29

Hyatt Regency

2:30 –
5:30 PM
5:30 –
6:30 PM
Opening Remarks by Dean Douglas Lowry
Wm. A. Little: Mendelssohn and the Organ
6:30 –
8 PM
Light Supper Reception

Christ Church

8:30 PM Reconstruction of Mendelssohn’s Leipzig Concert
David Higgs, Hans Davidsson, William Porter


Friday, October 30

Third Presbyterian Church

9 AM –
Keynote Lecture–R. Larry Todd:
Mendelssohn and the Contrapuntal Tradition

Christoph Wolff: The Bach Tradition Among the Mendelssohn Ancestry

Russell Stinson: Observations on Mendelssohn’s Reception of Bach’s Organ Works

Box Lunches Provided

Christ Church

1:30 PM Concert: Eastman Students
3 –
3:45 PM
Laurence Libin: The Jewish Background to Mendelssohn’s Organ Works
4:30 –
6 PM
Jacques van Oortmerssen: Lecture-Demonstration and Masterclass: Mendelssohn Performance Practice Issues, including Tempo, Registration, and Articulation

Rochester Club Ballroom

6 –
8 PM
Dinner Buffet

Christ Church

8:30 PM Concert: Delbert Disselhorst with Eastman Chorale
(William Weinert, director)


Saturday, October 31

Hyatt Regency

9 AM –
Celia Applegate: Mendelssohn as Mediator: Varieties of Musical Protestantism in Great Britain and Germany

Nicholas Thistlethwaite: “He Ought to Have a Statue”–Mendelssohn, Gauntlett and the English Organ Reform

Wm. A. Little: A Minor Mendelssohnian Mystery–The Curious Case of the Credo and the Nachspiel

John Michael Cooper: Music History as Sermon: Style, Form, and Narrative in Mendelssohn’s “Dürer Cantata”

Lunch Buffet

Christ Church

1:30 PM Concert: Hans Davidsson, David Higgs, William Porter
3 –
5:30 PM
Jacques van Oortmerssen: Lecture-Demonstration and Masterclass
(continued from Friday)

Dinner On Your Own

8:30 PM Concert: Jacques van Oortmerssen with Christ Church Schola Cantorum
(Stephen Kennedy, director)


Sunday, November 1

Christ Church

11 AM Eucharist: with Mendelssohn Repertoire
2 –
5:30 PM
Choose one track:

• Track A: Demonstrations of Rochester instruments (Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, Fritts & Co. opus 26 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, John Brombaugh opus 9 at St. Michael’s Church, Mustel harmonium, Eastman School practice organs)

• Track B: Presentation of ongoing organ research on key touch characteristics in mechanical action organs. Includes an in-depth tour of the Craighead-Saunders Organ and a report about Casparini’s building methods.

Dinner On Your Own

8:30 PM Candlelight Concert
9 PM Compline