Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

EROI 2012: Bach and the Organ

EROI 2012 LogoEROI 2012: Bach and the Organ
September 27-30, 2012

featuring keynote speaker Peter Williams

The 2012 Festival was presented in conjunction with the biennial meeting of the American Bach Society. We extend a special thank-you to the Westfield Center and the American Bach Society, whose support made this event possible.

The eleventh annual EROI Festival, a collaboration between the American Bach Society, the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative, and the Westfield Center, explored the myriad facets of Johann Sebastian Bach’s connection to the organ. The program featured exciting new scholarship by internationally recognized Bach scholars on topics ranging from the organ’s role in eighteenth century vocal instrumental music, manuscript studies, and the instrument in eighteenth century context and society, among others. Performances consisted of solo organ works and cantatas by Bach and his circle on the Craighead-Saunders Organ and Hook & Hastings Organ Opus 1573 at Christ Church, the Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, the Fritts Organ at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and the pedal clavichord.

For a complete listing of presenters and events: Download the 2012 EROI Program Book



Thursday, September 27

1:30-5:00 p.m.    Cominsky Promenade, Eastman School of Music


2:30-4:30 p.m.    Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
Music History Master Class with papers by Eastman Students.
Daniel R. Melamed, respondent

5:00 p.m. Hatch Recital Hall

Welcome Douglas Lowry, Joan and Martin Messinger, Dean, Eastman School of Music

Panel Discussion of the new Bach Editions
David Schulenberg and George Stauffer

6:30 p.m.    Rochester Club Ballroom
Light Dinner Reception

8:00 p.m.  Christ Church, 141 East Ave.
Reconstruction of Mendelssohn’s Organ Concert in Leipzig, 1840
Hans Davidsson, David Higgs, and William Porter, organists.
[T] – call Eastman Theatre Box Office
Tickets $15, discounts available with University of Rochester ID

Friday, September 28

Hatch Hall, Eastman School of Music

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Hatch Recital Hall

Keynote Address
Peter Williams: On Bach and the Organ

Peter Williams, Keynote Address: On Bach and the Organ

Paper Session I: The Eighteenth Century Organist
Andrew Talle (Johns Hopkins University): The Daily Life of a German Organist around 1750
Wm. A. Little (University of Virginia): The Students of Bach: The Curious Case of Matthias Sojka

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.    Rochester Club Ballroom


1:00 p.m.     Christ Church, 141 East Ave.
Bach Concert by Eastman Student Organists Adrian Foster, Thatcher Lyman, Amanda Mole, and Oliver Wolcott
[T] – Call Eastman Theatre Box Office
Tickets $15, discounts available with University of Rochester ID

2:30 – 5:30 p.m.     Hatch Recital Hall
Paper Session II: The Organ in Eighteenth Century Germany
Lynn Edwards Butler (Vancouver, British Columbia): Bach’s Report on Johann Scheibe’s Organ for Leipzig’s St. Paul’s Church: A Reassessment
Peter Wollny (Bach-Archiv Leipzig): An Unknown Collection of Organ Dispositions from Bach’s Circle
Gregory Butler (University of British Columbia): The Trost Organ in Altenburg and Bach’s Clavierübung III as Manifestations of the Triunophilia of Duke Frederick III of Saxe-Gotha
Michael Maul (Bach-Archiv Leipzig): Johann Matthias Holzhey’s Fight for a New Instrument: Newly Discovered Documents about Organ Building, Playing, and Networking of Organists from Bach’s Thuringia

6:00 p.m. – Meeting of the ABS Advisory Board (location TBA)

Dinner on your own

8:00 p.m.    Christ Church, 141 East Ave.
Organ Recital by Jacques van Oortmerssen: Music of J. S. Bach
[T] – Call Eastman Theatre Box Office
Tickets $15, discounts available with University of Rochester ID

Saturday, September 29

7:45 a.m. – Meeting of the ABS Editorial Board (location TBA)

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Hatch Recital Hall
Paper Session III: Chorales, Preludes, and Fugues
Robin Leaver (Yale University): What is the Significance of the Manuscript Choral-Buch Attributed to Bach in the Sibley Library?
Russell Stinson (Lyon College): Bach and the Varied Stollen
Ellen Exner (University of South Carolina): “Let by me and never recorded”: Lost Homilius Manuscript Found
David Schulenberg (Wagner College): Preludes and Fugues by Bach? Questions of Text, Genre, and Attribution in the Organ Works

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.     Rochester Club Ballroom

1:00 p.m.     Hatch Recital Hall
Clavichord Recital by Joel Speerstra: Bach at Home
This performance is SOLD OUT

2:30-5:30 p.m.
Paper Session IV

Organ and Harpsichord        
Mary Oleskiewicz (University of Massachusetts, Boston): Keyboards, Bachs, and Berlin: Keyboard Instruments and Members of the Bach Family at the Court of Frederick “the Great”        
Matthew Dirst (University of Houston): Continuo Practice in the Bach Passions

The Organist as “Concertist”
Christoph Wolff (Harvard University): Did J. S. Bach Write Organ Concertos? Apropos the Prehistory of the Cantata Movements with Obbligato Organ
Matthew Cron (Sudbury, MA): Representations of Heaven in the Obbligato Organ Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach

6:00 p.m.     Christ Church   – Program repeated at 8:30 p.m.
[Bach conference participants attend early performance]
Gala concert of festive vocal and instrumental music

Boston Early Music Chamber Ensemble with organists Edoardo Bellotti and William Porter, the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, and renowned vocal soloists: Cantatas by J. S. Bach and G. H. Stölzel.
[T] – Call Eastman Theatre Box Office
Tickets $25, discounts available with University of Rochester ID

8:00 p.m.     Rochester Club Ballroom
Banquet for all participants
Address by Mary Greer, president, American Bach Society

Sunday, September 30

9:30 a.m.     Rochester Club Ballroom
Breakfast and business meeting for ABS members

11:00 a.m.     Christ Church
Christ Church Eucharist (Prelude begins at 10:50 a.m.)
Stephen Kennedy, director of music

Musicians include:

Geoffrey Burgess, baroque oboe
David Higgs and William Porter, organists
Christ Church Consort and Choir
Chelsea Barton, organ scholar

Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m. Bus departs from Eastman School for Sacred Heart Cathedral

2:00 p.m.     Sacred Heart Cathedral
Organ Recital by Robert Bates-
J.S. Bach: Clavierübung III

4:00 p.m. Bus departs for Memorial Art Gallery

5:30 p.m.     Memorial Art Gallery – Fountain Court
Recital on the Italian Baroque Organ by Edoardo Bellotti: Bach and the Italian Influence
This performance is SOLD OUT

6:30 p.m.     Memorial Art Gallery – Pavilion
Light dinner reception
8:15 p.m. Bus departs for Christ Church

8:50 p.m.     Christ Church, 141 East Ave.
Organ prelude to Compline

9:00 p.m.     Christ Church, 141 East Ave.
Compline sung by the Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Stephen Kennedy, director of music

Monday, October 1

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Christ Church
Jacques van Oortmerssen masterclass for Eastman students

5:45 p.m. – 7:15 pm    Time and Location TBA
Eastman Organ Department Colloquium (open to all)
Includes special presentation by John Brombaugh on the Niehoff/Dropa organ of Johanniskirche, Lüneburg

Public Concerts and Events
Tickets are available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 East Main Street, 585-454-2100.

Tuesday, October 2

6:00 p.m.     Hatch Recital Hall   Program repeated at 8:30 p.m.
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Paul O’Dette, director, William Porter, harpsichordist