Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ
at the Memorial Art Gallery
On the third Thursday of each month, from September through May, the Eastman School of Music and the Memorial Art Gallery present varied concert programs by faculty and guest artists featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ. These programs are free with Gallery admission after 5pm and are made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust. Admission is free for University of Rochester ID holders. All concerts begin at 7:30pm. Please arrive early as seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
The Third Thursday concert series provides musicians and music-lovers the opportunity to experience authentic Baroque music on a regular basis. Its concerts highlight Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ, which 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 visitors who attend weekly Sunday mini-recitals and special “Third Thursday” concerts by internationally celebrated guest artists and Eastman musicians.
Admission to these concerts is included with Gallery admission, which is half-price on Thursday evenings after 5pm and free to University of Rochester student ID holders. These concerts are made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust.
Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery 2022-2023 Upcoming Season
Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 7:30PM
PUBLICK MUSICK — Boel Gidholm and Christopher Haritatos, Artistic Directors
with Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto
17th-century German and Italian Composers: Weckmann, Pohle, Castello, Marini,
Frescobaldi and others.
Publick Musick Press Release Jan 19, 2023
Thursday, February 16, 2023 @ 7:30PM
ERICA JOHNSON, organ
Thursday, March 16, 2023 @ 7:30PM
QUICKSILVER BAROQUE ENSEMBLE — Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Baroque violins; Avi Stein, organ and harpsichord; Charles Weaver, theorbo
“Violini a due: An Italian Journey” — A dazzling tour of Italy, exploring sublime and dramatic works spanning the 17th century, illuminating numerous regions and styles, from the birthplace of the virtuoso violin through its rich development, from Castello to Corelli.
Thursday, April 20, 2023 @ 7:30PM
SARAH STONE, Baroque cello; KEITH REAS, organ
Bach: Solo Cello Suite no. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Cervetto: Cello Sonata, op. 3, no. 6
Rognoni: “Ancor che col partire”
Vitali: Third Cello Suite
Vivaldi: Cello Sonata in G minor, RV 42
Thursday, May 18, 2023 @ 7:30PM
ANNETTE RICHARDS and DAVID YEARSLEY, organs
“Nature’s Voices” — music of birds, forests, gardens and more by Sweelinck, Frescobaldi,
Byrd, Bull and contemporaries – and some poetry
Previous Concerts from 2022-2023 Season
Thursday, November 17, 2022 @ 7:30PM
Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery
“Madre, Vergine, Regina: Italian Baroque Music for our Holy Mother”
Jeffrey Thompson, tenor; Naomi Gregory, organ; Deborah Fox, theorbo
Memorial Art Gallery
Thursday, December 15, 2022 @ 7:30PM
Members of CHRIST CHURCH SCHOLA CANTORUM — Stephen Kennedy, director/organ
“Un presepe musicale” — A Musical Nativity
Music representing various characters and components of a presepe (Nativity scene):
shepherds, animals, star, Magi, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.