Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Performing History with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ: A Tenth Anniversary Celebration


 Click here to read the complete festival overview.

In the fall of 2015, we celebrated the success of Performing History with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ: A Tenth Anniversary Celebration. On behalf of the Eastman Organ Department and the University of Rochester Humanities Center, we wish to extend a sincere thank-you to all of our presenters, performers, and attendees. We were thrilled with the conference turnout, and it was wonderful to see such strong support from all corners of Rochester!

Organ festivals in Rochester always seem to cultivate a strong sense of community and wonder, and this year was no different. It was exciting to witness our students, faculty, visiting performers and lecturers, and community members unite to celebrate this truly one-of-a-kind instrument. Of particular note is that all four evening concerts sold out within just a few weeks of the first ticket sales—a true testament to how strongly the Rochester community supports music, art, and scholarship! We could not be more grateful to be a part of that community.

The four-day festival celebrated the history and unique role of the Italian Baroque Organ. Esteemed performers and clinicians included visiting Italian organists Roberto Antonello and Armando Carideo, along with the entire Eastman organ faculty: David Higgs, Edoardo Bellotti, William Porter, Nathan Laube, Stephen Kennedy, and former faculty members Hans Davidsson and Annie Laver. Students and community members attended paper presentations by University of Rochester and Eastman faculty, and Eastman organ students had the opportunity to perform in two master classes for Mr. Antonello and Mr. Carideo. All of this took place in the Memorial Art Gallery, home to the only full-size Italian Baroque Organ in North America.

We are indebted to all of our presenters, performers, faculty, interns, students, attendees, and Gallery hosts, who made this event possible. A special thank-you to the following:

The Humanities Project, a program of the University of Rochester Humanities Center

The Eastman School of Music

The Memorial Art Gallery and Nancy Norwood, Curator of European Art


Thursday, October 22 | 7:30pm
Roberto Antonello (Treviso, Italy), organ
‘An Italian Perspective’: Gabrieli, Muffat, Buxtehude, Bach, Galuppi, Bovet

Friday, October 23 | 7:30pm
Edoardo Bellotti (Eastman School of Music), organ and harpsichord
‘From Madrigal to Toccata: Girolamo Frescobaldi’

Saturday, October 24 | 7:30pm
Domenico Zipoli: Missa a S. Ignacio
Christ Church Schola Cantorum, Rochester (director: Stephen Kennedy),
Nathan Laube (organ), Publick Musick (baroque instruments)

Sunday, October 25 | 1pm
Eastman student organists: Going for Baroque – *prior ticket reservation not required

Sunday, October 25 | 3pm
Annie Laver (Syracuse University): Going for Baroque*prior ticket reservation not required

Sunday, October 25 | 5:30pm
A Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concert
David Higgs (Eastman School of Music), Hans Davidsson (Royal Danish Academy of Music), William Porter (Eastman School of Music), organ


Friday, October 23 | 9am-11am
Armando Carideo (Rome, Italy): Organ Works of Girolamo Frescobaldi

Saturday, October 24 | 10am-12pm
Roberto Antonello (Treviso, Italy): Organ Works of Domenico Zipoli and his Contemporaries

Paper Presentations:

Friday, October 23 | 2pm-5pm
Patrick Macey (ESM): From Vocal Madrigal to the Keyboard Toccatas of Frescobaldi
Roger Freitas (ESM): The Importance of Being Witty in 17th Century Italy
Laura Smoller (University of Rochester): Magic and Science in the Age of Frescobaldi
Edoardo Bellotti (ESM): The ‘Tricks of the Trade’: Working with Adriano Banchieri’s L’Organo Suonarino

Saturday, October 24 | 2pm-5pm
Roberto Antonello (Conservatorio di Musica di Vicenza, Italy): Italian Influences in the Music of the Jesuit Reductions
Armando Carideo (Rome, Italy): The Jesuits and the Roman Organ Tradition
Curt Cadorette (University of Rochester, Religion and Classics): Eyes and See not; Ears and Hear not?: The Ambiguity of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America.
Alfredo Colman (Baylor University): The Transplanted [Colonial] Harp: Master Symbol of Paraguayan Identity?

View the complete event schedule HERE

Sponsored by the Humanities Project, a program of the University of Rochester Humanities Center.

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