Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

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.

“De Profundis” at the Memorial Art Gallery

Third Thursdays at the Memorial Art Gallery welcomes back early music group Publick Musick for their seventh annual concert with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ. Featuring guest baritone Mischa Bouvier, the program will explore the riches of German seventeenth-century sacred music, with works including the virtuosic and deeply moving De profundis by Nicolaus Bruhns, Johann Adam Reincken’s Toccata in G minor for organ, and other vocal works by Johann Schein and Heinrich Schütz. Other performers include Boel Gidholm, baroque violin; Mary Riccardi, baroque violin; Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello; Deborah Fox, theorbo; and Naomi Gregory, organ. The concert will take place Thursday, April 18th, at 7:30pm in the Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court.

Baritone Mischa Bouvier has been praised for his “extraordinary and varied background” and “rare vocal and interpretive gifts” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “beautiful tone” ([Q]onStage), and “rich timbre” and “fine sense of line” (New York Times). Mischa’s recent performances have included the New York premiere of Jocelyn Hagen’s amass with Musica Sacra at Lincoln Center; Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Evangelisti) for the “collected stories” series at Zankel Hall, curated by David Lang and conducted by Julian Wachner; Apollo in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the American Bach Soloists; the role of Dr. P in Michael Lyman’s opera The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New York Live Arts; Fauré’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs with the Princeton Glee Club; and many other recitals throughout the United States, and in Europe and Asia. He continues to impact audiences with his keen musicality and remarkable communicative ability.

For other performers’ bios, please see < www.publickmusick.org >

Founded in 1995, and under the artistic leadership of violinist Boel Gidholm and cellist Christopher Haritatos since 2011, Publick Musick is a Rochester-based period-instrument ensemble that enriches the cultural landscape of Western New York by producing and presenting vibrant, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries and beyond. In their informal and engaging concerts, they perform well-known masterpieces, as well as sharing with their audiences the excitement of discovering and bringing to life unknown gems from the past. Their performers are nationally and internationally renowned Early Music professionals both from the local area and from further afield.

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 the concert is included with Gallery admission, which is half-price on Thursday evenings after 5pm and free to University of Rochester student ID holders. This concert is made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust.  

Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ 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.

The next Third Thursday concert will take place on May 16, 2019. It will feature Innominatum, an Eastman-based Baroque strings group.