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.

“Innominatum” at the Memorial Art Gallery

Third Thursdays at the Memorial Art Gallery presents their last concert of the season with Innominatum, an Eastman-based early music ensemble, joined by Eastman DMA candidate Caroline Robinson on harpsichord and organ. Together they will perform a collection of seventeenth-century sonatas for quintet from the major countries of Western Europe, with music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Marie Leclair (France); Johann Michael Nicolai and Johannes Rosenmüller (Germany); Antoni Bertali (Italy); and John Jenkins (England). The concert will take place Thursday, May 16th, at 7:30pm in the Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court.

Innominatum is an eclectic ensemble focused on historical performance of 17th and 18th century string repertoire. The ensemble was formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2018 by Ryan Cheng (baroque violin, tenor viol, bass viol), Lydia Becker (baroque violin), Adrienne Hyde (bass viol, baroque cello), Charlie Reed (treble viol, bass viol), and Alice Chuaqui Baldwin (continuo). The quintet are core members of the Eastman Collegium Musicum program, and are actively engaged in the North American early music scene, having performed at American Bach Soloists, the Tafelmusik Winter Institute, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series. Replacing Alice Chuaqui Baldwin for this concert will be Caroline Robinson, a doctoral candidate in the studio of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music and an award-winning solo recitalist.

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.