Organ, Sacred Music, and Historical Keyboards

Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery

In response to the COVID-19 concerns and in keeping with the University of Rochester and New York State’s decision to cancel all public performances until further notice, all Third Thursday concerts have been cancelled for this Fall.

We understand that these and the numerous other event cancellations are a disappointment, but we value the safety and health of our community and wish to take the precautions outlined by our state and university to minimize any risks of exposure. Please check back for updates on when we can welcome you back to our wonderful Italian Baroque organ and the 2021 Third Thursday season!

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.