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.

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.

In response to the COVID-19 concerns and in keeping with the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music’s decision to cancel all public performances and events for the remainder of the semester, we are sorry to announce that our March and April concerts have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

We understand that these and the numerous other recent event cancellations are a disappointment, but we value the safety and health of our community and wish to take the precautions outlined by our university to minimize any risks of exposure. We hope to see you again in October for the first concert of our 2020-2021 Third Thursday season!

To read more about the University of Rochester’s decision, please follow this link.


Third Thursday Concerts with the Italian Baroque Organ

at the Memorial Art Gallery

2019-2020 Season


October 17 & 18

Keyboard and Key Moves, plus lecture on Fri, 3pm

French Baroque dance and music. Catherine Turocy and Alexis Silver, early dance specialists. Lisa Goode Crawford, harpsichord, Stephen Kennedy, organ


November 21

The Young Bach

Youthful works particularly well-adapted to the Italian Baroque Organ – its sounds, temperament and range. Performed by Eastman students


December 19

With Nature Marveling: Advent Music of Long Ago

17th – 18th century carols and sacred music for Christmas – from England and Northern Europe. Michael Anderson, conductor


January 16

The Art of the Fantasy

Nathan Laube, organist

Works by William Byrd, Antoni van Noordt, Louis Couperin, and more


February 20

Publick Musick

17th-century Italian and German Chamber Music

Works for cornetto, violin, cello, and organ


March 19

Works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Böhm

Kenneth Slowik, baroque cello

William Porter, baroque organ


April 16

A Musical Tour of 18-Century Europe on Organ, Harpsichord and Fortepiano

Annette Richards and David Yearsley, duo

Works by Bernardo Pasquini, J.S., J. C. and C. P. E. Bach, and more