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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 our informal and engaging concerts, we perform well-known masterpieces, as well as sharing with our audiences the excitement of discovering and bringing to life unknown gems from the past. Our performers are nationally and internationally renowned Early Music professionals both from the local area and from further afield.
Highlights from the last few seasons include programs of rarely heard 17th-century German Christmas and Easter music, involving the audience in sing-along chorales; popular annual performances with the Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery; a performance at the Eastman School of Music's Women in Music Festival of music of Isabella Leonarda, a 17th century Ursuline nun; a recital of the works of composers of African descent from the 18th through the 20th centuries; performances of chamber music of the Classical era using pianos modeled on those of the 18th century; and a concert of Bach Cantatas with Eastman's Craighead-Saunders organ in Christ Church Rochester.
In addition to these concert performances, the ensemble has also done educational presentations/performances for area colleges and universities such as SUNY-Brockport, RIT, and Genesee Community College-Dansville, as well as at Rochester's School of the Arts.
Third Thursday Concerts are special one-hour programs featuring Eastman’s spectacular Italian Baroque Organ. Enjoy Scordatura Violin with Publick Musick and with some of the greatest violin virtuosi of the 17th century: Heinrich Schmelzer and Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber.
All concerts are free unless otherwise noted. All concerts listed are open to the public. Please note that all concerts are subject to change.
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