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Third Thursday Concert - Publick Musick Plays 17th-century Italian and German Chamber Music

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  • Location:
    Eastman School - Off Campus Memorial Art Gallery
  • Date:
    Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Time:
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Event Description



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

Publick Musick

17th-century Italian and German Chamber Music

Works for cornetto, violin, cello, and organ


The Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concert series welcomes back Rochester-based early music group Publick Musick for their eighth annual concert. Featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque organ, Publick Musick will present a program of 17th-century Italian and German chamber music for strings, organ, and sackbut. Performers include Boel Gidholm, baroque violin; Ben David Aronson, sackbut; Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello; and Naomi Gregory, organ. The concert will take place on Thursday, February 20th, at 7:30pm in the Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court.

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; rarely-heard solo cantatas and instrumental music from Baroque Naples and Rome; and concerts 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 and 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, Nazareth Elementary School, and the Eastman Community Music School.

  Publick Musick concerts are made possible by our generous donors, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Rochester Aria Community Foundation, and by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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About the Series

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. Third Thursday concerts are made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust. 

Memorial Art Gallery

500 University Ave

Rochester, NY 14607

Free with Gallery admission


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