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Third Thursday: Angels and Shepherds

The latest installment in the Third Thursday concert series will feature a diverse program of organ, choral, and instrumental music to celebrate the holiday season. Featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery, “Angels and Shepherds” will include performances by Eastman School of Music students, alumni, faculty, and guests. The concert will take place Thursday, December 20, at 7:30pm in the Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court.

The Third Thursday series has traditionally presented a Christmas-themed program each December. This month’s concert will include works by Praetorius, Corelli, Scheidt, Playford, and others. Also included in the program will be a variety of pastorales by Italian composers and an 18th-century Christmas carol “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” which provides an opportunity for audience participation. Musicians include Boel Gidhom and Liza Sommers (violin), Noah Fields (viola), Glenna Curren (cello), and Ben David Aronsen (sackbut), together with Eastman organ faculty member Professor William Porter and Eastman organ students Jacob Fuhrman and Margaret-Mary Owens. They will be joined by a vocal ensemble under the direction of Thatcher Lyman, Director of Music at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in downtown Rochester.

Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ 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.