The European baroque chamber ensemble Il Giardino d’Amore opens a new season of popular “Third Thursday Concerts” with the Eastman School of Music’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. As part of their current U.S. tour, the group will present a program titled “Orient Express: Venice – Istanbul – Mumbai: A Journey Through Time.”
Featuring baroque string instruments, the Italian Baroque Organ, and oriental percussion, the colorful program will explore the cultural influences of the Orient on the Baroque music of Western Europe. Featured composers include Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Joseph Fux, Marcin Mielczewski, and Wojciech Bobowski (Ali Ufki). Ufki was a Polish musician and dragoman—an interpreter and guide—in the Ottoman Empire in the mid-17th century. He left an important legacy of musical works and translated the Bible into Ottoman Turkish.
Third Thursday Concerts with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ are free with gallery admission (half-price on Thursday evenings, and free to UR students, faculty, and staff). Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The series is supported by the Joseph Rippey Endowed Trust.