Compline
Nov
20
8:30pm 8:30pm

Compline

Compline with Schola Cantorum. A peaceful and contemplative close to a full week of beautiful music. The Prelude for this evening, starting at 8:30 PM, will feature Glenna Curren (baroque cello) and friends. For additional information, see the listing under November 13.

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Going for Baroque at the MAG
Nov
20
1:00pm 1:00pm

Going for Baroque at the MAG

Join Juli Elliot (soprano) and Christopher Petit (organ) as they present a wild and crazy program of Neapolitan sacred music, possibly by composers who actually played the Italian Baroque Organ installed in the resonant Fountain Court at the Memorial Art Gallery.

This program will be repeated at 3 PM.

Program is Free with admission to the Art Gallery.  

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At home with Malcolm Matthews - A Harpsichord Recital
Nov
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

At home with Malcolm Matthews - A Harpsichord Recital

Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church on Washington Square, Malcom Matthews displays in his home church a mastery of what is perhaps the quintessential Baroque keyboard instrument. Last year’s recital was the talk of the festival!  You won't want to miss this year’s program, which features Jacque Duphly's Pieces in C of 1758 and J.S. Bach's Fourth English Suite in F major, BWV 809.

Freewill offering.

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Festival Gala Concert
Nov
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Festival Gala Concert

The capstone of the Early Music Festival, our Gala Concert celebrates the diversity of early music in the glorious acoustic environment of St. Anne Church. Presented in "prism" format, singers and instrumentalists surround the audience with music, flowing freely and without interruption from one performance to another. You will experience a broad sampling of the breadth and depth of early music during this two hour concert. Be sure to stay to meet the artists at a reception open to all after the performance!

  • General Admission tickets: $15 in advance (online or at Parkleigh), $20 at the door, $5 student tickets available
  • Preferred Seating tickets: $30, online, at Parleigh, or at the door
  • REMF Benefactor tickets: $100 (includes preferred seating and a tax receipt), online or by sending a check to Musica Spei, 25 Vick Park B, Rochester, 14607. Please note that a check must be received by November 11.

Tickets may be ordered online on the Festival Information page.

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Organ and Baroque Trumpet at the MAG
Nov
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Organ and Baroque Trumpet at the MAG

Baroque trumpet virtuoso Brian Shaw presents the next Third Thursday Concert on Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.  The program explores the solo trumpet repertoire of the Italian Baroque, from the mid-17th century to the early 18th century.

Shaw’s program includes music by trumpeter Girolamo Fantini (1600-1675), who was central in the early development of the trumpet as a solo instrument in Italy. Fantini published one of the first-known trumpet-playing methods in 1638, and was widely known for his skill on the instrument. Other featured composers include Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Tomaso Albinoni, and Alessandro Scarlatti.

Shaw will be joined by Naomi Gregory, organ, Boel Gidholm, baroque violin, and Ekaterina Gorlova, soprano. Gregory is a PhD student in musicology at the Eastman School of Music; she received her DMA in organ performance at the school in 2014.  Gidholm is co-artistic director of Publick Musick, a Rochester-based period instrument ensemble specializing in vibrant, historically informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries and beyond. Gorlova is a senior voice major at Eastman in the studio of Professor of Voice Anthony Dean Griffey.

Program is Free with Admission to the Gallery.  More information here.

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Eastman at Washington Square
Nov
17
12:15pm12:15pm

Eastman at Washington Square

Revel in the glorious sound of natural horns (precursors to the modern French Horn) resounding in the resplendent acoustics of 1st Universalist Church! Hornist Erin Futterer and her quartet present this concert in conjunction with the Rochester Early Music Festival.

Bring your lunch with you and enjoy this Thursday’s edition of the popular Eastman at Washington Square concert series, programmed with the REMF in mind.  These free concerts are presented by the Eastman School of Music every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. throughout the school year, running for roughly 30-45 minutes. The complete schedule can be found at the  Eastman Community Music School website.

Brown bag lunches are welcome during the performance; admission is free.

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Bachaholics Anonymous
Nov
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bachaholics Anonymous

  • St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

An audience favorite, “Bach” again by popular demand, this meeting of “Bachaholics Anonymous” is NOT your ordinary 12 – step gathering. Popular local performers demonstrate, in a lighthearted format, why Bach’s music is so addictive. The program will feature works using the musical theme B--A--C--H (B flat-A-C-B natural), and will include Cantata 23, Du Wahrer Gott und Davids Son as well as selections from The Art of the Fugue and The Musical Offering.  

Juli Elliot, Soprano
Amy Schrlau, Soprano
Ann Rhody, Alto
Grady Bailey, Tenor
Joe Finetti, Bass
Christopher Petit, keyboards
Holly Spangenberg, violin
Lydia Becker, violin
Glenna Curren, baroque cello
Ben Aronson, sackbut
Emlyn Johnson, baroque flauto traverso
Andrew Blanke, baroque oboe
Susan Kieran, baroque oboe

Free-will offering, to benefit St. Paul's and the REMF.

 

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Baroque Sing-along with the American Guild of Organists
Nov
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Baroque Sing-along with the American Guild of Organists

  • First Presbyterian Church, Pittsford (map)
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The American Guild of Organists presents an evening of Baroque preludes based on Lutheran chorales and Gregorian chant, on an organ built in the style of David Tannenberg (the most prominent colonial-era American organ-builder). The audience will also have the opportunity to sing each melody, accompanied by some of Rochester's finest organists.

Performing at this event will be David McCarthy (current President of the Rochester Chapter of the AGO) along with Bruce Frank, Thatcher Lyman, Maryanne Hamilton, Dianne Maynard-Christensen and Rob Ferris.

Freewill Offering.

 

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Tuesday Pipes at Christ Church
Nov
15
12:10pm12:10pm

Tuesday Pipes at Christ Church

The Tuesday Pipes series features some of the area’s finest organists playing the magnificent Craighead-Sauders organ of Christ Church. Organist Naomi Gregory will be joined by Boel Gidholm (violin, co-director of Publick Musick) and friends in a short (about 35 minute) concert.

This is a free concert, sponsored by the Organ Department of the Eastman School of Music and Christ Church.

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Music for a New Generation: cello sonatas by sons of Bach and Mozart
Nov
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Music for a New Generation: cello sonatas by sons of Bach and Mozart

Duets for pianoforte and baroque cello performed by Christopher Petit and Glenna Curren, including works by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach and Franz Xavier Mozart. Prepare to be charmed by two fine musicians at a concert to be held in the lovingly renovated Wedding Chapel at Chapel Hill, on Prince Street between East and University. More information on the Chapel - little known in Rochester, but with glorious architecture and a lively acoustic - can be found here.

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Compline
Nov
13
8:30pm 8:30pm

Compline

Preceding the regular Compline service, a short organ prelude can be heard at 8:30PM. Organist Dr. William Porter will perform on the Craighead-Saunders organ, a reconstruction of an organ from 1776 built by Adam Gottlob Casparini.

At 9:00 PM the Christ Church Schola Cantorum sings Compline. This ancient Liturgy marks the close of the “Hours of the Divine Office.” Its origins date from the 4th Century monastic custom of private prayer and devotion before retiring.  St. Benedict is credited for the name of the office, its liturgical character, and arrangement. 

“The Christ Church Schola Cantorum… sings beautifully.” Fanfare, Jan/Feb 2010. Founded in 1997 by Stephen Kennedy, the Schola performs the Office of Compline at Christ Church on Sunday evenings, October through April.

Free will offering. Reception following the Compline service at 9:30 PM.

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Of Earth and Heaven
Nov
13
4:00pm 4:00pm

Of Earth and Heaven

The Rochester-based baroque ensemble Publick Musick will open the 2016 Rochester Early Music Festival with a concert of exquisite music for soprano, bass, strings, and organ, by 17th-century German composer Matthias Weckmann and his circle. Rochester favorite Laura Heimes (soprano) and Mischa Bouvier (baritone) will perform the searingly beautiful cantata "Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst," written by Weckmann in 1663, after a devastating outbreak of the plague.

More information about this concert can be found at Publick Musick's website.

Admission: $20 general; $10 student/low income

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