Third Thursdays at the Memorial Art Gallery opens its season with a dramatic musical tale of two aristocratic ladies whose lives unfold through a series of French songs and dances from the eighteenth century. Come and experience the intimate relationship between keyboard and dancer as each balances the other to create a dramatic realization that might have been presented in a French court.
This special performance is created by guest historian, dancer, and choreographer Catherine Turocy, who is joined by fellow period dancer Alexis Silver from the New York Baroque Dance Company. Accompanying them will be Eastman faculty members Lisa Crawford on harpsichord and Stephen Kennedy on the Italian Baroque organ. The program will include works by Louis and François Couperin, Jean Philippe Rameau, and Jean-Henri D’Anglebert, among others.
Unique to this concert will be an additional lecture/demonstration presented by Catherine Turocy on Friday, October 18, at 3 pm in the auditorium of the Memorial Art Gallery. Ms. Turocy speaks about “Secrets of Performance,” and with harpsichordist Lisa Crawford shares insights into performance practice that go beyond notation – into the Worlds of the Mind and the Stage. This event is free with paid museum admission.
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.
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Memorial Art Gallery , Fountain Court
500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607