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Third Thursdays: Organ and the Opera

This November, the Third Thursday concert series with Eastman’s Italian Baroque organ will be featuring Italian opera of the Nineteenth Century. This popular music genre had a vibrant life of its own outside the Italian theater, and the organ in the church became the vehicle of this music for a larger number of people who could never attend an opera performance. Under the influence of opera, the Italian organ enlarged its palette of stops and colors during this period, and became the preferred instrument for playing the most famous arias, duets, cavatinas, and choruses by Verdi, Puccini, and other composers.

The Third Thursday concert series provides musicians and music-lovers the opportunity to experience authentic Baroque music on a regular basis. This month’s concert will include works by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, and Puccini. Musicians will include Gileann Tan; soprano, Lauren Nash Silberstein; soprano, Mary Mowers; soprano, Veena Akama-Makia; mezzo-soprano, Kyrsten Chambers Jones; mezzo-soprano, and Salvador Lopez Portillo; countertenor. Organists will include Eastman students Oliver Brett, Benjamin Henderson, Daniel Minnick, and Jacob Fuhrman.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Event Type

Arts and Entertainment, Performances


General Public, Students, Family and Children


performing arts



Free with gallery admission. Admission is half-price on Thursday evenings after 5pm

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