The December concert of the Third Thursdays with Eastman’s Italian Baroque Organ at the Memorial Art Gallery concert series will feature a program of hymns, chants, and carols sung and played to celebrate the holiday season. Featuring Eastman’s Italian Baroque organ, “With Nature Marveling: Advent Music from Long Ago” will include performances by Eastman School of Music students, faculty, and guests. The program is organized and conducted by Associate Professor of Musicology Michael Alan Anderson, an early music specialist at Eastman.
The Third Thursday series has traditionally presented a Christmas-themed program each December. This month’s concert will include several anonymous fifteenth-century English carols that might have been heard during the season of Advent. Contrary to the popular usage of the word “carol” today, late-medieval carols did not always contain texts for Advent or Christmas but instead referred to the structure of the piece. These English carols will be performed with period pronunciation, giving nod to the “Great Vowel Shift” of the fifteenth century as the language shifted from Middle English to modern English. Also included in the program will be the well-known carol “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” which will provide an opportunity for audience participation.
Admission to the concert is included with museum admission, which is half-price on Thursday evenings after 5 pm and free to University of Rochester staff, student and faculty ID holders. This concert is made possible by the Rippey Endowed Trust.
shown: photo by J. Adam Fenster
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607