The Third Thursday Concert Series will resume with “Orpheus’ Journey,” a duo appearance by Edoardo Bellotti on organ and Paul O’Dette on lute, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester.
The performance will feature works by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Claudio Monteverdi and other Italian composers of the 17th century.
Bellotti serves as associate professor of organ, harpsichord and improvisation at Eastman School of Music. O’Dette is professor of lute and director of Collegium Musicum, Eastman’s early music ensemble.
Bellotti taught in colleges across Germany, Italy and the U.S. He is known as a virtuoso organist and improviser who routinely performs at festivals worldwide. His performance expertise and musicological research have earned him recognition as a leading expert in renaissance and baroque keyboard music. Bellotti frequently presents lectures at international conferences, and has published numerous research articles as well as critical editions of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire.
O’Dette received a 2015 Grammy for “Charpentier: La descente d’Orphee aux enfers.” He is featured on Grammy Award-winning “The Echoing Air: The Music of Henry Purcell,” and has received five additional Grammy nominations. O’Dette gives concerts and clinics worldwide, with events spread across Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, Russia and South America. He can be heard on more than 100 recordings, and has conducted multiple baroque operas, including the world premiere of Johann Georg Conradi’s “Ariadne” in 2005. O’Dette serves as artistic co-director of the Boston Early Music Festival. He is known scholar with numerous articles on 17th- and 18th-century performance practice.
Eastman’s Italian baroque organ was built circa 1770 in central Italy. Restored and installed in 2005 at MAG, the instrument is the only one of its kind in North America.
The concert is included with MAG admission, which is half-price on Thursday nights and free to University of Rochester student ID holders.