The next installment in the Third Thursday concert series featuring Eastman’s Italian baroque organ will feature Christ Church Schola Cantorum, a Rochester ensemble that specializes in Gregorian chant, music of the Renaissance and baroque and choral improvisation.
Directed by Stephen Kennedy, Schola Cantorum will present “Illumination: Organ and Voices” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester.
The performance includes plainsong, works by Renaissance and baroque composers and choral improvisation. Repertoire will include works for a combination of voices, organ and period instruments, as well as music for voices alone.
The Christ Church Schola Cantorum was founded in 1997 for the purpose of performing the weekly Office of Compline at Christ Church. Since then, they were featured in various chamber music festivals and concert series, recorded two albums and garnered national acclaim. Schola Cantorum frequently performs contemporary repertoire, and has commissioned, premiered and recorded works by numerous living composers.
Eastman’s Italian baroque organ was constructed around 1770 in central Italy. Restored and installed in 2005 at MAG, the instrument captures the authentic sounds of the baroque era.
Admission to the concert is included with MAG admission, which is half-price on Thursday evenings and free to University of Rochester ID holders.
The next Third Thursday concert will feature Publick Musick, a local period-instrument ensemble comprised of specialists in early music, with “Scordatura Violin” on March 15. The program will present virtuosic string music by Biber and Schmelzer.