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Monthly Recitals at St. Michael’s

September 19th, 2010, Promulgated by b a

Monthly Recitals by Eastman Performers Return at Historic Church

“Eastman at St. Michael’s,” a series of monthly recitals presented in historic St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church by vocal and instrumental performance majors from the Eastman School of Music, returns for a new season beginning Sunday, Sept. 26.

The first fall concert will feature Voices, Rochester’s professional choral chamber ensemble, conducted by founder and Eastman professor William Weinert. Voices specializes in music for small and flexible vocal ensembles, with concerts featuring groups of different sizes. The recital at St. Michael’s starts at 2:30 p.m. and will feature the music of Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, and Allegri in a program titled “Italian Vespers.” The organist for the program will be Ryan Enright.

“Eastman at St. Michael’s” concerts are held on the fourth Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Each concert is followed by a reception and by the 4 p.m. Mass.

Concerts are free and open to the public. Donations can be directed to the church.

The recital series, launched in January 2009, is a collaboration between the Eastman School and St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. Located at 869 North Clinton Ave. in Rochester, St. Michael’s is an 1888 Gothic Revival church that was designed by prominent Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding. The Lockport sandstone exterior features a 225-foot tower, a prominent visual landmark on the city’s northeast side. The interior, which is highlighted by stenciled walls, carvings of oak and gold leaf, and Austrian stained glass windows, is considered one of the most beautiful in the area.


8 Responses to “Monthly Recitals at St. Michael’s”

  1. SR. EMILY says:

    Beautiful Church. Thanks for the info. I will be checking it out.

  2. Choirloft says:

    Ben – Inside St. Michael there are two organs. The larger one in the choirloft is an old and fairly well refurbished Steere organ. More favorably designed to play French and German Romantic organ literature.
    On the main floor of the church is a very bright sounding Brombaugh organ. It wonderfully articulates JS Bach organ music and other Baroque composers such as Buxtehude.
    I would highly recommend going to St. Michael’s for any of the Eastman concerts. It has spectacular acoustics.

  3. benanderson says:

    thanks for that info, Choirloft. I don’t think I’ll be able to go – although it would be great to hear the music and see the inside of the church.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I thought the Church was NOT to be used for concerts? Can anyone please explain when and why it can be used for recitals.Will the Blessed Sacrament be removed for this? Thanks.

  5. Choirloft says:

    Anon – I’m not sure of all the specifics, but churches can be used for concerts. It was and still is very common in Europe. I totally agree with your concern about removing the Blessed Sacrament. AFAIK, the Blessed Sacrament must be removed from the High altar and be kept in the sacristy with the sanctuary light burning next to It. And the tabernacle doors on the High altar must remain open so people can see that the Blessed Sacrament is not being reserved. I hope this helps.

  6. Bernie says:

    Generally speaking churches may not be used for concerts. But, concerts of sacred music seem to get a pass. If there is a concert in a church then the Blessed Sacrament is to be removed to another room or building and, I believe, the tabernacle door is to be left open.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the clarification choir-loft and Bernie. Do you know if the Blessed Sacrament is removed at St Michael’s? Who’s allowed to do this? Laypeople or ordained? Thanks again. I’m not being legalistic, just trying to show the proper reverence in the House of God.

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