Organist Annette Richards will perform “The Power of Musick” on the Italian baroque organ at 7:30 p.m. March 16 at University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave.
Richards will perform compositions by William Byrd, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Ascanio Mayone and George Frederick Handel as part of Eastman School of Music’s Third Thursdays concert series.
“Music can lead the listener into the labyrinths of lovelorn melancholy or religious ecstasy through the realms of the charming, the lively, the extravagant, the bizarre,” Richards said. “From the brilliant and famous Byrd in London and Frescobaldi in Rome to the less-well-known but hauntingly beautiful Ascanio Mayone in Naples, the program takes the listener on a European exploration through feeling and intellect of the power of music.”
Richards is a professor of music and university organist at Cornell University and the executive director of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. A performer, scholar and teacher specializing in the music and culture of the 18th century, Richards is the founding editor of Keyboard Perspective, a yearbook dedicated to historical performance and keyboard culture.
Richards edited the complete organ works of C.P.E. Bach with Cornell faculty member David Yearsley, and they are now working on a set of recordings of 18th-century music for multiple keyboards. She is preparing a recording of Italian and English music on Cornell’s 18th-century Neapolitan organ.
Admission to the concert is included in MAG admission, which is half-price Thursday nights and free to UR faculty, students and staff with ID.