Albums Recorded Live at the Eastman Museum
Projects of the Eastman Museum Council.
Enjoy the music of George Eastman’s era, performed on Eastman’s original three-story, 6,037-pipe Aeolian pipe organ by the museum’s resident organist, Joe Blackburn.
An Eastman Christmas
Celebrate the season as George Eastman’s guest and enjoy this selection of 24 carols and popular holiday songs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”—these are all tunes that Eastman would have known. (“White Christmas” and “The Christmas Song” came along in the next generation.)
Produced by Jack and Bonnie Garner, with recording and mastering by Antonio H. Guerrero.
This catalogue of George Eastman’s favorite tunes includes songs, opera arias, waltzes and dance numbers, and classical music segments that were popular around the turn of the last century. Among the diverse selections are “Ave Maria” (1825), “Dreams” (1862), “Hello, Ma Baby” (1899), “Bethena” (1905), “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (1908), and “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” (1919).
About the Organist
Trained at the Eastman School of Music, Joe Blackburn is a veteran organist and music teacher. He has been fascinated by music since early childhood and has been playing organ since he was 15. Blackburn has been a volunteer organist at the Eastman Museum since 2008.
For more information on Eastman’s Aeolian pipe organ, visit eastman.org/aeolian.