Lunch & Learn

Each month, musicians perform a free, noontime program in Rochester. See specific event for details.
An optional lunch is available 30 minutes prior to the program.

11:30 am – Lunch
12:00-12:45 pm – FREE program
$10 catered lunch – bag lunches welcome
To purchase lunch contact Corey Henke at or 507-696-2023

A French AffairMurasaki Duo

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Ave SW, Rochester)

Featuring Murasaki Duo (Eric Kutz, cello and Miko Kominami, piano)
The Murasaki Duo will perform a concert and spoken presentation entitled “A French Affair.” It will feature favorite works of the cello and piano literature from 1914-1982. From Ravel and Poulenc to lesser-known luminaries Boulanger and Dutilleux, listen to the arc of French music as heard through the cello and piano. Since its founding in 1996 at the Juilliard School, the Murasaki Duo has been dedicated to performing the cello and piano literature as chamber music. The Duo has performed throughout the United States and Canada, including concerts in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto. For more information visit Murasaki Duo.

J.S. Bach’s Masterpiece: The Goldberg VariationsDeanne Mohr

Friday, March 27, 2015
Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Ave SW, Rochester)

Featuring Pianist Deanne Mohr
Join Winona State University professor Dr. Deanne Mohr in a short lecture and performance of J.S. Bach’s keyboard masterpiece, the Goldberg Variations. Though originally composed for harpsichord, professor Mohr will be interpreting the variations on piano, and will discuss some of the challenges of re-envisioning this work on a modern instrument as well as its historical background and form. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Deanne Mohr completed her doctorate in piano performance at Université de Montrèal under the tutelage of Marc Durand. A laureate in several national competitions, she has been recorded in recital for CBC Saskatchewan and Radio-Canada, and was featured in the Montrèal Début Series and the Banff Centre of the Arts’ Summer Festival. In addition to her duties at WSU, Deanne is active as a soloist and collaborative pianist in the Midwestern United States and Canada. For more information visit Dr. Deanne Mohr.

An Evening with VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! ComposersNovelli JuradoRodrigo Cadet

Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Ave SW, Rochester)

Featuring Rodrigo Cadet and Novelli Jurado
Join VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Composers, Rodrigo Cadet and Novelli Jurado, as they discuss their lives as composers in Mexico, share highlights from their works, and perform. ¡Cantaré! in Rochester is a program designed to bring the talents of composers from Mexico directly into Minnesota classrooms. Cadet and Jurado are working with elementary, high school, and community choral singers in Rochester, exploring Mexican cultural and choral music traditions. The program will culminate in the performance of music compositions by the above composers on April 27th at Bethel Lutheran Church. To learn more about VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! in Rochester and for the biographies of the composers please visit ¡CANTARÉ! IN ROCHESTER.

Legacy LogoThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

MidoriWorld-Renowned Violinist Midori

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Ave SW, Rochester)

Featuring Midori Goto
The Rochester Music Guild is proud to welcome internationally acclaimed violinist Midori to our Lunch & Learn program. Midori will present on a topic of her choice and perform on the violin. Japanese-born violinist Midori Goto, most often know simply as Midori, made her professional debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11 and has since gone on to international acclaim as a soloist and recording artist. She has used her fame to found a series of successful not-for-profit organizations aimed at bringing music education to underprivileged children. In recognition of such activities, in 2007 she was named a UN Messenger of Peace. Midori visits Rochester for a weeklong residency with SEMYO and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra culminating in solo performances with each ensemble. For more information on Midori’s schedule of activities please visit SEMYO.