Calendar


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DECEMBER 2018

Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15 — 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 16 — 4:30 p.m.

Bella Voce Young Women’s Choir and Bella Fiore Choir – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester — $20

Bella Christmas Concert: Rejoice! Refresh your soul this season and rejoice in the warm embrace of holiday favorites O Holy NightChild of PeaceChristmas LullabyBring a TorchPat a DrummerDonkey Carol, and more. As a special treat, master guitarist Jeffrey Van and a chamber orchestra will also be joining us for prelude and choral accompaniments woven in throughout the program.  Tickets available at singoutloud.org

 

Friday, December 14 & Saturday, December 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble – Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, Rochester – $5 (student) to $32

For thirty-six Decembers, CAE has been privileged to present Christmas at Assisi in the serene, uplifting ambience of Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights.  With our guests, the superb Honors Concert Choir, we will again sing in the season, including a premiere of the 2018 Ketterling Carol from composer J. David Moore.

 

Saturday, December 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Crossings Concert at the State Theatre: Christmas with the King! — State Theatre,  96 E 4th St, Zumbrota  — $28 in advance, $32 at the door

Anthony Shore and his All Star Band present a festive time celebrating the season with the Christmas songs of Elvis.

 

Sunday, December 16 – 4:00 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble – Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, Rochester – $5 (student) to $32

For thirty-six Decembers, CAE has been privileged to present Christmas at Assisi in the serene, uplifting ambience of Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights.  With our guests, the superb Honors Concert Choir, we will again sing in the season, including a premiere of the 2018 Ketterling Carol from composer J. David Moore.

 

Sunday, December 16 – 7:00 p.m.

 Rochester Pops Orchestra & Chorale presents “Christmastime” – Bethel Lutheran Church – $14, $12, $9, Children Free

As the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season takes full swing, take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of the season as the Rochester Pops Orchestra & Chorale and our special musical guests Triple Berry Pie ring in the holidays with favorites from past to present.

 

Saturday, December 22 – 7:30 p.m. 

Crossings Concert: Ann Reed with Joan Griffith — Crossings, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota — $20 in advance, $23 at the door

Under a December full moon, Ann Reed and bassist/instrumentalist Joan Griffith will make their annual pilgrimage to Zumbrota to warm up the night with old favorites, new tunes and, as always, a couple of surprises.

Saturday, December 29 — 7:30 p.m. 

Crossings Concert: Kate and Bill Isles — Crossings, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota — $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Bill & Kate Isles are a nationally-touring singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, MN. Listeners feel that they are hearing stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.

 JANUARY 2019

Thursday, January 3 – 7:00 p.m.

Evan LeRoy & Celeste Johnson – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – Free – All ages welcome

Why Opera? will be a time of music of interaction with Evan LeRoy (tenor) and Celeste (pianist and vocal coach), the older children of Dave and Suzy Johnson. These past Rochester Music Guild scholarship winners grew up in this area, trained in various parts of the U.S. and are now performing all over the world as professional musicians in the field of opera. Through a casual time of singing, sharing, and answering questions, the Johnsons will share insights and experience to help make opera more approachable.  Whether you are an opera enthusiast, a skeptic, or someone who has wondered why this art form is valid, come and hear some behind the scenes opera insights and great music.If you’ve heard opera on the radio and thought you didn’t like it, come anyway; seeing it live might change your mind! Take a risk! Give it a try in person and see if the power of opera might touch your heart during this hour long event.  Bring a friend and your questions. In addition, earlier in the afternoon on January 3rd, high school and college private voice students can sign up to coach with Celeste or Evan.  Contact Suzy Johnson at suzyj999@gmail.com by December 22 if you want more information or you’d like to sign up.

 

Friday, January 11 – 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Louis Epstein – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Musical Geography – Mapping Place and Movement Throughout Music History. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

 

Sunday, January 13 — 2:30 p.m.

Svyati Duo —  Co-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Rochester — Freewill offering
Cello & Organ Concert featuring Svyati Duo (from UK).

 

Saturday, January 19 – 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Chamber Music Society – Christ United Methodist Church – FREE!

January Delight

Rochester composer David Kassler will be premiering his new work for quartet.  He will be joined by other Rochester artists for an unusual program featuring works for woodwind, brass, string and keyboard.  More information is available at http://www.rochesterchambermusic.org/

 

FEBRUARY 2019

Friday, February 1 – 7:30 p.m. with 7:00 pre-concert talk

Lyra Baroque Orchestra – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $5

Music for Baroque Spas – http://lyrabaroque.org/baroquespas

Featuring the velvety tone of Wilbert Hazelzet on baroque flute, this charming program will transport us to the spas of Baroque Germany with joyful selections that will be the perfect mid-winter remedy.

 

Friday, February 8 – 12:00 p.m.

Rochester Symphony Preview – Charter House – Northview Room – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Maestro Jere Lantz, will tell the story behind the music of “Four Seasons Serenade”. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

 

Saturday, February 9 – 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Symphony – Lourdes High School, Rochester – $30, $20, $5

Presenting a concert starring the heart of the orchestra–the strings. Vivaldi’s pictures of nature and Tchaikovsky’s soaring melodies will capture your imagination and stir your soul.

 

Sunday, February 10 – 2:00 p.m.

Rochester Symphony – Lourdes High School, Rochester – $30, $20, $5

Presenting a concert starring the heart of the orchestra–the strings. Vivaldi’s pictures of nature and Tchaikovsky’s soaring melodies will capture your imagination and stir your soul.

 

Thursday, February 14 — 7:00 p.m.

RAACHE Choirs — Trinity Lutheran Church — Rochester — Free

RAACHE Choirs’ Winter Serenade Concert (featuring the Arioso, Cantabile, and Con Brio choirs). Come and enjoy a night of choral music by the RAACHE Choirs as they sing a variety of songs, including special numbers by some of our individual students. There will also be an audience sing-a-long.  Contact information:  507-775-6318  http://www.raachechoirs.org/

 

Sunday, February 17 – 3:00 p.m.

 Rochester Pops Orchestra presents “Musicals, Musicals, Musicals” – Bethel Lutheran Church – $14, $12, $9, Children Free

Continuing our Five Year celebration of providing quality entertainment to the Rochester Community, the orchestra takes the stage alone to present timeless favorites from Musicals past and present.

 

Sunday, February 24 – 2:00 p.m.

Austin Symphony Orchestra – St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Austin – $15 in advance, $20 at the door

A Requiem, at its core, is a prayer for rest—traditionally performed in memory of the deceased. The five movements of Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, (2013), however, form a narrative just as much for the living, and their own struggle with pain and sorrow, as for the dead. The Austin Symphony Orchestra will join forces with its own chorus for this contemporary reflection on the Requiem text. In reflection and triumph, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius manifests the changing of the season with his powerfully melodic “In Springtime”. And the ASO is proud to feature its Principal Oboist, Holly Dalager, in a rarely heard and delightful work by German composer Ludwig Lebrun.

 

Sunday, February 24 – 4:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

A Festival of Music 2018-2019 Concert Series – Season 28 – Lee Afdahl and Friends, Rochester, Minnesota

 

Tuesday, February 26 – 7:30 p.m.

Singing for Life – HS Choral Festival – Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, Rochester – $5

The third annual Singing for Life festival features three area high schools choirs joining with Choral Arts Ensemble and professional chamber orchestra for a concert including excerpts of Bach’s St John Passion.  For these young voices, singing with professional musicians in the glorious Lourdes Chapel, we will create a musical memory to last a lifetime.

 

MARCH 2019

Friday, March 8 – 12:00 p.m.

Classical Trio – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Jan Matson, Karla Webb, and Ron Beitel will present Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Trio for Piano, Oboe & Horn Op. 61 in D Major.  An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

 

Saturday, March 9 – 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Symphony – Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall – $30, $20, $5

Experience the transcendent beauty of the Brahms Requiem, the pinnacle of choral music. The mysticism and peace evoked by these deeply spiritual pieces make them beloved by performers and audiences alike.

 

Wednesday, March 13 – 12:15-12:45 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

Lenten Recital Series – Graeme Shields, Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church – South Haven, Michigan and Tyler Pimm, St. Peter Catholic Parish – Ashton, Wisconsin

 

Saturday, March 16 – 7:30 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble & Bach Society of MN – Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, Rochester – $5 (student) to $30

Bach’s fast-paced, dramatic Passion According to John was created for his first Holy Week as cantor in Leipzig. He returned to this masterpiece with revisions in 1725, 1732, and 1749, making the St John Bach’s first and last Passion.  Collaborating with the splendid Bach Society of Minnesota and their new music director, Matthias Maute.

 

Sunday, March 17 – 3:00 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble & Bach Society of MN – Central Lutheran Church, Winona – $25, $5 (student)

Bach’s fast-paced, dramatic Passion According to John was created for his first Holy Week as cantor in Leipzig. He returned to this masterpiece with revisions in 1725, 1732, and 1749, making the St John Bach’s first and last Passion.  Collaborating with the splendid Bach Society of Minnesota and their new music director, Matthias Maute.

 

Sunday, March 17 – 3:00 p.m. with 2:30 pre-concert talk

Lyra Baroque Orchestra – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $5

Divine Bach and Handel – http://lyrabaroque.org/divine

With star soloists and a rare performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in A Major, this will be a memorable concert event, as we welcome back the talented young voices of The Grinnell Singers.

 

Wednesday, March 20 – 12:15-12:45 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

Lenten Recital Series – Brian Williams, Director of Music and Arts – Calvary Episcopal Church, Rochester, Minnesota

 

Sunday, March 24 – 4:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

A Festival of Music 2018-2019 Concert Series – Season 28 – Bemidji State University Concert Choir, Bemidji, Minnesota

 

Wednesday, March 27 – 12:15-12:45 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

Lenten Recital Series – Ruth Benning, Organist – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Rochester, Minnesota

 

APRIL 2019

Wednesday, April 3 – 12:15-12:45 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

Lenten Recital Series – John Varona, Associate Organist – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester, Minnesota

Sunday, April 7, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
Mayo Clinic Chamber Symphony – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester – tickets at the door: $5 adults, $2 children
The Mayo Clinic Chamber Symphony will present its Spring Concert at Mount Olive Lutheran Church.  Please join us!

 

Wednesday, April 10 – 12:15-12:45 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

Lenten Recital Series – Lois Marsh, freelance organist – Rochester, Minnesota

 

Friday, April 12 – 12:00 p.m.

Rochester Symphony Preview – Charter House – Northview Room – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Maestro Jere Lantz, will tell the story behind the music of “The Titans”. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

 

Saturday, April 13 – 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Symphony – Lourdes High School, Rochester – $30, $20, $5

Gustav Mahler’s youthful first symphony set a new standard for symphonic writing for the 20th Century. His works were championed by the legendary musician, conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Here we showcase them together–Bernstein’s dazzling works for stage and screen and Mahler’s epic Titan Symphony.

 

Sunday, April 14 – 2:00 p.m.

Rochester Symphony – Lourdes High School, Rochester – $30, $20, $5

Gustav Mahler’s youthful first symphony set a new standard for symphonic writing for the 20th Century. His works were championed by the legendary musician, conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. Here we showcase them together–Bernstein’s dazzling works for stage and screen and Mahler’s epic Titan Symphony.

 

Friday, April 26 – 7:30 p.m. with 7:00 pre-concert talk

Lyra Baroque Orchestra – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $5

German Giants – https://lyrabaroque.org/giants

Music from the courts and cities of eighteenth-century Germany, featuring works by Christoph Graupner, Carl Heinrich Graun, and Georg Philipp Telemann.

 

Sunday, April 28 – 4:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

A Festival of Music 2018-2019 Concert Series – Season 28 – Bells of the Lake Handbell Choir, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota

 

MAY 2019

Saturday, May 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $5 (student)

Victor Borge (who should know) said “laughter is the Closest Distance between two people.”  CAE is again delighted to partner with the gifted, imaginative actors of Great River Shakespeare Festival to create a unique evening of music and wit and surprise that will leave us laughing, and just a bit closer.

 

Sunday, May 5 – 2:00 p.m.

Austin Symphony Orchestra – Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School – $15 in advance, $20 at the door

For nearly 27 years, Anthony (Tony) Ross has been the principal Cellist and fervent advocate for the Minnesota Orchestra. He has been a soloist many times with the Orchestra, performing concertos by Schumann, Dvořák, Victor Herbert, James MacMillan, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, and Shostakovich, as well as many chamber works. He was most recently featured as soloist in in June 2017 performing Bloch’s Schelomo.

In recent seasons Ross has performed Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante for Cello and Orchestra, the Walton Cello Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto, the latter alongside former First Associate Concertmaster Sarah Kwak. In April 2014 he was soloist in performances of Eric Whitacre’s The River Cam, with the composer conducting. At Sommerfest 2014 he performed Prokofiev’s Sonata for Cello and Piano with Sommerfest Artistic Director Andrew Litton.

This May, he will do the ASO and Austin the honor of joining us for Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

 

Sunday, May 5 – 3:00 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble – Central Lutheran Church, Winona – $25, $5 (student)

Victor Borge (who should know) said “laughter is the Closest Distance between two people.”  CAE is again delighted to partner with the gifted, imaginative actors of Great River Shakespeare Festival to create a unique evening of music and wit and surprise that will leave us laughing, and just a bit closer.

 

Sunday, May 12 – 3:00 p.m.

 Rochester Pops Orchestra & Chorale presents “Back to the 80’s” – $14, $12, $9, Children Free

Our Grand Finale of our Five Year Celebration ends with the Chorale and Orchestra debuting new arrangements of music from the 80’s.  Jump back in time with us as we sail through some of the most influential and memorable selections that made the 80’s a decade to remember.

 

Saturday, May 18 – 12:00 p.m.

Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Under the direction of James Olcott, the 24-trumpet ensemble, boasts a vast repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to the present.  An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.