Calendar

MARCH 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2:00 pm – Congregational Church, Rochester, MN – FREE
South Eastern Minnesota Suzuki Association: Honors Recital

Saturday, March 4, 7:00 pm – Hill Theatre at Rochester Community and Technical College
Rochester Community Band: “Spring Concert” featuring “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. Elizabeth Sherman – piano and Eric Stashek – clarinet

Saturday, March 4, 7:30 pm – Assisi Heights, Lourdes Chapel, Rochester – $5
High School Choral Festival: Choral Arts Ensemble and a professional orchestra will partner with three regional high school concert choirs to provide a high-quality “shoulder-to-shoulder” performance of choral/orchestral masterworks in the gorgeous setting of Lourdes Chapel. Choirs will have the opportunity to sing alone and then the mass choir will perform Mozart’s Ave Verum and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota – $34, $38 at the door
Crossing Concert: Don Paxton and the Don Juans – These Grammy-winning singer/songwriters team up for folk music sprinkled with personal stories.

Wednesday, March 8, 12:15-12:45 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Freewill Offering
First Presbyterian Church: 2017 Lenten Organ Recital Series featuring Teresa Kramer, Organ Student from the University of South Dakota.

Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm—Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota – $20, $23 at the door
Crossings Concert: Daisy Dillman Acoustic – Trio of original founders play in an intimate setting, with their original blend of driving country-rock and souring vocals.

Saturday Mar. 11 at 7:30 pm – Lourdes High School – $20 and $30, 18 and under $5
Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: An Opera Affair – Every heart will be pounding as the most dramatic moments of opera pour out one after another: the greatest wedding, grandest coronation, holiest hymn, rowdiest barn dance, and wildest party. Top area soloists will join our Chorale for the best night at the opera Rochester has ever heard.

Sunday, Mar. 12, 2:00 pm – Lourdes High School – $20 and $30, 18 and under $5
Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: An Opera Affair – Every heart will be pounding as the most dramatic moments of opera pour out one after another: the greatest wedding, grandest coronation, holiest hymn, rowdiest barn dance, and wildest party. Top area soloists will join our Chorale for the best night at the opera Rochester has ever heard.

Sunday, March 12, 4:00 pm – $5 & $10
Honors Choirs: Singsation Children’s Choral Festival – Hosted by Honors Children’s Chorus and Honors Treble Choir including singers from area elementary schools.

Sunday, March 12, 4:00 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Freewill offering
A Festival of Music: Annual “Lee J. Afdahl and Friends – Organ and Piano Plus” program. Lee Afdahl, Director of Music, will be featured on piano, organ and harpsichord. He will be joined by musician friends played handbells, percussion, recorder, saxophone and harp plus a vocalist.

Wednesday, March 15, 12:15-12:45 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Freewill Offering
First Presbyterian Church: 2017 Lenten Organ Recital Series featuring Dr. Gregory Peterson, College Organist, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa

Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm – Assisi Heights, Lourdes Chapel, Rochester – $20-$30 Adults/$5 Students
Choral Arts Ensemble: MESSIAH, PARTS II & III. In countless performances since its premiere 275 years ago, Handel’s monumental Messiah has thrilled and inspired audiences throughout the world. Collaborating with professional orchestra and soloists, Choral Arts Ensemble will present the “Easter portion” (parts II & III) in glorious Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights. This work of genius was completed in an astonishing 24 days, and includes celebrated choruses such as And with his stripes, All we like sheep, Hallelujah, and Worthy is the Lamb; and sublime arias I Know that my Redeemer liveth; O Death, where is thy sting; and The trumpet shall sound.

Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota – $20, $25 at the door
Crossings Concert: The New Standards – Jazz trio The New Standards riff off pop songs by Brittany Spears, Adam Ant and Kurt Weill, allowing a little nuttiness into the show while staying serious about their musicianship.

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 pm – Assisi Heights, Lourdes Chapel, Rochester – $20-$30 Adults/$5 Students
Choral Arts Ensemble: MESSIAH, PARTS II & III. In countless performances since its premiere 275 years ago, Handel’s monumental Messiah has thrilled and inspired audiences throughout the world. Collaborating with professional orchestra and soloists, Choral Arts Ensemble will present the “Easter portion” (parts II & III) in glorious Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights. This work of genius was completed in an astonishing 24 days, and includes celebrated choruses such as And with his stripes, All we like sheep, Hallelujah, and Worthy is the Lamb; and sublime arias I Know that my Redeemer liveth; O Death, where is thy sting; and The trumpet shall sound.

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $10, free for Rochester Music Guild members
Lyra Baroque Orchestra: The Passion of Christ – A grand production of Carl Heinrich Graun’s Der Tod Jesu (The Death of Christ). With Simon Carrington, conductor; Maria Jette, soprano; Nerea Berraondo, mezzo-soprano; Roy Heilman, tenor; Thomas Meglioranza, baritone; and the Grinnell College Choir.

Wednesday, March 22, 12:15-12:45 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Freewill Offering
First Presbyterian Church: 2017 Lenten Organ Recital Series featuring Sue Fortney Walby, Organist at First Presbyterian Church in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Saturday, March 25, all day – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester
Rochester Music Guild: Young Musicians’ Scholarship Program – Preliminary Competition. Since its founding in 1964, the Rochester Music Guild has sponsored an annual Young Musicians Scholarship Competition which has been a source of motivation and inspiration for countless musicians from the SE Minnesota area and awards approximately $10,000 annually to young musicians. Jr. and Sr. Division preliminary competitions for piano, strings, woodwinds/brass, and voice will run throughout the day. Winners will advance to the Finals Competition on March 26. For questions, please contact Tessa Sawchuk at 507-884-7534.

Saturday, March 26, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester
Rochester Music Guild: Young Musicians’ Scholarship Program – Finals Competition. Jr. and Sr. Division finalists will compete for the top three prizes in piano, strings, woodwinds/brass, and voice. A separate competition for the prestigious Camp Scholarship will be held at the end of the competition. For questions, please contact Tessa Sawchuk at 507-884-7534.

Sunday, March 26, 7:00 pm – Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota – $25. $28 at the door
Crossings Concert: John McCutcheon — A superb instrumentalist able to play the hammered dulcimer as easily as the banjo, the nyckelharpa as well as the guitar, McCutcheon adds in his voice and expert storytelling skills. It is little wonder audiences flock to see him perform, whether he’s playing classic folk tunes or children’s music.

Wednesday, March 29, 12:15-12:45 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Freewill Offering
First Presbyterian Church: 2017 Lenten Organ Recital Series featuring Rev. David Tryggestad, Organist at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Superior, Wisconsin.

Thursday, March 30, 7:00pm – Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave. SW, Rochester – free
RAACHE Con Brio and Staccato Choirs present their spring musical, Paul and CO.

Friday, March 31, 2017, 12:00 pm – Zumbro Lutheran, Rochester MN – FREE
Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Music Therapy– Neurologic Music Therapist, Jenny Kruse, will present an introduction to music therapy. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing lunch@rochestermusicguild.org.

Friday, March 31, 7:30 pm – Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota – $24, $28 at the door
Crossings Concert: Lucy Kaplansky – This acclaimed artist left a budding music career to pursue psychology now has seven solo albums to her name. She will bring her brand of emotionally charged Americana to Crossings’ stage.


APRIL 2017

Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota — $28, $32 at the door
Crossings Concert: Hallelujah, We Love Him So – A Night of Ray Charles. Mick Sterling will be joined by one of his heroes in the Twin Cities music scene, Wain McFarlane, as they deeply honor the genius of Ray Charles.

Sunday, April 2, 3:00 p.m. – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester – $5/adults, $4/seniors, $2/children
Mayo Clinic Chamber Symphony: presents “Dvorak Symphony 8 in G Major, and Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor”, with soloist Theodore Thayib, cello.

Sunday, April 2, 4:00 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Freewill offering
A Festival of Music: Presents “Brass Roots Trio” featuring Rosetta Senkus Bacon, Travis Heath, and Douglas Lundeen from Flemington, New Jersey. The “Brass Roots Trio” has played at the White House, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and festivals throughout Europe and Asia.

Monday, April 3, 7:00 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota — $38/ $42 at the door
Crossings Concert: An Evening with George Winston. Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston’s concerts feature a variety of styles including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano.

Wednesday, April 5, 12:15-12:45 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Freewill Offering
First Presbyterian Church: 2017 Lenten Organ Recital Series featuring Rev. Mathew Lehman, Organist at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Friday, April 7, 7:30 pm – Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota — $20, $24 at the door
Crossings Concert: Folk Legends featuring Michael Monroe\. Rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes, combining musical styles of acoustic folk and jazzy reggae.

Saturday, April 8, 7:30 pm – Christ United Methodist Church – Free
Rochester Chamber Music Society: The Merling Trio – The Merling Trio, based in Michigan, has performed around the world to critical acclaim. Their program includes Selected Hungarian Dances by Brahms, selections from their new CD – The Great American Songbook, and the “Dumky” Trio by Dvorak

Friday, April 21, 12:00 pm – Charter House (Northview Room) – FREE
Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: Maestro Jere Lantz discusses the orchestra’s season finale, Journey Through Space. Lantz will discuss orchestral works devoted to the beauty, mythology, and mystery of the sun, moon and stars in a program that he calls a symphonic celebration of all things celestial. Musical works to include The Planets by Holst, Helios Overture by Nielsen, Clair De Lune by Debussy, and Star Wars Medley by John Williams.

Friday, April 21, 7:00 pm – Lourdes High School – FREE
Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: Free Family Preview of Journey Through Space – Our season finale reaches to the stars with a symphonic celebration of all things celestial. Immerse yourself in the beauty, mythology and mystery of the sun, moon and stars. Williams’ Star Wars Suite tops this musical journey of interstellar proportions.

Saturday, April 22, 3:00 pm – Madonna Towers, 4001 19th Ave NW, Rochester
Rochester Flute Choir: Spring Concert – The Rochester Flute Choir will be celebrating Earth Day by sharing music that has been inspired by nature.

Saturday, April 22, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota — $34, $38 at the door
Crossings Concert: GUITAR HEROES (Legends of the Six String). In their latest show, the talent-packed Fabulous Armadillos pay tribute to the great guitar innovators of many genres.“Guitar Heroes (Legends of the Six String)” is a concert for any and all fans of the guitar.

Saturday, Apr. 22 at 7:30 pm – Lourdes High School –$20 and $30, 18 and Under $5
Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: Journey Through Space – Our season finale reaches to the stars with a symphonic celebration of all things celestial. Immerse yourself in the beauty, mythology and mystery of the sun, moon and stars. Williams’ Star Wars Suite tops this musical journey of interstellar proportions.

Sunday, Apr. 23 at 2:00 pm – Lourdes High School –$20 and $30, 18 and Under $5
Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale: Journey Through Space – Our season finale reaches to the stars with a symphonic celebration of all things celestial. Immerse yourself in the beauty, mythology and mystery of the sun, moon and stars. Williams’ Star Wars Suite tops this musical journey of interstellar proportions.

Sunday, April 23 – 3:00 and 5:00 pm, Bethel Lutheran Church – $10, $14 & $20
Honors Choirs: Spring Finale – Featuring performances by all five Honors Choirs ensembles.

Friday, April 28, 7:00 pm – Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 5500 25th Ave. NW, Rochester – free
RAACHE: auditioned choirs of Arioso and Cantabile present their spring concert, Accelerando!

Friday, April 28, 7:30 pm – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $10, free for Rochester Music Guild members
Lyra Baroque Orchestra: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto – Violinist Marc Destrubé leads all six of J.S. Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concertos.

Saturday, April 29, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota — $22, $26 at the door
Crossings Concert: Wylie and the Wild West. Hugely popular on the festival and theater circuit, Wylie brings a refreshing blend of cowboy, swing, folk and yodeling music to the stage.


MAY 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017, 12:00 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE
Lunch & Learn: Andrea Een Performs Hardanger Fiddle– Andrea Een, Norwegian-American Hardanger fiddler, received the St. Olav Medal in 2002, given by King Harald V of Norway for her promotion of greater knowledge of Norwegian culture abroad. Een has studied the Hardanger fiddle, a nine-string folk violin unique to Norway, with some of the leading fiddlers in that country. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing lunch@rochestermusicguild.org.

Friday, May 5, 7:00 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE
Rochester Music Guild: 2017 Winners’ Recital. Since its founding in 1964, the Rochester Music Guild has sponsored an annual Young Musicians Scholarship Competition. This annual competition, held each spring, has been a source of motivation and inspiration for countless musicians from the SE Minnesota area and awards approximately $10,000 annually to young musicians. The Music Guild’s goal is to expand the passion for classical music through dynamic competition and compelling live performance. Winners are from both Jr. Division (grades 7-9) and Sr. Division (grades 10-12) in piano, strings woodwinds/brass, and voice.

Saturday, May 6, times TBA – Unitarian Universalist Church, Rochester – FREE
South Eastern Minnesota Suzuki Association: Ensemble Recitals

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rochester – $20 Adults/$5 Students
Choral Arts Ensemble: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES. The heavens, the stars, “this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire,” have intrigued, humbled and astonished humankind for all recorded history, inspiring great poetry and exquisite music. Choral Arts Ensemble will sing The Heavens are Telling by Heinrich Schütz, Stars by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Evensong by Stephen Paulus, and contemporary arrangements of celestially-themed love songs. We will also premiere a new piece by Carol Barnett on a “starry” text by Rabindranath Tagore.

Saturday, May 13, 8 pm – Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota – $21, $29 at the door
Crossings Concert: “Buddy & Beyond: The History of Rock ’n Roll” – Johnny Rogers will transport his audience back in time when you could go to the malt shop with your favorite girl and dance to your favorite bands.


JUNE 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2:00 pm – Central Park, Rochester- Free
Rochester Community Band: “Summer Concert in the Park”. Bring lawn chair or blanket.

Thursday, June 22, 7:30 pm – Autumn Ridge Church – $10, $12, $14, $20 & $25
Honors Choirs: Summer Musical – STATE FAIR. 10th annual summer musical featuring local singers, actors, dancers and musicians.

Friday, June 23, 7:30 pm – Autumn Ridge Church – $10, $12, $14, $20 & $25
Honors Choirs: Summer Musical – STATE FAIR. 10th annual summer musical featuring local singers, actors, dancers and musicians.

Saturday, June 24, 8:00 pm – Autumn Ridge Church – $10, $12, $14, $20 & $25
Honors Choirs: Summer Musical – STATE FAIR. 10th annual summer musical featuring local singers, actors, dancers and musicians.

Sunday, June 25, 2:30 pm – Autumn Ridge Church – $10, $12, $14, $20 & $25
Honors Choirs: Summer Musical – STATE FAIR. 10th annual summer musical featuring local singers, actors, dancers and musicians.