Calendar


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AUGUST 2018

Tuesday, August 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Zumbro Valley Chorus – Charter House Edwards Hall, Rochester – FREE!

The Zumbro Valley Chorus will perform a variety of music in a cappella four-part harmony Barbershop style under the direction of Ryan Evans.   The musical selections include “The Chordbuster’s March”, “Grandmother’s Feather Bed”, “Happy”, and “Sunny Side Up”.  Special guest will be the Young Women in Harmony.  For more information, call (507) 285-9915.  www.zumbrovalleychorus.org

 

Friday, August 10 – 7:30 p.m. with 7:00 pre-concert talk

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

A Sumptuous Keyboard Feast – http://lyrabaroque.org/keyboardfeast

We kick off the season with a grand display of three keyboard instruments, featuring soloists Sungyun Cho, Donald Livingston, and our own Jacques Ogg. The exciting array of keyboard concertos includes the seldom-performed Concerto for Three Keyboards by W.A. Mozart.

 

Saturday, August 18 – 2:00 p.m.

Kaleidoscope of Jazz – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – FREE! 

“Kaleidoscope of Jazz” is a unique showcase of musical collaborations celebrating the diverse expressions of music jazz has to offer. Featuring talented artists Christopher Alexander, Aaron Anderson, Alex Hemmer, Matt Harikian, Irissa Ryant, Andrew Tomten, and Paulo Gladney, “Kaleidoscope of Jazz” will include piano collaborations with six instruments.

Please join for a late-summer afternoon of jazz music and talent – this concert is FREE! and open to the public!  This concert is sponsored by SEMSA (Southeastern Minnesota Suzuki Association).  “This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.”

 

Friday, August 24 – 7:00 p.m.

Rochester Community Band – History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester – FREE!

Rochester Community Band presents “Movie Under the Stars”.   Bring your lawn chair and/or blanket to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Come for the Concert and stay for the Movie – Disney’s “Moana”.  This is a great concert for kids.  Our music selections include “Selections from ‘Moana’”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “American We” march, “Washington Post” and “How to Train Your Dragon”.   Call (507) 285-9915 for more information.    (There is a cost for the movie.)

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Friday, September 7 – 7:30 p.m.

Crossings Concert: Lucy Wainwright Roche – $20 in advance, $23 at the door
Enjoy her crystal clear voice and straightforward, funny stage presence. Lucy Wainwright Roche will be singing songs from her new album, “Little Beast.”

 

Saturday, September 8 – 4:00 p.m.

Swing Street – 4th Street & Clay Street Stage, Mantorville – FREE!

Spend Marigold Days with Swing Street, a 17-piece big band based in southeast Minnesota. Their repertoire including hits from Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Arturo Sandoval, Gordon Goodwin, and many more!

 

Saturday, September 8 – 7:30 p.m.
Crossings Concert: Claudia Schmidt – $20 in advance, $23 at the door

Claudia Schmidt is a powerful vocalist and adventurous artist, who combines lively folk, jazz and blues with rich poetry and playful humor.

 

Friday, September 14  – 7:30 p.m.

Crossings Concert at the State Theatre: Toast in the Machine: The Police Tribute Band – $22 in advance, $26 at the door
Formed by three Minneapolis musicians with years of experience in making amazing tribute shows work, Toast in the Machine is their newest and best show yet.

 

Saturday, September 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Chamber Music Society – Christ United Methodist Church – FREE!
Rochester Chamber Music Society: A Solo Piano Recital – Reed Tetzloff will come to Rochester for a solo piano recital performing among others, Chopin’s famous Sonata in Bb Minor and Scriabin’s one movement Sonata No. 5.  This American pianist, with his “magical tone” and “ebullient virtuosity,” has enthralled audiences in the United States, China, and Europe.

 

Thursday, September 20 – 7:00 p.m.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra – Lourdes High School Fine Arts Auditorium – $19 – $39
Reserved Seating – Order Tickets at: http://www.brownbagtickets.com

 

Friday, September 21 – 12:00 p.m.

JC Sanford Trio – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Trombonist/composer/conductor, JC Sandford with Bryan Nichols on piano, and Chris Bates on bass.  An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

 

Saturday, September 22 – 7:30 p.m.

Crossings Concert at the State Theatre: The New Standards – $22 in advance, $26 at the door
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.They aren’t a cover band, but operate more on the model of jazz bands in the ’50s and ’60s that utilized popular songs of the day to riff off of.

 

Saturday, September 29 – 7:30 p.m.

Crossings Concert at the State Theatre: Ringer Star: A Ringo Starr Tribute! – $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Ringer causes quite a stir wherever he appears, cheerfully being photographed with hundreds of fans, and has been referred to as the best current Ringo Starr tribute artist in the world.

 

OCTOBER 2018

Friday, October 12 – 12:00 p.m.

The OK Factor – Zumbro Lutheran Church – Fireside Room, Rochester – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of the new-classical crossover duo The OK Factor.  An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

 

Friday, October 12 – 7:30 p.m. with 7:00 pre-concert talk

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

Vivaldi’s Seven Seasons – http://lyrabaroque.org/sevenseasons

Spectacular soloists Luís Otávio Santos and Cléa Galhano return for a delightful and evocative program of music by the ever-popular Venetian Antonio Vivaldi.

 

Saturday, October 13 – 7:30 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble with The OK Factor – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $5

Heartland will be a light-hearted, heart-warming celebration of community. CAE is thrilled to collaborate with OK Factor, an exciting young Minneapolis-based cello/violin duo with Celtic/folk/bluegrass/ classical/rock influences! CAE will also premiere a new work commissioned from composer Matt Erpelding.

 

Saturday, October 13 – 7:30 p.m.

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

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we kick off the season with a concert inspired by monsters and the macabre. Join us for spooky music that brings things back to life and a surprise “stitched-together” symphony.

 

Sunday, October 14 – 2:00 p.m.

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

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, we kick off the season with a concert inspired by monsters and the macabre. Join us for spooky music that brings things back to life and a surprise “stitched-together” symphony.

 

Sunday, October 14 – 3:00 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble with The OK Factor – Central Lutheran Church, Winona – $25, $5

Heartland will be a light-hearted, heart-warming celebration of community. CAE is thrilled to collaborate with OK Factor, an exciting young Minneapolis-based cello/violin duo with Celtic/folk/bluegrass/ classical/rock influences! CAE will also premiere a new work commissioned from composer Matt Erpelding.

 

Sunday, October 14 – 4:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

A Festival of Music 2018-2019 Concert Series – Season 28 – David Baskeyfield, English Organist, Rochester, New York

 

Saturday, October 20 – 7:30 p.m.

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

October Recollections: In Memory of …   – http://www.rochesterchambermusic.org/

This concert is presented as a memorial to the mother of one of our sponsors and features music of Dvorak, Mozart and others.   Players are a string quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra, joined by Horacio Nuguid on piano and David Townsend, clarinet.

 

Sunday, October 21 – 4:00 p.m.

Dr. John A. Schultz, Organist – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rochester – FREE!

Iconic works by Bach, Franck, Hindemith, and Widor – Dr. John A. Schultz, Organist, Minneapolis (former Organist & Choirmaster, St. Luke’s)

 

NOVEMBER 2018

Friday, November 9 – 12:00 p.m.

Laura MacKenzie – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE!

Rochester Music Guild Lunch & Learn: Traditional music of Irish-American ceilis (dances or social gatherings). An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

 

Sunday, November 10 – 7:30 p.m.

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

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, we recall the era and salute all who have served. Listen to the tunes that kept the troops’ spirits up and the music that mourns the destruction of war and cries out for an armistice. Renowned virtuoso Andrew Staupe returns to play the Concerto for the Left Hand, written for a pianist who lost his arm in WWI.

 

Sunday, November 11 – 4:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – FREE!

A Festival of Music 2018-2019 Concert Series – Season 28 – Brass Roots Trio (piano, horn, trumpet), Flemington, New Jersey

 

Thursday, November 15 & Friday, November 16 – 7:00 p.m.

RAACHE Choirs’ – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – FREE!

RAACHE Choirs’ Harmonies Concert (featuring the Arioso, Cantabile, Con Brio, and Staccato choirs). Come hear the homeschool choirs share a variety of music, styles, cultures, and tastes represented in this concert of choral music.   Contact information:  507-775-6318 – http://www.raachechoirs.org/

 

DECEMBER 2018

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

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

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – http://lyrabaroque.org/bachchristmas

Following last December’s successful collaboration, Lyra will join forces once again with the Bach Society of Minnesota to complete our cycle of the festive Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach.

 

Saturday, December 8 – 7:30 p.m.

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

Herald the holiday season at our annual extravaganza with carols from around the world brought to life by stories from each heritage. And we continue the tradition of our Hallelujah Chorus sing along!

 

Sunday, December 9 – 2:00 p.m.

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

Herald the holiday season at our annual extravaganza with carols from around the world brought to life by stories from each heritage. And we continue the tradition of our Hallelujah Chorus sing along!

 

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

Choral Arts Ensemble – Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, Rochester – $5 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 – 4:00 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble – Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, Rochester – $5 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.

 

JANUARY 2019

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.

 

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.

 

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 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

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

 

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

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 – 3:00 p.m.

Choral Arts Ensemble – TBA, Winona – $25, $5

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.

 

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.