Calendar

DECEMBER 2017

Saturday, December 2, 5:30 pm – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2300 Viola Heights Drive NE, Rochester – Free
Rochester Flute Choir: The Wonder of the Nativity Event is the longest running and largest free annual display of Nativity scenes and musical performances in Minnesota. Consider attending this event just to watch the Rochester Flute Choir or spend an entire evening enjoying music and beautiful Nativity displays.

Saturday, December 2, 7:30 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – Free
Rochester Chamber Music Society: RCMS String Orchestra – Music by Bach, Finzi and Mendelssohn will be featured in this concert combining the talents of 11 local musicians, with Horacio Nuguid, piano, and David Townsend, clarinet, as soloists.

Saturday, December 2, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota – $26 in advance, $29 at the door
Crossings Concert: Simple Gifts with Billy McLaughlin. Simple Gifts puts community celebration ahead of commercialization and committed to a traditional Christmas event.

Friday, December 8, 2017, 12:00 pm – The Jive Mill, Rochester – FREE
Lunch & Learn: “Jazzy Carols”– The D’Sievers Trio, a jazz combo featuring trombone, will present a program of standards, original compositions, and holiday classics. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

Friday, December 8, 7:30 pm (6:15 pre-concert talk) – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $5
Lyra Baroque Orchestra and Bach Society of Minnesota: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – Parts I, III, V, and VI. Hear Bach’s beloved telling of the story of Christmas with a powerful full orchestra from trumpets to timpani. For this impressive holiday performance, Lyra Baroque Orchestra will join forces with the Bach Society of Minnesota.

Friday, December 8, 7:30 pm – Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, Rochester – Adults $30, $25, Students $5
Choral Arts Ensemble: Christmas at Assisi featuring a new Ketterling Carol from Minnesota composer Daniel Kallman, Choral Arts Ensemble will once again welcome the joyous season with a rich variety of music, new and old (including a set from the amazing Honors Concert Choir), in the glorious acoustics and ambience of Assisi’s Lourdes Chapel.

Saturday, December 9, 2:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Free
Rochester Flute Choir: presents their annual Christmas concert. They will perform Christmas favorites along with new Christmas and holiday tunes.

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm – Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, Rochester – Adults $30, $25, Students $5
Choral Arts Ensemble: Christmas at Assisi featuring a new Ketterling Carol from Minnesota composer Daniel Kallman, Choral Arts Ensemble will once again welcome the joyous season with a rich variety of music, new and old (including a set from the amazing Honors Concert Choir), in the glorious acoustics and ambience of Assisi’s Lourdes Chapel.

Saturday, December 9, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota – $28 in advance, $32 at the door
Crossings Concert: “Christmas with the King”. Anthony Shore and his All Star Band presenting the Christmas songs of Elvis, such as Blue Christmas and Merry Christmas Baby.

Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm – St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, Rochester – Free
Mayo Clinic Chamber Symphony: Christmas Concert – The 37h Annual Christmas Concert with guest soloists Elizabeth Hillebrand, soprano, and Brian Williams, organ.

Sunday, December 10, 4:00 pm – Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights, Rochester – Adults $30, $25, Students $5
Choral Arts Ensemble: Christmas at Assisi featuring a new Ketterling Carol from Minnesota composer Daniel Kallman, Choral Arts Ensemble will once again welcome the joyous season with a rich variety of music, new and old (including a set from the amazing Honors Concert Choir), in the glorious acoustics and ambience of Assisi’s Lourdes Chapel.

Friday, December 15, 7:30 pm – State Theatre, Zumbrota – $28 in advance, $32 at the door
Crossings Concert: Mick Sterling’s “At Christmas”. A comedic combination of human stories of the holidays with traditional holiday music.

Saturday, December 16, 7:30 pm – Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall, Rochester – tickets $5 (youth), $20, $30
Rochester Symphony: Sounds of the Season – This annual holiday extravaganza will send you on a traveling adventure complete with the merriest of musical holiday masterpieces throughout the ages, exploring holiday traditions and their charming origin stories.

Saturday, December 16, 7:30 pm – Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota – $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Crossings Concert: Ann Reed and instrumentalist Joan Griffith. Performing music to brighten the Winter night and welcome the return of light.

Sunday, December 17, 4:30 pm (4:00 pm prelude) – St. Mary’s Hospital Chapel, Rochester – Free
Zumbro Lutheran Church Musicians: Festival of Lessons and Carols – The 36th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols includes Christmas carols, hymns, choral music, and more. Music performed by the bell choirs, youth and adult choirs, soloists, and ensembles.

Sunday, December 17, 7:30 pm – Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester – tickets $5 (youth), $10 (seniors), $12 (adults), + $2 at the door
Rochester Pops Orchestra & Chorale: Winter Wonderland – Join us as we revisit some of yesterday and today’s best loved Christmas selections. A time to escape from the hurriedness of the season, sit back and escape to a Winter Wonderland.

Saturday, December 30, 7:30 pm – Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota – $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Crossings Concert: Singer/songwriters Bill and Kate Isles. The Isles carry audiences through a broad landscape of musical experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories.


JANUARY 2018

Friday, January 12, 12:00 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE
Lunch & Learn: “Jazz Vibes”– David Hagedorn, Artist in Residence at St. Olaf College will perform. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

Saturday, January 13, 7:30 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – Free
Rochester Chamber Music Society: Rochester’s Young Artists – The program will highlight the outstanding artistry of selected high school students in Rochester. Joining them will be our artistic director Horacio Nuguid to provide coaching and accompaniment.

Sunday, January 21, 2:00 pm – Congregational Church, Rochester – Free
Southeastern MN Suzuki Association: Honors Recital – selected students from all Suzuki studios perform in a free recital featuring violins, cellos, and pianos.


FEBRUARY 2018

Friday, February 9, 12:00 pm – Northview Room, Charter House, Rochester – FREE
Lunch & Learn: “Rochester Symphony Preview”– Maestro Jere Lantz, will tell the story behind the music of “French Festival”. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

Sunday, February 11, 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Free Will Offering
A Festival of Music: Presents “Duo Neglia-Khachatryan” – violin and piano duo from Moorhead, Minnesota. Dr. Grigor Khachatryan is Assistant Professor of Piano at Concordia College faculty on the Northern Lights Music Festival and recently debuted at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Dina Maria Neglia-Khachatryan has been featured on MPR Classical Radio and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. She regularly performs with her husband, Dr. Grigor Khachatryan, as a member of Duo Neglia-Khachatryan.

Thursday, February 15, 7:00 pm – Christ United Methodist, Rochester – Free
RAACHE Choirs: Winter Serenade Concert (featuring Arioso, Cantabile, and Con Brio choirs) with audience sing-a-longs and special performances by students.

Friday, February 16, 7:30 pm (6:15 pre-concert talk) – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $5
Lyra Baroque Orchestra: Spanish Nights – A rare performance of passionate Spanish and Italian baroque music.

Sunday, February 18, 3:00 pm – Lourdes High School, Rochester – tickets $5 (youth), $10 (seniors), $12 (adults), + $2 at the door
Rochester Pops Orchestra & Chorale: Disney/Pixar Animation Spectacular – Relive those special moments that only Disney can create as the RPO takes you on a journey through Disney favorites old and new. Any age will enjoy the magic … the emotions … the wonder!

Friday, February 23, 7:00 pm – Congregational Church, Rochester – Free
Southeastern MN Suzuki Association: Honors Recital – selected students from all Suzuki studios perform in a free recital featuring violins, cellos, and pianos.


MARCH 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 pm – Century High School, Rochester – $15 Adult, $10 Seniors, $5 Students, $35 Family
Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras: SEMYO Winter Concert will feature all three SEMYO Orchestras, including a mass orchestra performance of Shaker Variants by Elliot Del Borgo, and a performance of Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky.

Friday, March 9, 12:00 pm – Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester – FREE
Lunch & Learn: “The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet” will perform a highly varied repertoire, from Bach to Piazzolla to Prince. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

Saturday, March 10, 7:30 pm – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – Adults $25, students $5
Choral Arts Ensemble: Choral Arts Ensemble and the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform Jeffrey Van’s new work for choir and guitar quartet, Music of Love and the Stars. The MGQ and CAE will each also do a solo set.

Sunday, March 18, 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Free Will Offering
A Festival of Music: Presents the Wartburg College Castle Singers. The Castle Singers perform a wide variety of choral literature with flexibility, stamina, and dramatic flair. They will be joined by Wartburg’s chamber orchestra “Kammersteiche”.


APRIL 2018

Friday, April 6, 7:30 pm ( 6:15 pre-concert talk) – Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $5
Lyra Baroque Orchestra: Music for a King – Seldom-performed music by C.P.E. Bach, featuring favorite guest artists.

Sunday, April 15, 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church, Rochester – Free Will Offering
A Festival of Music: Presents the annual “Lee and Friends” benefit concert for the SE MN student scholarship program of the American Guild or Organists. Lee Afdahl is Director of Music and Organist, First Presbyterian Church of Rochester. Lee is frequently a conductor and clinician for handbell conferences, choral workshops, and church music conferences. Joining Lee will be Christopher Boswell, handbells; Paul Kosower, cello; Jan Matson, piano; Mary Schneekloth, harp and Timothy Wells, bassoon.

Saturday, April 21, 12:00 pm – Location: Pure Rock Studios, Rochester – FREE
Rochester Music Guild: Lunch & Learn – “Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band” – Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band brings their unique style of high octane low brass jazz to Rochester. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

Sunday, April 29, 3:00 pm – Bethel Lutheran Church, Rochester – tickets $5 (youth), $10 (seniors), $12 (adults), + $2 at the door
Rochester Pops Orchestra: In Concert featuring the amazing and inspiring voice of Jenn Bostic. Newly arranged selections tailored for this special event, audience members will enjoy hearing original selections as well as some of today’s hottest charts.


MAY 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018, 12:00 pm – Location: TBA – FREE
Rochester Music Guild: Lunch & Learn – “Tim Takach & Nation” – Tim will talk about his career as a singer and composer, and perform with his band Nation. An optional $10 catered lunch is available at 11:30 am and must be reserved by e-mailing education@rochestermusicguild.org.

Friday, May 4, 7:30 pm (6:15 pre-concert talk) – Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester – $25, $20, $5
Lyra Baroque Orchestra: Italian Concerto Collage – A showcase of Lyra’s soloists through Italy’s concerto grosso.

Saturday, May 5, time TBA– Unitarian Church, Rochester – Free
Southeastern MN Suzuki Association: SEMSA Ensemble Recital (Trios, Quartets and more) from the SEMSA community perform.

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 pm – Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rochester – Adults $25, students $5
Choral Arts Ensemble: Choir Country – Minnesota has been blessed with a tradition of excellent choral composition. Choral Arts Ensemble will feature many of these vibrant, eloquent voices, both in video clips of the composers and in the moving artistry of their music itself.

Sunday, May 13, 2:00 pm – Mayo High School, Rochester – $15 Adult, $10 Seniors, $5 Students, $35 Family
Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras: SEMYO Mother’s Day Concert will feature all three SEMYO Orchestras, including performances by winners from SEMYO’s annual concerto competition.