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. (Caterer subject to change without notice.)

11:30 am – Lunch
12:00-1:00 pm – FREE program
$10 catered lunch – bag lunches welcome
Lunches must be reserved by the Monday before the event

To reserve a lunch, e-mail or call 507-218-1084 and leave a message.

Rochester Music Guild thanks, Christ United Methodist Church, Charter House, Zumbro Lutheran Church,
and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for their support of the music education mission of Rochester Music Guild.


Guitar & Violin Duets
Friday, January 31, 2020
Christ United Methodist Church

Ben Gateno, Guitar
Kathleen Lamb, Violin
Catering: Gyro Bar from Nupa
A native of southern Minnesota, guitarist Ben Gateno earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in classical guitar performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  Following graduate school Ben studied for one year with renowned teacher and performer Antigoni Goni in Brussels, Belgium.  After his return to the US, Ben spent five years performing extensively as a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.  With the MGQ Ben was featured on public radio and television stations throughout the United States, as well as on the nationally broadcast radio program Performance Today.  Ben also appears on the MGQ’s 2014 release Thrum, a well-received album of commissioned music released on the Innova label.  An extremely versatile musician, Ben enjoys presenting solo guitar programs that feature a wide range of styles and genres, with a special emphasis on classical, country blues, and ragtime.  Ben resides in Rochester, MN where he maintains a busy private teaching schedule.

An avid performer, Kathleen Lamb has concertized since she was 8 years old. She has performed at venues across the USA and in Europe. She has been a first violinist with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra since 2011. Ms. Lamb was a recipient of the 2016/2017 Emerging Artist Grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and was selected as the Minnesota Public Radio Class Notes Artist for Rochester, 2013/2014. An enthusiastic educator for two decades, Ms. Lamb currently owns and runs KML Violin & Viola Studio in Rochester, MN. Kathleen Lamb holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Randy Sabien, Jazz Violin
Friday, February 21, 2020
Christ United Methodist Church

Catering: Pasquale’s Pizza

Randy Sabien is a bluesy, rockin’, swingin’, funky, jazz violinist. With an intensely rhythmic, vibrant and inventive style, he has captivated audiences worldwide, playing with scores of bands and musicians of all stripes. “Listen closely to Sabien’s great cascades of notes, and you will hear the grand arpeggios, broken octaves, double-stops, trills, and tremolos that have marked classical violin playing since the solo work of J.S. Bach. But that’s just the starting point for Sabien’s art which bristles with the spirit of bona fide jazz improvisation. Rather than simply embellishing a tune, he reconceives it, building and developing intriguing new musical motifs along the way.” – Howard Reich, CHICAGO TRIBUNE


Rochester Symphony Preview with Jere Lantz
Friday, March 13, 2019
Charter House – Northview Room

Catering: Charter House – Menu TBD

Jere Lantz, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the Rochester Symphony, returns for his popular symphony preview. Celebrating Maestro Lantz’s 40th Season with the Rochester Symphony, we present works that have meant the most throughout his career in conducting. From the first piece he led while earning his advanced degree in conducting at Yale to pieces he’s found to be most dramatic, emotionally moving and glorious, this concert is a toast to a landmark achievement for both conductor and orchestra.





Artu Duo
Friday, April 3, 2020
Christ United Methodist Church

Catering: Asian Bar from Hy-Vee

Now in their ninth season as Artu Duo, pianist Garret Ross and cellist Ruth Marshall are based in Saint Paul MN, and enjoy concertizing and teaching together across the United States. These immersive experiences sparked a deep love of the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann in Artu Duo, which has been the foundational repertoire for them ever since- not only as a duo, but as a piano trio, quartet, and quintet, when joined by colleagues. From that foundation, Artu Duo also enjoys performing contemporary and rarely-heard works, especially works by Elliott Carter and Thomas Adès.


Past Guests

Band of Praise

Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band

Ronald Beitel – Horn

Choral Arts Ensemble

The D’Sievers Trio

Dave Hagedorn & Kevin Clements

Carla Thelen Hanson – Soprano

Tim Hildebrandt – Birth of A Song: Inspiration, Perspiration, Realization

Gao Hong – Chinese pipa player

Rachel Jansen – Hardanger Fiddle

Todd Juzwiak – Victrola Jockey

Kalliope Duo

Jenny Kruse – Music Therapy

Laura MacKenzie – Wind-Powered Music from Celtic Traditions

Jan Matson – Piano


Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Musical Geography: Mapping Place and Movement Throughout Music History


The OK Factor

Rochester Flute Choir

Rochester Symphony Preview with Jere Lantz

JC Sanford Trio

Ann Simerlink – Soprano

Karla Sukov – Oboe

Tim Takach – Composer

Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble

Ainhoa Urkijo – Piano

Past Workshops

Ameriikan Poijat (Boys of America)

Experience the Alexander Technique with Tully Hall

Jazz Improvisation with Winona State Faculty Jazz Combo

Masterclass with Musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra (Co-sponsored by SEMYO)

Minnesota Percussion Trio presents Click, Clap, and Klunk

Workshop with Members of Compass Rose Brass