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.

11:30 am – Lunch
12:00-12:45 pm – FREE program
$10 catered lunch – bag lunches welcome
To purchase lunch, e-mail education@rochestermusicguild.org or call Andrea Siverston at 507-319-2151

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.



“Classical Trio” featuring Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Horn Opus 61 by Heinrich Herzogenberg

Friday, September 29, 2017
Christ United Methodist Church (400 5th Ave SW, Rochester)

RONALD BEITEL is an active soloist, chamber music artist, and horn class clinician. As a soloist, he has appeared with The National Arts Chamber Orchestra, The San Antonio Symphony, The Salt Lake Symphony, The Vivaldi by Candlelight Orchestra in Salt Lake City and The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Mr. Beitel has appeared with numerous friends and colleagues around the country, most recently on the Nova and Intermezzo series in Utah, and Manhattan to the Mountains at Snow College and Southern Utah University. For the last 29 years, his music career as an orchestral artist has included positions with The La Crosse Symphony, The Utah Symphony for 18 years, The San Antonio for 9 years, and The Memphis Symphony and The Ohio Chamber Orchestra for one season each. He has also performed, recorded, and toured with The Cleveland Orchestra, and The Houston Symphony. Now a resident of Rochester, Minnesota, his musical activities are varied, including composing and arranging music for horn, and teaching private lessons.

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Rochester Symphony Preview with Jere Lantz: Beethoven and Friends

Friday, October 13, 2017
Northview Room, Charter House, Rochester MN

Jere Lantz, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the Rochester Symphony, returns for his popular symphony preview. Despite Beethoven’s often surly disposition he had a lot of friends, often ones of quite reputable status. Join us as we explore works by some of his most famous friends (Mozart, Haydn, and Ries) as well as his friendliest, most joyful symphony (Symphony No. 7 in A). Lantz, who is known for his ability to tell the story behind the music, will provide an in-depth analysis of each work accompanied by audio examples. Visit the Rochester Symphony website for upcoming concert information.


David Hagedorn – Jazz Vibraphone (Vibes)

Friday, January 12, 2018
Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester MN

David Hagedorn is an Artist in Residence in the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he teaches percussion, jazz studies, and world music. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Minnesota. Hagedorn has an album, “Solid/Liquid” on the artegra label in SACD format released in October of 2003, and a duo album with pianist Dan Cavanagh (a St. Olaf alum), “Horizon,” released in December of 2010. Most recently released in April 2014, is a recording with the Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio. He has recorded with the George Russell Living Time Orchestra on Blue Note Recordings (nominated for a Grammy award), jazz singer Debbie Duncan on Igmod Recordings, Brian Setzer Big Band, Pete Whitman X-tet, Phil Hey Quartet, the Out to Lunch Quintet, and also with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on Teldec Recordings. Hagedorn regularly performs in the Twin Cities with groups such as the Phil Hey Quartet, JazzMn, and Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio.


Rochester Symphony Preview with Jere Lantz: French Festival

Friday, February 9, 2018
Northview Room, Charter House, Rochester MN

Jere Lantz, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the Rochester Symphony, returns for his popular symphony preview. This concert features the greatest French composers in their most gushingly gorgeous moments. With the Symphony Chorale in the spotlight, they showcase the loveliest French choral work ever written (Duruflé) and the wildest ballet finale (Ravel). In between, the orchestra shines in Debussy’s ultimate orchestral work. Visit the Rochester Symphony website for upcoming concert information.


The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

Friday, March 9, 2018
Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester MN

With profoundly moving performances expressing heart-felt intimacy to dazzling bravado, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has captivated audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From Bach to Piazzolla to Prince, MGQ’s eclectic programs are propelled by virtuosity and synchronization that come from decades of classical training and ensemble experience. The foursome—Joseph Hagedorn, Maja Radovanlija, Ben Kunkel and Wade Oden—build an intimate and comfortable rapport with their audiences through their engaging stage presence and good humor. “More than a guitar quartet, more than superb musicians, and more than a great chamber group,” says composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain. “They are ambassadors of sound, style, and substance.”

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will be performing with Choral Arts Ensemble on March 10 & 11 in Rochester and Winona. Visit the Choral Arts Ensemble website for more information.