Lyra concert will take audiences to Baroque-era Berlin
Dutch flutist Wilbert Hazelzet joins the Lyra Baroque Orchestra for a concert, “Berlin in the Baroque” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. SW, Rochester.
The concert is based on music that likely would have been heard at Sanssouci, the palace of Frederick the Great at Potsdam, near Berlin. Frederick, the king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786, was a flutist and composer, and gathered many musicians at his court, including C.P.E. Bach and Johann Joachim Quantz, both of whom are featured in this concert program.
Hazelzet and Paul Jacobson, co-founder of the Lyra orchestra, will perform on Telemann’s Overture-Suite from the first book of Tafelmusik from 1733. “This first Tafelmusik is such a musical feast,” Jacobson said.
Also on the program is W.F. Bach’s “4 Fugues” for harpsichord, featuring Jacques Ogg, Lyra’s artistic director.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and MPR members, $10 for students; 651-321-2214. Free tickets are available in the lobby one hour before the concert for Mayo Clinic volunteers and patients, music students, Rochester Music Guild members and volunteers to nonprofit organizations.
Nordic Choir featured in next Festival of Music concert
The Luther College Nordic Choir, considered one of the top collegiate choirs in the country, will perform at 4 p.m. Jan. 31 as part of the Festival of Music series at First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St., SW, Rochester.
The 77-voice choir was founded in 1946, and since has performed in Norway, England, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Baltic countries, Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as at Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Selections will include “Only in Sleep” by Erik Esenvalds, “Serenity” by Ola Gjello and the traditional closing piece, “O Lord God” by Pavel Chesnokov, as well as other hymns and spirituals. The choir is directed by Allen Hightower.
A free-will offering will be accepted.
Bruce and Bob get tribute concert in Zumbrota
ZUMBROTA — The music of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger will be featured in a concert, “E Street Shuffle/Detroit Muscle,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the State Theatre, 96 E. Fourth St., Zumbrota.
Vocalists Mick Sterling and Nick Hensley will perform Springsteen songs “Born to Run,” “Backstreets,” “Rosalita,” “Dancing in the Dark” and others, as well as the Seger songs “Night Moves,” “Mainstreet,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Ramblin’ Man” and others.
They’ll be backed by a band of top players from the Twin Cities, including Jason Ploof and Stephen Morgan on guitars, Charlie Peterson and Joe Peterson on keyboards and Ronny Loew on sax.
Tickets are $28 in advance, $32 day of the show, and can be reserved through Crossings at Carnegie, 507-732-7616.
Americana blues on tap at Oak Center
OAK CENTER — Jeff Ray and the Stakes play traditional roots and blues Americana at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Oak Center General Store, located on U.S. 63 between Zumbro Falls and Lake City.
The band, which includes Hurricane Harold Tremblay on harmonica, recently released an album, “Valhalla.” It’s the sixth album by Ray but the first he has recorded with a full band. The songs include blues-inspired improvisations and Ray’s bluesy slide guitar.
Tickets are $15, with discounts available for low-income patrons. For tickets, send a check to: Oak Center General Store, 67011 U.S. 63, Lake City MN 55041. To check on ticket availability, call 507-753-2080.
Hormel Home to host piano/guitar concert
Two descendants of the Hormel family will perform in a concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Hormel Historic Home, 208 Fourth Ave. NW, Austin.
MarySue Hormel Harris, granddaughter of Ben F. Hormel, will play piano selections, and her great-nephew Sam Stacy will play guitar. Stacy is a self-taught guitarist who play original songs and cover tunes.
Harris has donated funds to continue musical events at the home, including a piano student competition.
Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.