Lyra Baroque Orchestra, which regularly brings international artists to Rochester, will travel further afield Thursday for a performance in Rushford.

The orchestra, which plays music of the Baroque era on authentic period instruments, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rushford-Peterson High School Auditorium. The orchestra will also perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. NW, Rochester.

The concert, "Les Caracteres de la Danse," mixes Baroque dance with pieces of music written by Jean-Fery Rebel, and violin concertos by Jean-Marie Leclair.

Dancers Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Thomas Baird will perform. Brazilian violinist Luis Otavio Santos will play the Baroque violin.

Rebel, who lived from 1666 to 1747, was conductor of the Paris Opera, and was a pioneer in pairing music and dance in a way that made it independent of opera. Leclair (1703-1777) wrote dance music for the violin.

Santos studied Baroque violin and harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands.  He has performed with early music ensembles throughout Europe, and is director of an international music festival in Brazil.

Admission to the Rushford concert is free. Tickets for the Rochester concert are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and MPR members, $5 for students;

Vocal music festival has Six Appeal

The championship vocal group Six Appeal will headline the SE MN a Cappella festival Saturday at Mayo Civic Center.

Six Appeal is two-time grand champion of the Moscow International a Cappella Competition.

In all, 19 high school and college vocal groups will perform at the three showcase concerts held in conjunction with the festival. Six Appeal, based in the Twin Cities, is also the Harmony Sweepstakes national champion, and performed at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar party.

Also performing are Mila Vocal Enemble, "American Idol" contestant Reed Grimm, and college groups Redefined (University of Wisconsin) and Bromatic Progression (Luther College). The festival, which has been held annually since 2011, offers workshops and instruction to area high school and youth choirs.

Public showcase concerts are at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and free for students.

 Vietnam War is subject of arts lecture

Rochester Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host a lecture, "Artists Respond to the Vietnam War," at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Drive NW.

The speaker is Robert Cozzolino, curator of paintings at the institute. Coffee is served at 10 a.m.

College, community bands set fall concert at RCTC

Rochester Community & Technical College Jazz Band and Concert Band will be joined by the Rochester Community Band for a fall concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Conductors Michael Mangan, Tony Boldt and Sarah Vinzant will lead the bands through a program of music by John Williams, Percy Grainger and others.

The concert is in Charles Hill Theatre on the RCTC campus. Admission is free.

New Winona choir to make concert debut

WINONA -- The new Valencia Chorale will make its concert debut at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 1155 W. Wabasha St., Winona.

The 40-voice choir was formed in September under the direction of Patrick O'Shea. The debut concert will feature Randall Thompson's "From Frostiana," which sets Robert Frost poems in choral arrangements, traditional American songs by Aaron Copland, and Scottish folk songs.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, available at the door.