Rochester Chamber Music Society opens its 2019-2020 season with a concert featuring Russian musicians and music.

"The Russians are Coming," will be performed by pianist Denis Evstuhin, violinist Natalia Moiseeva and cellist Tanya Remenikova at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. SW.

The program consists of trios by Rachmaninoff, Borodin and Arensky.

Evstuhin holds degrees from St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia and the University of Minnesota. Moiseeva holds degrees from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the University of Minnesota, and was member of the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia for five years. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Remenikova has performed internationally for 40 years, and teaches at the University of Minnesota.

Admission to the concert is free; donations are appreciated.

The rest of the chamber season:

— Oct. 26, "Chopin, Poet of the Piano"

— Dec. 14, "Welcome Christmas with VocalEssence"

— Jan. 25, "Saxophone, Flute and Piano"

— Feb. 29, "Hidden Treasures from the 19th Century"

— April 18, "Jazz from Broadway"

Med City Arts Festival is Saturday

The Med City Arts Festival, which will turn a portion of downtown Rochester into a giant arts venue, will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Southeast Minnesota Visual Artists and Gallery24 are hosting the event, which will be held on Third Street Southwest and two blocks of First Avenue Southwest. There will be 30 artist vendors, offering art classes and demonstrations, and public art projects involving duct tape and string. Art  competitions for all ages will be held.

There will also be dance, improv comedy, a poetry slam, and live music starting at 6 p.m. by the Liz Draper Jazz Trio, Debbie Anthony, and headliners Jaedyn James & the Hunger.

'Back Fence' ready to tour all 50 states

LANESBORO — The "Over the Back Fence" variety show is ready to salute "Nifty Fifty States" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the St. Mane Theatre, 206 Parkway Ave. N, Lanesboro.

Songs will include "I've Been Everywhere," "Georgia on My Mind" and "Aloha 'Oe." Musical guests are the duo of Eggen & Hippen, from Decorah, Iowa, while Regina Noel-Downing, also of Decorah, is this month's musical director. Host Damon Prestemon will keep the jokes, skits, stories and songs moving along.

Pre-concert music by Joshua Vorvick starts at 7:10 p.m.

Tickets are $10, available at, at the Lanesboro Arts gallery, 103 Parkway Ave. N, and at the door starting at 6:30 p.m.

Woodcuts are topic of art lecture

Rochester Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host a lecture at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at 125 Live, 125 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester.

The lecture, "Making the Cut: Color Woodcuts in the Arts and Crafts Era," is by Marla J. Kinney, from the Department of Prints and Drawings at the institute.

Coffee is served at 10 a.m.

Award-winning film heading to Lake City

LAKE CITY — Filmmaker George Howe will show his documentary film "Decoding the Driftless" at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Lincoln High School auditorium in Lake City.

The film, which explores the driftless area of southeastern Minnesota, won Best Picture and Best Cinematography awards last month at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Howe will lead a discussion after the film. Admission is free.

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