Bach’s Lunch ‘n’ Listen


Bach's Lunch 'n' Listen

The Area’s Most Popular Lunchtime Concert Series

 Newton-Conover Auditorium is home to the popular lunchtime concert series, Bach’s Lunch ‘n’ Listen. All performances start at 12 and finish no later than 1:30.
Tickets are $15.


2016-2017 Season

August 19 – John David Welch & Gregory Knight

New Executive Director, John David Welch, new to Newton after studying at the Manhattan School of Music, will be opening the season alongside award-winning pianist, Greg Knight. The duo will be performing Italian art songs, French opera arias, German lieder, spirituals, and some of your favorite showtunes.

September 16 – UNC School of the Arts Early Music and Dance Program

Allen Berryhill of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will be bringing a madrigal choir and dancers to present a program of music from the Elizabethan era. This will be both historically and artistically inspiring!

October 21 – Nezhdanova – Placzek Duo

Elena Nezhdanova and Dr. Roman Placzek, a renowned cellist and Artistic Director of the North Carolina Bach Festival, will be presenting music by Johan Sebastian Bach and Marin Marais for cello and piano.

November 18 – Debra Reuter-Pivetta & Federico Pivetta

The award winning Pivetta Duo is a North Carolina based husband and wife duo dedicated to involving audiences of all ages with their energetic and imaginative programming. Standing ovations across the United States reflect the public’s enthusiasm for the Pivetta Duo.  “From beginning to end, the audience was treated to wonderfully musical phrase making and breathtaking technical skill.” -Delta County Independent.  In Italy, the critics claim: “This was, without any doubt, one of the best concerts.” – L’Amico del Popolo.  Extreme versatility, diversity and accomplishment from classical to jazz, this flute and piano duo will deliver the sounds of magical music!

December 16 – Holiday Harp Concert

Grace Wepner-Ludtke returns to our Bach’s Lunch ‘n’ Listen with several other fellow harpists for this special holiday concert.  Enjoy some of your favorite carols as they are showcased on the concert pedal harp.

January 20 – NewArt School of Music Faculty

The Newton-Conover Auditorium is proud to be the home of the Newart School. Our amazing staff members and teachers spend countless hours educating all ages and skills levels in the arts and preparing them for the spotlight. Once a year, we get to turn the spotlight on these fabulous educators and performers. After years of teaching and performing these works, they always provide an amazing performance.

February 17 – John Coffey

Local legend, John Coffey, will perform a variety of favorite piano pieces from the romantic era.

March 17 – Belles on Strings

This string trio features Ann Borden on Celtic harp, Jennifer Lane on fiddle, and Tracey Maxwell on cello, and will be presenting a concert blending Celtic, jazz, and classical styles, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

April 21 – Grace Wepner-Ludtke

Grace will be returning to perform a concert of her favorite harp pieces, true standards of the classical repertoire. Preceded and accompanied by her brother, John Wepner.

May 19 – Frank Merrit

Mr. Merritt is the principal hornist in the Western Piedmont Symphony and also plays with the Charlotte Philharmonic and Salisbury Symphony. He also is an adjunct horn instructor at Lenoir-Rhyne College and performs with the renowned Unifour Brass. He will be performing a recital of standard horn repertoire.

Click Here To Purchase Tickets To Bach’s Lunch!

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You may also call 1-800-838-3006 to purchase tickets over the phone.
Members of Newton-Conover Auditorium may call the Auditorium office  to book tickets at 828-464-1800.

2016 – 2017 Bach’s Bunch

Bach’s Bunch are the sponsors that make it possible for us to bring you high quality music performances in the intimate setting of our beautiful McCreary Modern Gallery. We are so grateful for these sponsors:

North Carolina Community Foundation

Belle le Verre

The Light Place

Sponsorship Opportunity
6 Tickets (includes lunch & concert)
Front Table Seating
Program Listing
Website Listing
Recognition in Bach’s Bunch
Charity Tax Deduction

Being a part of Bach’s Bunch helps improve the quality of life in your local community by supporting high quality music performances in a relaxed setting through our lunch ‘n’ listen series. Call John David Welch at 828-464-8100 and ask how you can be a part of this special group of patrons.

The Chatterbachs

The Chatterbachs are a special group of people that contribute time and help to the Bach’s Lunch ‘n’ Listen series. Special thanks goes to:

Jayne Abernethy
Clara Abernethy
The Dapper Daisy
Eventful Elements
Mandy Hildebran
Two Pink Magnolias
Cheryl Weldon
Grace Wepner-Ludtke
Nell Wepner
& Members of the NCAA Board

The Chatterbachs are always looking for new recruits. If you would like to join this fun group of volunteers, contact John David Welch at

pictures from event