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.

2017-2018 Season

September 15: Jorge Rodriguez Ochoa, violin
We are excited to have back Jorge Ochoa after an amazing performance this last season with Grace Wepner-Ludtke. Jorge started his musical studies at the age of 4 with piano and then included violin at age 8. A native from Monterrey City, Mexico, he graduated from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey (ESMDM) in 2006.Since coming to Greensboro, Jorge has held principal positions in regional orchestras in NC and the surrounding states. Currently, he performs with Roanoke Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains and subs with Asheville and Charleston Symphonies.

October 20: Tuba/Euphonium Collective, Appalachian State University
Students of the esteemed Hayes School of Music perform live under the direction of Dr. Beth Wiese. Leading a diverse performance career, Dr. Wiese has performed with a wide variety of orchestras and chamber groups including the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), Macao Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, American Brass Quintet, American Wind Symphony, Lakes Area Music Festival and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has worked with a number of conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, John Williams, Charles Dutoit, Stéphane Denève, Osmo Vanska, and John Adams. As an educator, she has served as an instructor at Yale University and graduate assistant at Northwestern University, working with a large and diverse student population.

November 17: CVCC Chamber Choir
The Catawba Valley Community College Chamber choir will perform a selection of choral music under the direction of the incredible Caroline Simyon. The Catawba Valley Community College Choral Ensemble is an audition only, select group of talented singers.The goal of this Ensemble is to cultivate quality choral music, provide a medium of musical expression, and to afford numerous performance opportunities within our community.

December 15: Holiday Quintet Concert
Join local favorites Allison Andrews, Caroline Collins, John Coffey, John David Welch, and Jeremy Whitener in a concert dedicated to the music of the holiday season, both classical and modern!

February 16: John Coffey, piano
Hickory-based professional pianist, John Coffey, will be presenting a concert of his favorite pieces of the Romantic era as a late Valentines celebration. Mr. Coffey is pleased to announce that he will be joined this year by clarinetist Dr. Douglas Miller, a faculty member of Appalachian State University in Boone.  Dr Miller is also the principal clarinetist of the Western Piedmont Symphony.  Miller and Coffey have been making music together for over 50 years, since their musical association began when they were both students at Lenoir High School in the 1960’s.  After graduation, Miller attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro, while Coffey attended Lenoir-Rhyne and North Carolina School of the Arts.  In 1975, Miller attended Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and Coffey followed the next year when he was accepted at The Juilliard School. Coffey’s first New York apartment was on West 73rd Street, while Miller lived on West 74th Street.  The two men continued concertizing throughout their New York years, and when Miller returned to the Boone area of North Carolina in 1978, Coffey was not far behind, returning to his home town of Lenoir.  The Bach’s Lunch and Listen program immediately follows a faculty recital that the two gentlemen are giving at ASU the night before.  Coffey currently works as pianist/organist at First United Methodist Church in Newton, teaches at Hickory Arts, and occasionally directs plays at The Green Room, which he served as Artistic Coordinator from 1994-2000.  During that same period he was the Facilities Coordinator at the Newton-Conover Auditorium.

March 16: Grace Wepner-Ludtke, harp
Grace will be returning to perform a concert of her favorite harp pieces, true standards of the classical repertoire.

April 20: John David Welch, tenor and Gregory Knight, piano
John David Welch, fresh from his operatic studies at the Manhattan School of Music, will close the 2017-2018 season by presenting a concert of Italian art songs, French opera arias, German lieder, spirituals, and show-tunes. Welch will be accompanied by the incredible pianist, Gregory Knight. Gregory was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, where he was also awarded the Creative Programming Award.



Newton-Conover Auditorium uses Brown Paper Tickets to process our ticket handling.  To purchase tickets to any of our events online, please follow each event link to the Brown Paper Tickets site.
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 828-464-8100.

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

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 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:

Vivian Cline
Donna Ervin
The Dapper Daisy
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 us at or by phone (828) 464-8100

pictures from event