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Pianist Gregory DeTurck will return to perform a free Lakes Area Chamber Music F1 / 2
Scott Lykins (left) and Gregory DeTurck will perform a free Lakes Area Chamber M2 / 2

After a highly successful third summer concert series, the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival is back for its first concert of the “off-season” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium.

Pianist Gregory DeTurck will return to perform a free concert that is open to audiences of all ages. DeTurck will perform solo works by Bach and Schnittke, and he will be joined by festival artistic director and cellist Scott Lykins for duos by Beethoven and Shostakovich. In addition to the performance, the organization will unveil future plans, including concert dates and information for the 2012 season.

In presenting six world-class classical music concerts in August, the Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival brought more than 50 guest musicians from around the country to the lakes area. Members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras were joined by aspiring musicians from top international music conservatories in a unique collaboration, from small ensembles to full orchestras. In addition to the August series at Tornstrom Auditorium, the organization presents a prelude series in communities around central Minnesota in July and a handful of educational opportunities for area residents of all ages. Each of these activities are free; free-will donations will be accepted.

DeTurck became an audience favorite in August, performing a duo recital with Lykins as well as a solo with the Lakes Area Chamber Orchestra for Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto on violin, cello and piano.

DeTurck began studying piano at the age of 4 and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, studying with Thomas Schumacher and Julian Martin. Upon graduation from Juilliard, he entered a two-year residency program as a Fellow of the Academy in New York City, a program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard and the Weill Music Institute. He has performed around the country as soloist with the Minnesota and Philadelphia orchestras and the Los Angeles and Rochester philharmonics. Recent recital venues include Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Niemeyer Center, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Phillips Collection Series, among many others. This last spring he completed his doctorate at the Eastman School and this fall started his first semester as a faculty member in the Theory Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Upcoming performances include a solo recital for Radio Suisse Espace 2 in Geneva, Switzerland, and a week-long residency in Madeira, Mexico.

For more information on the festival and this concert go to This concert is sponsored, in part, by grants from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and the Five Wings Arts Council through the arts and cultural heritage fund.