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Lakes Area Music Festival kicks off Sunday

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Two contrasting programs will kick off the fourth annual Lakes Area Music Festival, scheduled to take place this summer — the annual community concert scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday and Music for Four scheduled at 7 p.m. Aug. 1, with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts will be held at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Both events are free, but donations to help support the music festival are appreciated.

The community concert will feature a wide variety of musicians from the Brainerd lakes area, ranging from a vocal ensemble to a marimba player. Titles of works to be performed include “Look at My Impeccable Husband” and “Humorous Duet for Two Cats.” The concert will begin with four selections sung by the Consensus Ensemble. Members of the ensemble include Jennie Pelowski, Virginia Rohr, Jennifer Stubbs, Sonya Chamberlain, Grace Forbord, Laurie Chamberlain, Daniel Rohr, David Pelowski and Brian Stubbs.

A flute quartet by Mozart will follow, then a piano trio by Mendelssohn and two opera arias by Delibes and Rossini.

Following an intermission, there will be a marimba solo composed by Keiko Abe, a song by Schubert, and a concerto for two trumpets by Vivaldi.

Other local artists performing at the community concert include Scott Lykins, the festival’s artistic director, Karsten Jensen, Leslie Zander, Emma Hughey, Joseph Trucano, Cathy Taylor, Sarah Aamot, Laura Raedeke, Jessica Moats, Maggie Boland, Kenzey Ostrowski, Christopher Fogderud, Jon Crust, Vanessa Jarmuzek, Sandy Larson, Anja Smith, Emma Hughey and Brea Hollister. Alexander Pena, a longtime festival musician, also will perform.

A social gathering will follow the concert at Giovanni’s.

Music for Four will feature two piano quartets performed by Jonathan Magness, a violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra; Sam Bergman, a violist with the Minnesota Orchestra; Lykins on cello, and pianist Timothy Lovelace, a member of the University of Minnesota faculty.

The musicians will play Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major by Mozart and Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor by Brahms. According to the program notes by John Windh, because the two pieces are both piano quartets, “they are in many ways similar. Both employ the usual classical forms and traditional approaches to melody, rhythm and harmony. Yet their differences are profound, and therein resides the genius of pairing them here.”

The festival was established in 2009, and will feature seven concerts this season that will run through Aug. 19.

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