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Lakes Area Music Festival kicks off winter series

Clarinetist Jonathan Cohen will be among the musicians performing in the Lakes Area Music Festival 2018-19 Winter Series concert titled “Beethoven + Brahms” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography 20131 / 3
Pianist Mary Jo Gothmann will be among the musicians performing in the Lakes Area Music Festival 2018-19 Winter Series concert titled “Beethoven + Brahms” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Submitted Photo 2 / 3
Cellist Scott Lykins will be among the musicians performing in the Lakes Area Music Festival 2018-19 Winter Series concert titled “Beethoven + Brahms” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. Submitted Photo 3 / 3

NISSWA—The Lakes Area Music Festival will kick off its 2018-19 Winter Series with a concert titled "Beethoven + Brahms" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

This concert is the first of a four-concert series and will feature members of the LAMF roster: clarinetist Jonathan Cohen; pianist Mary Jo Gothmann; and artistic director, cellist Scott Lykins.

The concert is open to the public. No tickets are required, but donations to the festival are encouraged.

The program will feature two works for a trio comprised of clarinet, cello and piano. Ludwig van Beethoven's early work is nicknamed the "Gassenhauer Trio," ending with a lively set of variations on tune popularly sung amongst the streets of Vienna, a news release stated. Late in life, Johannes Brahms wrote his more introspective trio as a compositional rebirth, having thought a year earlier that his career writing music had come to an end.

This concert also be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in Minneapolis where the LAMF is returning as Artists in Residence.

Cohen was born in New Orleans, La., into a musical family, beginning clarinet lessons with his father at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. In addition to the LAMF, Cohen has performed in the Sarasota Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center and the Pacific Music Festival. He has also performed as guest principal clarinet with the Virginia Symphony in Norfolk, Va. Other appearances include concerts with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His major teachers have been Steve Cohen, Nathan Williams, Anthony McGill, Mark Nuccio and Yehuda Gilad. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

Lykins' career blends artistic performance as a cellist and pianist with administrative creativity as founding artistic and executive director of the LAMF in Brainerd,. Primarily a cellist, he enjoys a busy schedule performing throughout the Midwest. He is a member of both the South Dakota Symphony and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and has served as principal cellist for the National Orchestra Institute, National Repertory Orchestras and Classical Symphony of Chicago, and has played regularly with the Syracuse, and New World Symphonies. As a soloist, recent concerto appearances include the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Heartland Symphony and the LAMF. He has received a bachelor's and master's degrees in cello

performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Gothmann has worked for some of the most prestigious opera companies in the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Minnesota Opera. She has performed recitals with singers from the Metropolitan Opera as well as with instrumentalists from most of the country's major symphony orchestras. She has performed in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's chamber music series, with EOS Orchestra in New York City, the Taos Chamber Music Group and as piano soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. In addition to a master of music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Minnesota, Gothmann also holds a master's of music in piano performance

from the New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelor of music from St. Olaf College.

Each summer the LAMF brings over 160 all-star musicians from top orchestras and opera companies around the world to perform three weeks of classical music performances in the Brainerd lakes area. From chamber music and symphonic orchestra, to productions of opera and ballet, and drawing thousands of attendees each year, LAMF has become one of the most significant summertime destinations for classical music in the Midwest, the news release stated.

For more information visit lakesareamusic.org.

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