LAMF presents Schubert's cello quintet
The Lakes Area Music Festival will present a performance of one of classical music's most beloved chamber works as its finale of a four-concert winter series.
The concert will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd. As with all concerts presented by the organization, this concert is open to the public with no tickets required.
In his "String Quintet in C major," Franz Schubert adds a second cello to the standard string quartet, enhancing the richness and dark subtleties of his final instrumental work, a news release stated.
Longtime musicians of the LAMF will bring the piece to life—from the tuneful melodies of the first movement and tranquil simplicity of the second, to the exuberance of the finale. Performers will include violinists Jonathan Magness and Rebecca Corruccini, both of the Minnesota Orchestra; violist Samantha Rodriguez of the Rochester Philharmonic; and cellists Sarah Lewis of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and LAMF Artistic Director Scott Lykins. To open the program, soprano Bergen Baker will offer several selections from the German lieder of Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf, with Lykins at the piano.
"Schubert's Cello Quintet is an incredibly engaging piece of music for audiences and musicians
alike," Lykins stated. "We are pleased to present this masterpiece and to feature some of the musicians that kick started our first decade of success."
Magness, Rodriguez, Lewis and Lykins are all founding musicians of the LAMF, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this season.
Magness was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra's associate principal second violin in 2008 after performing as a regular substitute with the orchestra's first violin section for one season. In February of 2014, he was named acting principal second violin. He took center stage as soloist in the spring of 2011, performing Dvořák's Violin Concerto under the baton of Marin Alsop.
Corruccini joined the Minnesota Orchestra's first violin section in 2008. Before assuming her Minnesota post, she performed with the Houston Symphony. She has appeared as guest concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic and Philharmonia Mexico, and as guest associate principal second violin with the Baltimore Symphony. She earned a bachelor's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil, and a master's degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where her teacher was Kathleen Winkler.
Rodriguez, a native of Mastic Beach, N.Y., began playing the viola at the age of 7. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music studying with George Taylor. She is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, currently acting assistant principal viola. She also is a frequent substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Lykins is the LAMF artistic and executive director and is a member of the South Dakota Symphony. As a soloist, recent concerto appearances include the Minnesota Philharmonic, Heartland Symphony and Northeast Orchestra. He has received a bachelor's and master's degrees in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music.
Lewis, who started piano lessons at age 3, has been a member of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1998. She earned degrees from Southern Methodist University and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Lev Aronson and Channing Robbins.
Hailed by the Star Tribune as having a "fetching blend of grace, warmth and humor on
stage," the news release stated, Baker has been a featured performer with companies such as Minnesota Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, Skylark Opera and Florentine Opera.
In addition to performances on the operatic and concert stage, Baker served as teaching artist
for the Minnesota Opera from 2012-14, organizing community residencies and performances serving nearly 15,000 opera lovers across Minnesota.
For more information about the LAMF or a schedule for the upcoming anniversary season scheduled Aug. 4-26, visit www.lakesareamusic.org.