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Lakes Area Music Fesival community concerts round out summer sounds

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Lakes Area Music Fesival community concerts round out summer sounds
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Nature’s attraction in the lakes region draws thousands of visitors every year. This year’s Lakes Area Music Festival concerts continues to bring the classics to the heart of Minnesota’s lakes country.


Artistic Director Scott Lykins said, “following the tradition of our first three years, musicians from the Brainerd lakes area welcome you back for our fourth annual Festival season, showcasing a varied program of vocal and instrumental repertoire.”

The Lakes Area Chamber Music Festival aims to energize the community with an exciting classical music experience performed by some of the country’s most talented young artists and professional musicians. It is also a celebration of this community, which has produced so many music talents!

“The festival originated in 2009 when Lykins, a native of Nisswa, invited four of his friends to hide away in the beautiful Brainerd lakes area and work as servers at Lost Lake Lodge for the season, according to the festival’s website. “All were current students or recent graduates of the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N. Y. Meghan Attridge, Maria Bellanca, and John Taylor Ward studied voice and opera, Alexander Peña was a violist, and Scott played both cello and piano.”

The community concert is Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. at Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak St., Brainerd.

“Music for Four,” an evening of chamber music by two of history’s most beloved composers — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms will be featured on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at Tornstrom.

Other August concerts include: “Symphonic Tales” on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 3 p.m.; “Baroque Dance Party” will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m.; “Scenes of Scandinavia” is set for Sunday, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m.; “Magic Flute” is Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m.; and “Songs of the New World” is set for Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m.

These concerts are free and open to the public.

Classical and traditional music concerts in our community need and deserve our support. Our communities are fortunate to have access to this quality of classical music. Share the love of music with friends and family.

Keith Hansen

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