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Finale of Lakes Area Music Festival's fourth season is Sunday

Scott Lykins, artistic director of the Lakes Area Music Festival, has brought a level of music to the lakes area that has no equal.

From the first performance July 29 to the last performance that begins today, at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19 at Tornstrom Auditorium, classical music has filled the air.

It’s been a tremendous offering of the masters and more recent composers that the attendees have been treated to this season.

Mendlelssohn, Dilibes, Mozart, Vivaldi, Brahms, Weber, and Copland were featured by musicians such as Lydia Sadoff, a 16-year-old, the winner of the Lakes Area Music Festival Young Artist Competition, performing Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73 by von Weber.

The Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon performances have delighted and provided an appreciation for the music of the masters and modern composers.

An example of how much the music Lykins and his musical troupe has been appreciated, 800 area residents attending the peformance of the “Magic Flute,” an opera performed, rose to give performers, not just one curtain call, but three.

Many were treated to music from the old country when the “Scenes of Scandinavia” were featured musically last Sunday.

This Sunday’s performance will be the finale. It begins at 3 p.m., with Sarah Hicks conducting “Songs of the New World.”

Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” — “The Boatmen’s Dance,” “The Dodger, Long Time Ago,” “Simple Gifts” and “I Bought Me a Cat” will be performed by baritone John Taylor Ward.

A violin concerto by Samuel Barber will follow, with Johnathan Magness performing.

After intermission, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” in E minor will round out the day and the season for the festival.

The Brainerd lakes area is richer for having the quality of the performers and the rich music they present each year.

Thank you Scott and all of the musicians and singers who have made the summer of 2012 a memorable one. We anticipate a magnificent fifth season.

Keith Hansen

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