Minnesota orchestra musicians headline spring festival
The Lakes Area Music Festival brings its winter series to a close with Beethoven's revolutionary Septet in E-flat Major with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
Minnesota Orchestra musicians joining festival director and cellist Scott Lykins at the concert will be Jonathan Magness, violin; Gareth Zehngut, viola; Kathryn Nettleman, bass; Greg Williams, clarinet; Norbert Nielubowski, bassoon; and Caroline Lemen, horn.
The concerts are free admission and tax-deductible donations at each event will be accepted to help fund the educational programs of the Lakes Area Music Festival.
These concerts are presented in conjunction with the Festival's Music Mentors Project, which brings world-class professional musicians into the public schools of Minnesota for performance demonstrations, master classes, and individual instruction. While in Brainerd, performers on Monday also will make an appearance at Brainerd High School and Forestview Middle School to work with area youth.
Other educational activities of the Lakes Area Music Festival include: the Explore Music! day camp, where elementary-age students explore storytelling and the performing arts with a nationally renowned faculty; Broadway Bound, which gives high school students the opportunity for intensive workshop study and a musical theatre performance with veteran director, Leah Arington; and master classes for pre-professional musicians with an international faculty of experts. Registration for these activities is open and available through Brainerd Community Education.
The Lakes Area Music Festival brings together more than 125 nationally known musicians for three weeks of classical music performance in the Brainerd lakes area, including chamber music, symphonic orchestra and semi-staged opera.
The collaborative roster includes talent from ensembles and conservatories such as the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute and more. For more information go to www.LakesAreaMusic.org.