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'Very Viennese' concert set Sunday in Nisswa

Violist Samantha Rodriguez

NISSWA—The Lakes Area Music Festival will bring its winter series to a close with a concert titled "Very Viennese."

The concert will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa. As with all concerts presented by the organization, this will be free of charge and open to the public.

Performers include five members of the LAMF roster: flautist Roma Duncan, violinist

Jonathan Magness, violist Samantha Rodriguez, cellist Scott Lykins, and pianist Timothy Lovelace.

The program will feature chamber music masterpieces by two of the most prominent Viennese

composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms. Mozart's Flute Quartet in D major is a spritely work composed at age 21 shortly before he moved from his native Salzburg for a successful career in Vienna. Brahms' intimate Piano Quartet in C minor will provide a dramatic contrast; after beginning the work early in his career he abandoned it, returning 20 years later to tame his young and desperate passion and complete the version we hear today.

These musicians will also participate in the organization's Music Mentors Project, which brings professional musicians into the public schools of central Minnesota for performance, instruction, and inspiration. On Monday these musicians will visit three elementary schools in the Brainerd lakes area. This school year over 2,500 students will be reached through this program.

Roma Duncan joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003 and has been featured as soloist and in chamber music numerous times. Prior to her Minnesota appointment, Duncan was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Orchestra London in Canada and the Ann Arbor, Windsor and Warren Symphony Orchestras. Her first professional position, as second flute and piccolo in the Windsor Symphony, kindled her interest in the piccolo. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Duncan grew up in the province of Newfoundland, where she began playing flute at age 11. She serves on the board of LAMF.

Alabama native Jonathan 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 spring 2011, performing Dvořák's Violin Concerto under the baton of Marin Alsop. He has participated in each of the eight Lakes Area Music Festival seasons.

Violist Samantha Rodriguez, a native of Mastic Beach, NY, received her bachelor's and master's of music and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, under the tutelage of George Taylor. She has distinguished herself as a soloist with Eastman's Philharmonia, Symphony, and Chorale, as well as with the Lakes Area Music Festival and the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra. Rodriguez, is currently a member of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra and a frequent substitute for the Minnesota Orchestra.

Scott Lykins' career blends artistic performance as a cellist and pianist with administrative creativity as founding artistic and executive director of the LAMF. He is a member of the South Dakota Symphony and an active freelance musician around Minnesota. As a soloist, recent concerto appearances include the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Heartland Symphony, Northeast Orchestra and the LAMF. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Pianist Timothy Lovelace has performed on four continents and has been featured at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Rio de Janeiro's Sala Cecilia Meireles, New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Philadelphia's Trinity Center, Columbia University's Miller Theatre and on chamber music series sponsored by the Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minnesota and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. He has collaborated with internationally known artists Miriam Fried, Alban Gerhardt, Nobuko Imai, Joe Lovano, Robert Mann, Charles Neidich, Paul Neubauer, Paquito D'Rivera, Eugene Rousseau and Fred Sherry, and performed with the Bergen Woodwind Quintet and Pacifica String Quartet. He is on faculty for collaborative piano at the University of Minnesota School of Music.

The ninth annual series of the LAMF will run July 30 through August 20 and will bring over 130 musicians from around the country for three weeks of classical music performance in the Brainerd Lakes Area, including chamber music, symphonic orchestra, opera, and ballet. 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. Visit lakesareamusic.org for more information about the music festival.

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