Following the success of its 2020 digital summer season, the Lakes Area Music Festival presents its first digital Winter Series concert set 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Entitled “Love Letters,” this soul-baring song recital features works from the 18th century to today, performed by the festival’s artistic directors, John Taylor Ward on bass-baritone and Scott Lykins on piano. People may register to view the “Love Letters” concert, by visiting

Highlights of the program include the U.S. premier of Gerald Barry’s Beethoven, a witty and heart-rending setting of Ludwig van Beethoven’s own love letters; Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s sumptuous and seldom-heard “Songs of Sun and Shade,” as well as works by H. T. Burleigh, Kate Soper, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and the world premiere of “Sometimes” by New York-based composer Susan Kander, a news release stated.

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“This summer, we reached over 50,000 viewers,” stated Lykins, “and we gave the world a peek into what we’ve been up to in Brainerd over the past decade. ‘Love Letters’ is all about deeply personal emotions, but we look forward to airing it for our audience near and far!”

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Broadcast from Lykins home in Minneapolis, “Love Letters” will be presented streaming on the JustGiving platform, which enables nonprofits to expand their reach and their impact. Access is free, with the opportunity to donate to support the music programs.

The Lakes Area Music Festival is offering two free educational opportunities to accompany “Love Letters.”

  • Ward will be joined at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, by international award-winning song specialist and former McKnight Fellow, Clara Osowski, for a discussion of the history and relevance of the art song repertoire.

  • Lykins and Ward may be joined at 10 a.m. Dec. 3 for an informal question and answer session — no topic is off limits.

For more information on “Love Letters,” or to register for one of these educational opportunities, visit

Founded in 2009, the Lakes Area Music Festival connects the nation’s best performers and audiences through excellent classical music and inspiring education, a news release stated. The music festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Brainerd. To find out more or to make a tax-deductible gift, visit or call 218-275-5263 (ASK-LAMF.)