The Lakes Area Music Festival will kick off the new year with a concert titled "Virtuoso Baroque" at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd.
The concert is the second of a four-concert winter series of the organization. This concert is open to the public and no tickets are required.
Minnesota Orchestra's Roma Duncan will be the featured performer, leading a baroque chamber ensemble of musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and Lakes Area Music Festival
roster. The repertoire will include Antonio Vivaldi's Piccolo Concerto in C major and Johann Sebastian Bach's fifth Brandenburg featuring flute soloist, Duncan, violin soloist David Brubaker
of the Minnesota Orchestra and harpsichord soloist Tami Morse of St. Paul's Baroque Room
and the baroque trio Flying Forms. LAMF's artistic director Scott Lykins also will perform a cello
sonata by Vivaldi. Other performers will include Kathryn Bennett, violin, and Sifei Cheng, viola,
of the Minnesota Orchestra, and Charles Block on bass.
"This program is a great way to showcase the flute and the piccolo side-by-side, and allow
audiences the opportunity to hear them both played by such a world-class performer as Roma,"
Lykins stated in a news release.
Duncan has performed many seasons with the Lakes Area Music Festival and currently serves as a musician representative on the organization's board of directors.
This concert also will be performed 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Woman's Club of
Minneapolis, where LAMF is currently artists in residence.
Duncan joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003. She has been a featured soloist with several other orchestras, including l'Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, l'Orchestre
Symphonique de Québec and the Windsor Symphony, and locally with the Minnesota Bach
Ensemble. 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. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, Duncan grew up in the province of
Newfoundland, where she began playing flute at age 11. She earned degrees from McGill
University and the University of Michigan.
Brubaker, who has been a member of the Pacific, Oregon and Houston Symphony Orchestras, joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003. He is a native of Tucson, Ariz., where both his parents were music teachers and members of the Tucson Symphony.
In addition to studying violin, he played oboe while growing up; he also sang as a member of the
Tucson Boys Chorus, with which he toured the U.S. He earned degrees in violin performance
from the Manhattan School of Music and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.
Morse is active as a soloist and chamber musician in the Midwest and on the east coast. With the baroque ensemble Flying Forms, known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances and considered "names to watch" by the Berkshire Review for the Arts, Morse is in residence at Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and with Minnesota
Youth Symphonies. A finalist in the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, she also
performs regularly with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Bach
Society of Minnesota and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Morse has a master of music degree
from the University of Michigan and a doctor of musical arts degree from Stony Brook University. In addition to her studies in the United States, Morse was awarded a grant, which she used to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Ketil Haugsand. She is the artistic director and co-founder of the performance space The Baroque Room in the Lowertown area of downtown Saint Paul.
The Lakes Area Music Festival brings 150 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. For more information about the Lakes Area Music Festival, visit www.lakesareamusic.org.