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Family concert conjures up Scary Tales/Week 2 of LAMF

Are you ready for a good story? "Bedtime stories," a Lakes Area Music Festival concert for the young and the young at heart, will be performed 2 p.m. Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Then the LAMF will present "Serenata" at 7 p.m. Wedn...

St. Paul Ballet in rehearsal for their performance of Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Submitted Phoro
St. Paul Ballet in rehearsal for their performance of Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Submitted Phoro

Are you ready for a good story?

"Bedtime stories," a Lakes Area Music Festival concert for the young and the young at heart, will be performed 2 p.m. Sunday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Then the LAMF will present "Serenata" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tornstrom. Both concerts are free.

A highlight of Sunday's concert will be the "Jack and the Beanstalk" segment from Minnesota composer Libby Larsen's Three Tales for Wind Octet. The story will be narrated by Jeff Andrews, a teacher, comedian, performer and writer from Rochester, N.Y., who has been lauded as a "supremely gifted comedian."

Also on this program will be Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream; "The Sea and Sinbad's Ship" from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade; the waltz from The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, and two segments from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite-the lullaby and the finale.

The concert will be conducted by Marlene Pauley.

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This concert will culminate a weeklong education day camp for elementary school students. Alexander Pena, who directs the camp, stated in an email release the festival provides more than 50 children and their families the annual opportunity "to integrate themselves with more than 100 world-class musicians while participating in engaging activities in theater arts, instrumental study, visual arts, movement, voice and more."

Day campers will perform what they learned a half-hour prior to the concert.

Wednesday's concert will feature Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. These concertos were once snubbed by the Margrave of Brandenburg but have since become among Bach's most popular music. Bach sent them off to the Margrave hoping for employment, but he never responded, and the concertos were discovered years later.

The fourth concerto features three soloists: Chloe Fedor, violin, and Roma Duncan and Alicia McQuerrey, flutes. Fedor states these concertos "are the brightest of gems from the Baroque era. I'm thrilled to learn the extremely virtuosic solo violin part for Brandenburg 4 and join my wonderful LAMF colleagues to share this special treat."

Duncan is a member of the Minnesota Orchestra and serves on the organization's board of directors; and McQuerrey is a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Mozart was at a time of transition as well when he composed his "Serenade for Winds." He had just been literally kicked out of his employment in Salzburg and had decided to become a free-lance musician in Vienna, where there were several well-known wind players.

The serenade will be played by Kevin Pearl and Joseph Peters, oboe; Jonathan Cohen and Ran Kampel, clarinet; Timothy Zavadil and Anna Brumbaugh, bassett horn; Sarah Tako and Aaron Apaza, bassoon; Dominic Rotella, Patrick Walle, Brett Hodge and Adedeji Ogunfolu, horn; and Matthew Frischman, double bass.

The program will be conducted by Roderick Cox, who will give a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Cox currently assistant conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra and is recognized as one of America's fastest rising young conducting talents.

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The Lakes Area Music Festival, an annual summer series attracting some of the country's leading instrumental and vocal performers, will take place July 31 to Aug. 21. All performances take place at Tornstrom and are free. About 130 instrumentalists and vocalists will again be in

the Brainerd lakes area as guest artists.

Visit www.lakesareamusic.org for more information.

St. Paul Ballet to perform with LAMF

Members of the St. Paul Ballet will join the Lakes Area Music Festival at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. Zoé Emilie Henrot, Nicole Brown, Michelle Ludwig and Preston Stockert of the St. Paul Ballet will be featured with live orchestra in a performance of Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun as part of the sixth concert in the lakes area

music festival's series, "Daydreams" conducted by Andrew Altenbach.

This is the first time these organizations have collaborated on a project, but their shared mission of artistic excellence and accessibility resulted in a natural partnership.

"We are thrilled to expand our artistic offerings this year by presenting ballet for the first time," said Artistic Director of the LAMF Scott Lykins stated in a news release. "And the remarkable dancers from St. Paul Ballet are sure to make sparks fly in collaboration with our orchestra."

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Founded in 2002, St. Paul Ballet has established a reputation for artistic excellence and innovation in utilizing an artist-led model for dance companies, with a vision to lift the human spirit through the art of ballet. The ballet began as a training school offering pre-professional and recreational ballet at the historic 1680 Grand Avenue "studio above the hardware store" where ballet has been taught for more than 60 years. In 2007, the ballet contracted its first professional company of six dancers.

St. Paul Ballet began a new chapter in 2013 under the guidance of Artistic Advisor Christina Onusko and Executive Director Lori Gleason. In 2014, Henrot began directing the company of 10 professional dancers and four apprentices. The company performs a repertoire of classical and contemporary works, ranging from story ballets to innovative works by local, national and

international choreographers that explore new directions for ballet to ensure its continued relevance in the 21st century.

St. Paul Ballet's appearance in the Brainerd is sponsored, in part, by Just For Kix.

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