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New York educators present Explore Music to youth

School is almost out, but the learning is about to begin with the Lakes Area Music Festival. Audiences of any age will find numerous opportunities this summer to experience music and the arts through the programs of the festival's eighth annual s...

Alexander Peña, a classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, NY, will lead the Explore Music! program in August. The program is part of the Lakes Area Music Festival, which is in its eighth’ year. (Submitted)
Alexander Peña, a classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, NY, will lead the Explore Music! program in August. The program is part of the Lakes Area Music Festival, which is in its eighth’ year. (Submitted)
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School is almost out, but the learning is about to begin with the Lakes Area Music Festival.

Audiences of any age will find numerous opportunities this summer to experience music and the arts through the programs of the festival's eighth annual season.

As part of the events, registration is now open for Explore Music!, the festival's annual weeklong day camp for students in first through fifth grades. The program, which is in its fifth year, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5 at the Washington Educational building in Brainerd. Each day will be full of activities learning about music and the arts through numerous creative outlets. Participants will move, dance, sing and play instruments while exercising their creative muscles through daily guided improvisation.

This musical exploration will be led by Alexander Peña, a classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, NY, along with his team of teachers from New York.

Peña stated in a news release, "The Lakes Area Music Festival understands the importance of inspiring our youth and we are committed to music education. Explore Music! provides lakes area children and their families a week of orchestral-music exploration through the lens of engaging activities in theater arts, instrumental study, visual arts, movement, voice, and more." At the end of the camp, student participants will have a chance to share what they have discovered by participating in a special performance preceding the Lakes Area Music Festival's family concert scheduled 2 p.m. Aug. 7. The concert is titled "Bedtime Stories," and is designed to entertain audiences of all ages and will feature conductor Marlene Pauley leading an orchestra of world-class artists in the musical storytelling of Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsikov and more.

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Like all concerts presented by the festival, this family concert is presented free of charge ensuring complete access to any person or family interested in attending.

Explore Music! is co-sponsored by Brainerd Community Education, with support from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Twin Cities Opera Guild. Participation is limited.

To register a child, go to www.lakesareamusic.org or sign up through Brainerd Community Education. Registration fee is $65 per participant.

The 2016 festival season will run July 31 through Aug. 21 with concerts at Tornstrom Auditorium, with additional educational and outreach programs for audiences of all ages. More than 140 professional musicians from around the country will come to the Lakes Area to collaborate on chamber music, symphony orchestra, opera and ballet.

Youth performed in last year’s Explore Music! Concert put on by the Lakes Area Music Festival. The program this year will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5 at the Washington Educational building in Brainerd. (Submitted)
Youth performed in last year’s Explore Music! Concert put on by the Lakes Area Music Festival. The program this year will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5 at the Washington Educational building in Brainerd. (Submitted)

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