2021 Season: New Roots
The 2021 Lakes Area Music Festival promises to be a great reunion. The thought of our musicians and audience coming together again—and doing so in the new theater that we have all worked and waited for—seems unimaginably sweet.
As we plant NEW ROOTS in this state-of-the-art venue, new initiatives and imperatives spring up. The announcement of our first music director, Christian Reif; the gathering of Artistic Advisors from the world’s leading stages; and a renewed commitment to social justice—all of these speak to our new growth.
Western classical music is a tradition whose roots run deep. However, each generation of composers and performers reaches out to find their own light. The music you will hear this season emphasizes the dialogue between present and past, while celebrating the diversity of voices and experiences which bring our artform to life.
Whether joining us in person or tuning in from the comfort of your home, we look forward to being back with you this summer!
Scott Lykins & John Taylor Ward, Artistic Directors
Our New Summer Home
This season brings a long-awaited move into a brand new performing arts venue in downtown Brainerd. Thanks to the voters in the Brainerd School District, a successful bonding referendum has enabled the construction of a state-of-the-art facility which will serve as the new home of the Lakes Area Music Festival. The center boasts an expansive lobby; 1,200-seat auditorium with main floor and balcony seating; concert and theater stage configurations; orchestra pit for over 70 musicians; advanced lighting, sound, and other technical elements; a multipurpose atrium for smaller events; and backstage amenities for performers. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home this season!
In-Person And Streaming Performances
Since the summer of 2020, over a dozen streaming concerts have resulted in audio and video recordings showcasing our extraordinary artists in collaboration.
Get In Touch
Lakes Area Music Festival
P.O. Box 96
Brainerd, MN 56401
Office: 715 Laurel Street, Brainerd