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On the Road to LAMF!

Get away to the Northwoods and experience world-class performances with the Lakes Area Music Festival! The 13th annual season of LAMF will draw over 150 artists from the top orchestras…

Live Streaming

Over the past year, Lakes Area Music Festival has streamed 15 concerts and drawn over 60,000 views from around the world. This season, as we welcome audiences back into the…


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GALA: Seasons Recomposed
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:00PM, Friday, July 30, 2021
Enjoy a contemporary take on Vivaldi’s classic while getting a sneak peek behind the scenes of Brainerd’s new performing arts center! Each year our first concert serves as our largest fundraiser of the year. This performance is a ticketed event.
American Roots
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Saturday, July 31, 2021
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
2:00PM, Sunday, August 1, 2021

In another grand opening event for Brainerd’s new world-class concert hall, the Lakes Area Music Festival celebrates the American spirit. Mason Bates’ kaleidoscopic orchestral fanfare is followed by Jessie Montgomery’s rhapsody of patriotic anthems, including the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing;’ Peruvian-American composer Jimmy López completes this trilogy of contemporary voices …

Open Rehearsal: Partita
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
1:15PM, Monday, August 2, 2021
Andrew Sandwick, clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony, will lead this pre-rehearsal Q&A.
Partita
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Wednesday, August 4, 2021

In this celebration of woodwind instruments, LAMF explores the Baroque suite of dances known as the partita. Relish the virtuosity of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita for Solo Flute, recomposed and performed by guest flautist, Emi Ferguson. Then be swept away by the dancing interplay of oboes, clarinets, basset horns, bassoons, horns, and string bass in …

Open Rehearsal: Spring Strings
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
1:15PM, Thursday, August 5, 2021
Natsuki Kumagai, violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra and concertmaster for this program, will lead this pre-rehearsal Q&A.
Cabernet + CABARET!
Dennis Drummond Wine Company
7:30PM, Thursday, August 5, 2021

Sip and savor our international vocal talent as they serenade you with classic musical theater and American songbook favorites. Enjoy hand-crafted wines and light appetizers as you luxuriate in one of the classiest nights out the Lakes Area has to offer. Life is a cabaret! This program will feature members of our opera cast, as well …

Recital: Chloe Fedor
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Friday, August 6, 2021
Showcasing the ancient roots of Western classical music, LAMF Artistic Advisor and Baroque violinist Chloe Fedor curates and performs a recital alongside special guests.
Concert for Kids
Brainerd Public Library Parking Lot
10:00AM, Saturday, August 7, 2021
All are welcome at this concert for families of all ages! A string orchestra of professional musicians from around the country will perform outdoors, narrated by festival education director Alexander Peña. Free and open to the public; no tickets required.
Spring Strings
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Saturday, August 7, 2021
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
2:00PM, Sunday, August 8, 2021
A string orchestra led by Christian Reif honors our own origins with Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, the finale piece of our first season, reconstructed here for the rich sonorities of an enlarged ensemble.
Open Rehearsal: The Rake's Progress
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
1:15PM, Monday, August 9, 2021
Principals from our opera cast will lead this pre-rehearsal Q&A, discussing Stravinsky's opera, the development of the characters they will play, and the process of putting together an opera in just a few short weeks!
Rain & Red Clay
Tornstrom Auditorium
7:30PM, Wednesday, August 11, 2021
LAMF returns to Tornstrom Auditorium for chamber music by Johannes Brahms, Valerie Coleman, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Downtown Brainerd Block Party
Downtown Brainerd Parking Lot
7:00PM, Thursday, August 12, 2021

International artists converge in a parking lot... join us for our third outdoor block party in the heart of downtown Brainerd! A string orchestra will play pop music and familiar classical favorites. Bring a chair and grab a beer at Sage on Laurel, and enjoy live music outdoors. Presented in partnership with Brainerd Restoration and the …

Recital: Vocal Fellows
Tornstrom Auditorium
7:30PM, Friday, August 13, 2021
Our inaugural class of vocal fellows, drawn from top music programs across the country, will present highlights from their repertoire, and share what they have learned after two weeks of training and performing in the Lakes Area.
Yoga + Live Music
Gregory Park
10:00AM, Saturday, August 14, 2021

Classical music, meditation, and fitness come together in an hour long, outdoor yoga class at Don Adamson Field on the Brainerd High School campus. The class will be led by Jennifer Smith of Nisswa Yoga, with demonstrations and adjustments by teachers from various local studios. Open to all members of the community without charge or previous …

The Rake's Progress
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Saturday, August 14, 2021
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
2:00PM, Sunday, August 15, 2021
Each season, LAMF's opera is a highlight of the season! Based on a series of artworks from the 18th century, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake’s Progress" follows the decline of Tom Rakewell, whose unknowing encounter with the devil transforms him from an innocent, lazy farm boy to living the high life in London before ending up in the depths of the infamous Bedlam asylum. In the end, only love can save an irredeemable soul.
Open Rehearsal: Watermark
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
1:15PM, Monday, August 16, 2021
Tanya Gabrielian, piano soloist for Caroline Shaw's Watermark Piano Concerto, will lead this pre-rehearsal Q&A.
Watermark
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The imprint of the past carries on in the work of composers today. This chamber orchestra program features compositions which look to the past with fresh eyes, from the dazzling Baroque-inspired counterpoint of Steve Reich’s Duet to Caroline Shaw’s Watermark, which expertly weaves strands and patches from Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. As a finale, Sergei …

Open Rehearsal: Tribute to the Earth
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
1:15PM, Thursday, August 19, 2021
Jimmy López, composer of Pago a la Tierra which will receive it's world-premiere at LAMF, will lead this pre-rehearsal Q&A.
Musicians' Night Out
Roundhouse Brewery
7:00PM, Thursday, August 19, 2021

A perfect pairing: Beethoven and Beer! Our Musicians’ Night Out is a chance for our musicians to let loose and play music with colleagues and friends, new and old. Grab a pint and chat with musicians from around the world between sets of informal chamber music sight-reading performances, outdoors at Roundhouse Brewery’s new Nisswa location. Music will …

Recital: Emily Levin
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Friday, August 20, 2021
Featuring Emily Levin, principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony, this recital will explore the domestic roots of this ancient instrument, and the groundbreaking ways female harpists and composers revolutionized the harp’s place in the musical world.
Tribute to the Earth
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
7:30PM, Saturday, August 21, 2021
Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts
2:00PM, Sunday, August 22, 2021
The Lakes Area Music Festival closes its season with a symphonic celebration of the gifts we have all enjoyed. A world premier by Peruvian-American composer Jimmy López is followed by the Second Symphony of Jean Sibelius, a work inspired by the Apennine mountains of Italy.
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