2021 Season

GALA: Seasons Recomposed
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
7:30PM, Saturday, July 31, 2021
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 …

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 …

Recital: Chloe Fedor
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.
Spring Strings
7:30PM, Saturday, August 7, 2021
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.
Rain & Red Clay
7:30PM, Wednesday, August 11, 2021
LAMF returns to Tornstrom Auditorium for chamber music by Johannes Brahms, Valerie Coleman, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Recital: Vocal Fellows
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.
The Rake's Progress
7:30PM, Saturday, August 14, 2021
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.
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 …

Recital: Emily Levin
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
7:30PM, Saturday, August 21, 2021
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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