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American Classical Orchestra
The Baroque Room
Boston Early Music Festival
Chrysalis Chamber Players
Daegyu Opera House
Des Moines Metro Opera
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Duluth Superior Symphony
Dutch National Ballet
Eastman School of Music
English Baroque Soloists
English National Opera
Equilibrium Young Artists
Festival d’Aix en Provence
Florida Grand Opera Orchestra
Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Frank Solomon Associates
Grant Park Symphony
Hong Kong Sinfonietta
House of Makers
The Juilliard School
Les Arts Florrisants
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Marlboro Music Festival
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Minnesota Bach Ensemble
Minnesota Opera Orchestra
Mostly Mozart Festival
New World Symphony
North Carolina Symphony
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Oregon Bach Festival
Royal Conservatory of the Hague
Saint Louis Symphony
Saint Olaf College Faculty
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
San Antonio Symphony
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Symphony
Santa Fe Opera
Sarasota Opera Orchestra
South Dakota Symphony
Washington National Opera
Wolf Trap Opera
E N S E M B L E S R E P R E S E N T E D
Dear Music Lovers,Welcome to the eleventh annual season of the Lakes Area Music Festival! As we enter our second decade of excellent performances, education, and outreach, I am proud to announce a season of new beginnings in 2019.
The music featured this season displays fresh perspectives of composers’ influences and experiences. We will hear the unprecedented fusion of jazz music and the classical concerto in George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; learn about the hindrances and inspirations of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1; trace the journey of the Baroque revolution to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4; and experience the world-premiere of Venezuelan-born composer Reinaldo Moya’s violin concerto. Jacques Offenbach’s La belle Hélène depicts classical Greek story of Helen of Troy within an absurdly hysterical operetta setting. And in our final orchestral programs we will showcase amazing works by lesser-known composers, like Franz Shrecker and Karol Szymanowski, alongside favorites by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Strauss, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Bringing this music to life will of course be our extraordinary roster of artists. Alongside many long-time performers, we look forward to welcoming a new, internationally renowned team of conductors, soloists, and designers. LAMF 2019 will also introduce our new partnership with the Amsterdam-based dance company House of Makers and provide valuable career advancement for emerging professional ensembles through the creation of a new String Quartet Fellowship.
The Lakes Area Music Festival continues to build a national reputation and welcome new audiences traveling to the area to experience all we have to offer. At the same time, we are proud to maintain our close community ties with accessible and inclusive opportunities for everyone in our festival family. This organization is a highlight in the lives of our musicians and audience alike, and a unique, revitalizing force in central Minnesota. Thank you for making all that we do possible.
See you at the concerts,
Scott LykinsArtistic & Executive Director
The Lakes Area Music Festival connects the nation’s best performers and audiences through excellent classical music and inspiring education.
The Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) was established during the summer of 2009 when founding director Scott Lykins returned to his hometown of Brainerd, MN, with four colleagues from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. In an effort to create an outlet for their musical gifts, these musicians enlisted members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras and put on six free concerts. Each concert drew successively larger audiences, demonstrating the community’s desire for musical enrichment. This enthusiasm led to expansion each year to provide more unforgettable musical experiences for residents and visitors of central Minnesota.
Entering its second decade, 2019 marks the eleventh season of LAMF. Year-round programming features over 160 all-star musicians from top orchestras and opera companies around the world reaching a cumulative audience of over 15,000—28% of whom have no exposure to classical music outside our programs. Uniquely, each performance is offered without tickets or set fees. This radical hospitality has inspired widespread engagement, generous philanthropy, and a new understanding of what is possible when a diverse community comes together around something great.
Enjoy the longest sunset of the year field-side at the Farm with the Lakes Area Music Festival. Summer Solstice is a celebration of great food and music, featuring a quartet of opera singers performing familiar hits by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet, and more. This annual fundraiser—complete with raffles and auctions—benefits our youth education programs, including the Music Mentor’s Project which brings professional musicians into the public schools of our region to inspire young musicians.
Individual, general admission: $75 by June 17$85 by June 26VIP Reserved table of 8: $600
COMMUNITY SHOWCASE Sunday, July 28 | 2 P.M. | Tornstrom Auditorium
Since our first season, the Lakes Area Music Festival has been the product of a community united through volunteerism, financial support, and an extraordinary appreciation for the Arts. Each year we also celebrate the tremendous talents of our local musicians, and this year’s Community Showcase will again feature many of the individuals and ensembles that keep the music alive year round in the Lakes Area!
Summer Solstice at St. MathiasFriday, June 28 | 6 p.m.
As we enter our second decade, we are committed to the continued expansion of our programs to support audiences and artists. This season we have established a new String Quartet Fellowship, inviting one emerging professional ensemble to join us in Minnesota for a paid summer of intensive rehearsal and performance opportunities.
We are proud to present the Altius Quartet as our first fellowship ensemble, selected from an international pool of applicants. Hear them on their Prelude Series tour, and again as they open our season at Tornstrom Auditorium.
String Quartet FELLOWSHIP
Altius Quartet is an ensemble determined to further the art of chamber music through performance, education, and outreach. Altius strives to communicate art to a more diverse audience through community engagement and innovative repertoire. Hailed as “rich” and “captivating” by the renowned music blog, “I Care If You Listen,” the Altius Quartet is garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences through their charisma and dynamism. Altius has also received critical praise for their musicianship and versatility on both of their albums: “Dress Code” and “Shostakovich String Quartets 7, 8, & 9.”
Altius has also been awarded prizes at many internationally respected competitions including: the Schoenfeld International String Competition, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States.
Altius Quartet is deeply committed to outreach, often performing concerts and teaching master classes in public schools and alternative performing venues including: jazz clubs, bars, and homeless shelters.
Altius QuartetJoshua Ulrich, violinAndrew Giordano, violinAndrew Krimm, violaErin Patterson, cello
PRELUDE SERIES TOUROur annual Prelude Series serves as a preview of what is in store for the August season. This July you’ll hear the Altius Quartet performing two different programs in communities throughout the state. Dates and locations will be announced this Spring.
SHOWCASE PERFORMANCEWEDNESDAY, JULY 31 — 7:30 P.M. Tornstrom Auditorium
“We are thrilled to have been chosen to be the inaugural Fellowship Quartet at the Lakes Area Music Festival this summer. As a young quartet, it’s important to have ample performance opportunities in a short period of time to give us a chance to try out lots of different musical ideas in varied styles of repertoire. LAMF is a perfect place for this. We’re also excited about having plenty of rehearsal time together, and the stipend allows us to focus one hundred percent on quartet playing. We’re also passionate about outreach, so we’re excited to engage with diverse audiences in many different venues during our time in Minnesota.”
— ALTIUS STRING QUARTET
Left to right: Andrew Krimm, viola; Robbie Erhard, cello (interim); Joshua Ulrich, violin; Andrew Giordano, violin. Not pictured is Erin Patterson, cello, joining in May 2019.
1 Courtney Lewis, conductor Jacksonville Symphony Belfast, Northern Ireland
2 Gemma New, conductor Hamilton Philharmonic Wellington, New Zealand
3 Itamar Zorman, violin 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition Winner Tel Aviv, Israel
4 Reinaldo Moya, composer Violin Concerto Commission Caracas, Venezuela
5 Meriem Bahri, costume design Lille, France and Tunis, Tunisia
6 Jonathan Brandani, conductor Minnesota Opera Lucca, Italy
7 Zachary Wilder, tenor Pâris in La belle Hélène Los Angeles, California
8 Edwin Outwater, conductor San Francisco Symphony (former) Santa Monica, California
Introducing . . .
1 2 3
4 5 6
Opening GalaRHAPSODY IN BLUEFriday, August 2 | Pre-show events followed by 8 p.m. concertNorthern Pacific Center Event Space
Edwin Outwater, conductor
This year’s opening gala brings us back to an era of flapper girls, Jazz Age glitz and glamour, and Gatsby-esque opulence as we step into the Roaring Twenties! The celebration will feature our symphony orchestra performing George Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Tanya Gabrielian, as well as everyone’s favorite classics sung by Anna Dennis and John Taylor Ward.
Come join our largest fundraiser of the year to help support the concerts we present all year long, without tickets or admission fees in order to make the music of LAMF accessible to all.
Tickets go on sale April 1 at lakesareamusic.org/gershwin-gala
Symphony 101BRAHMS’ FIRSTSaturday, August 3 | 7:30 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Johannes Brahms was in his forties when he finally completed his first symphony. New to LAMF this year, our Symphony 101 program will feature Conductor Edwin Outwater leading the audience through Brahms’ monumental 21-year journey with musical examples and storytelling followed by a full performance of the symphony.
Concert for KidsI GOT RHYTHM!Sunday, August 4 | 2 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium
Edwin Outwater, conductor
Our annual family concert invites audiences of any age to experience the joy of rhythm. Boogie with Beethoven and groove with Gershwin! After the concert, participate in our instrument petting zoo where kids can try out the instruments of the orchestra themselves.
Chamber MusicFRANCE NUVEAUWednesday, August 7 | 7:30 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium
Claude Debussy: Syrinx Sonora Slocum, flute
Jules Massenet: Poeme d’avril Zachary Wilder, tenor Mary Box, piano
Ernest Chausson: Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet Jonathan Magness, violin Tanya Gabrielian, piano
The freshness of French music springs from a passion for experimentation. Early works by Massenet and Chausson present refined elegance and new forms alongside Debussy’s unprecedented Syrinx for solo flute.
DanceSHAKER LOOPSSaturday, August 10 | 7:30 p.m.Sunday, August 11 | 2 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium
Gemma New, conductor
Igor Stravinsky: Danses concertantes
Reinaldo Moya: Vestida de Mar (Dressed in the Sea) [World Premiere] Francesca Anderegg, violin
John Adams: Shaker Loops Featuring dance partner House of Makers
The Lakes Area Music Festival’s first world-premiere—Venezuelan composer Reinaldo Moya’s violin concerto—is performed alongside the premiere of a dance from Amsterdam’s House of Makers with the music of John Adams’ Shaker Loops. Conductor Gemma New leads this program of music from the Americas.
House of Makers comprises of Sterre van Rossem (writer), Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair (dancer/choreographer) and Peter Leung (choreographer). As creative directors of House of Makers they develop playful, creative and interdisciplinary concepts. Driven by their fascination with the role of the performer and its relation to the audience they explore the boundaries between various disciplines producing installations, live performances and film both for the regular stage and site-specific locations. They have worked with dancers from New York City Ballet, Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet and collaborated with many different artists such as fashion designer
David LaPort and animator Geoffrey Lillemon. Their work has been presented at the van Gogh Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, various cultural festivals, Ostade Theater A’dam, Frascati Theater, Toren Adam amongst many other locations.
For 2019 House of Makers are associate artists at Theater CC Amstel in Amsterdam. Being a writer, dancer and choreographer, they strongly believe that multiple disciplines open up a work in multiple ways. Their work leans on live performance and has an inquisitive and often dreamlike quality.
BaroqueA JOURNEY TO BACHWednesday, August 14 | 7:30 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium
Chloe Fedor, leader
Claudio Monteverdi: Toccata and Prologue from L’Orfeo Anna Dennis, soprano
Heinrich Schütz: Es steh Gott auf, SWV 356 Zachary Wilder, tenor John Taylor Ward, baritone
Heinrich Biber: Battalia à 10
Dieterich Buxtehude: Sonata in C Major, BuxWV 266
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 4
The revolution of Baroque music, originating in Italy, set the stage for the development of classical music history as we know it today. Masters of historical performance practice lead us on this lively journey from Monteverdi to Bach.
Soprano Jamilyn Manning-White as the Queen of the Night in our 2018 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
OperaTHE BEAUTIFUL HELEN OF TROY (La belle Hélène)Saturday, August 17 | 7:30 p.m.Sunday, August 18 | 2 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium Music by Jacques OffenbachLibretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalévyPremiered December 17, 1864 at the Théâtre des Variétés, ParisSung in French with English supertitles, spoken dialogue in English (translation by Richard Traubner)
This hysterical and absurd romp through Ancient Greece is complete with Spartan soldiers, Prince Paris, and of course the most beautiful woman in the world—Helen of Troy. La belle Hélène proves that no matter the value we place in Jupiter’s laws, the love of Venus will always prevail.
Hélène Anna Dennis
Pâris Zachary Wilder
Calchas John Taylor Ward
Ménélas Jason McStoots
Agamemnon Gary Moss
Jonathan Brandani, conductorJJ Hudson, directorJerome Wills, set design and technical directorTlaloc Lopez-Waterman, lighting and projection designerMeriem Bahri, lead costume designerRuthie Gmeinder, costume designerMary Box, répétiteur
Chamber OrchestraBEETHOVEN’S PASTORALEWednesday, August 21 | 7:30 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium
Courtney Lewis, conductor
Franz Shrecker: Chamber Symphony
Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
Often times composers’ internal vision outpaced the conventions of their time. Beethoven characteristically pushed the boundaries of what music could be defined as. Similarly, Shrecker crafted timbres which had only ever been heard in his mind. This colorful program shows masters making the unseeable seen and the unhearable heard.
Symphony FinaleSTRAUSS AND TCHAIKOVSKYSaturday, August 24 | 7:30 p.m.Sunday, August 25 | 2 p.m.Tornstrom Auditorium
Courtney Lewis, conductor
Richard Strauss: Don Juan
Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 2 Itamar Zorman, violin
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5
Each year we celebrate the end of our season with a spectacular symphonic finale, and this year is no different! Strauss’ tone poem Don Juan notoriously requires the highest degree of virtuosity from each member of the orchestra. Its sensuous character is matched by that of Polish composer Szymanowski’s violin concerto, before a triumphant season conclusion with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.
< ALEXANDER PEÑA
CHRISTIANA ^ SHORTER
< KURT FEDDE
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KIDS IN THE LAKES AREA WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS WEEKLONG DAY CAMP packed with activities exploring music and the Arts! Students (entering grades 1-5) will participate in a variety of creative activities that will guide them through learning about the orchestral music presented at the festival’s Family Concert.
Participants will move, dance, sing, and play instruments every day and exercise their creative muscles through guided improvisation. Then, before the I Got Rhythm concert on August 4th, they will share what they have discovered!
Invigorating musical exploration will be led by Alexander Peña—classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, NY—with a team of teachers from New York who bring expertise in acting, improvisation, movement, musical
theater, and choral activities.
DATES: July 29 – August 2TIMES: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.LOCATION: Washington Educational Services Building 804 Washington Street, BrainerdFEE: $80, includes t-shirt and a daily snackAGE: Students entering grades 1-5
Enrollment is very limited. Please register through Brainerd Community Education by July 1.
Open RehearsalsAs you can imagine, a lot of preparation goes into the world-class performances you
experience from our stage. Now you are invited to come and witness first hand the hard
work that goes into each concert. The doors to Tornstrom Auditorium will be open at the first
rehearsal for each concert this summer, giving you a glimpse at how our musicians progress
from the initial read through toward the final product you will hear a couple days later.
1:15 p.m. Discussion led by a featured musician2 p.m. Rehearsal in Tornstrom Auditorium
Monday, August 5 Thursday, August 8Monday, August 12 Thursday, August 15Monday, August 19 Thursday, August 22
AFTERGLOWPRAIRIE BAY 15115 Edgewood Drive N, Baxter
After each of our evening performances,
we keep the celebration going at Prairie
Bay in Baxter! Enjoy a gourmet menu and
relive your favorite moments from our
concerts, all while making connections
with our amazing musicians.
Following evening performances on:Wednesday, August 7 Saturday, August 10Wednesday, August 14 Saturday, August 17Wednesday, August 21 Saturday, August 24
END OF SEASON BREWERY BASHROUNDHOUSE BREWERY
1551 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd
Celebrate the end of a fantastic season
with our musicians! Head on over to
the Roundhouse Brewery after the
final concert of the season where beer,
Festival friends, and memories of the
season are all on tap.
Sunday, August 25Approximately 4 p.m.
MUSICIANS’ NIGHT OUTJoin our musicians for an
evening of casual fun. Grab
a pint of Roundhouse’s
special LAMF brew and
enjoy the energy of a
chamber music sight-reading
Thursday, August 22 6-8 p.m.
Your night out on the town just got classier,
at our reimagined Cabaret evening!
Be entertained by musical theater and
American songbook numbers as—for one
night only—our cast of international opera
stars let their hair down in this year’s
Tickets and more information available
April 1 at lakesareamusic.org/cabaret
Friday, August 97:30-9:30 p.m.
Our programming strives to make the arts accessible to everyone, regardless of
economic status or previous experience with classical music. Last season, we redoubled
that effort with an ambitious outreach program, adding over a dozen activities to the
festival calendar and bringing our music outside the walls of Tornstrom Auditorium.
Here are just some of the ways the world-class artists of the Lakes Area Music Festival
reached new communities:
• Senior living center performances
• A kids concert at the Brainerd Public Library
• An instrument petting zoo with Kinship Partners
• A creative song-writing workshop at the Mid-MN Women’s Center
• Concerts at the Crow Wing County Jail
• An outdoor, community yoga class marrying music, meditation, and fitness
If you have an idea of how we can bring music to new communities, please let us know.
Our community-led, community-focused outreach initiative is here to serve!
Learn more and propose outreach activities at our website: LAKESAREAMUSIC.ORG/OUTREACH
Kids can try out winds, brass, and strings in an instrument petting zoo following our Sunday,
August 4 concert for kids.
An outdoor public yoga class with live music on the Brainerd High School football field is
scheduled for Saturday morning, August 17, 2019.
The Lakes Area Music Festival thrives on the volunteer support of community members. Over 300 volunteers perform vital tasks, from housing and feeding
musicians to helping build opera sets and running concert operations. No matter your schedule, no matter your skills—we have a place for you.
Join us today at lakesareamusic.org/volunteer
SPONSORSHIPGet your business or organization in front of thousands of people and help support the Lakes Area Music Festival’s diverse concert, education, and outreach programs by becoming a sponsor:Development director Melissa Kaufenberg [email protected] 651-231-7785
MusicMakersOur team of MusicMakers is instrumental in making sure our music continues to be heard long into the future. This sustaining gift program offers the opportunity to make an unrestricted monthly pledge. Your donation will automatically renew, withdrawing your contribution directly from your credit card or bank account through our secure processor.
Find more information and enroll on the MusicMaker tab: lakesareamusic.org/contribute
LEGACY SOCIETYBy considering your philanthropic legacy and establishing a planned gift to the Lakes Area Music Festival, you help ensure our strong and sustainable future. To learn more about joining our Legacy Society, maximizing your legacy and taking advantage of important tax benefits, or to notify us of your planned giving intentions, please contact: Executive director Scott Lykins [email protected] 218-ASK-LAMF (218-275-5263)
ANNUAL FUNDOne of the things that makes LAMF unique is our commitment to ensuring that excellent art is accessible to everyone. Rather than sell tickets, we invite you to put a value on our mission. Each year, the combined generosity of many supporters covers approximately 70% of our annual budget. And each year this allows us to increase LAMF’s impact in our region! Make your tax-deductible, one-time gift:
> Mail a CHECK payable to “LAMF”: Lakes Area Music Festival P.O. Box 96 / Brainerd, MN 56401
> GIVE ONLINE by credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT) from your bank account at lakesareamusic.org/contribute
> DONATE by cash, check, or credit card at every concert and event!
The Lakes Area Music festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization; your gifts to LAMF are tax-deductible.
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