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Lakes Area Music Festival – Cafe Music
August 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) was established during the summer of 2009 when co-founding Artistic & Executive Director Scott Lykins returned to his hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota with four colleagues from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York). In an effort to create an outlet for their musical gifts, these musicians put on six free concerts, and enlisted members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras to participate. Each concert drew successively larger audiences, which encouraged the series organizers to continue the event annually. Based on the community’s demonstrated interest in and desire for musical enrichment, the festival programming has expanded year to year offering a packed three week calendar of musical activities for a wide and diversifying audience.
Each season performances range from chamber music to symphonic orchestra to opera, performed by a stellar collaborative roster including over 140 musicians from such ensembles and conservatories such as the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute, and more. In addition, educational opportunities are offered for audiences of all ages – including a week-long daycamp for children, performance-based instruction for high school students, open rehearsals, and pre-concert lectures.
Beginning during the 2016 season with support from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, LAMF furthered it’s reach into the community through its Outreach program – bringing classical music into area nursing homes, correctional facilities, women’s shelters and more.