Lakes Area Music Festival’s 14th Annual Season Kicks Off July 30-31

Lakes Area Music Festival’s 14th Annual Season Kicks Off July 30-31

July 21, 2022 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

The Lakes Area Music Festival opens its 14th annual season on July 30 and 31 with “Tribute to the Earth.” Saturday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s event is at 2 p.m. – both in the new Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, located in Brainerd. This orchestral concert, led by music director, Christian Reif, includes Jean Sibelius’ masterful Second Symphony, and the world premiere of a new work by Peruvian American composer, Jimmy López-Bellido.

López-Bellido’s “Pago a la Tierra” (tribute to the earth) is based on an ancient Andean ritual of thanksgiving for nature’s bounty, and it serves as a fitting commemoration of the music and culture to come at this year’s festival. “The Lakes Area Music Festival has always been committed to masterworks of the past – people like Mozart, Beethoven, and others,” said festival artistic director, John Taylor Ward, “And we now have the opportunity to put a classic like Sibelius alongside a work that point to the future of our artform, performed for the very first time locally.”

More information is available at Tickets can be purchased on a “name-your-price” sliding scale, to ensure universal access to world-class performances, via the festival’s website or by calling (218) 831-0765. General inquiries can be made at (218) ASK-LAMF [275-5263].

Founded in 2009, the Lakes Area Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The 2022 season is  bringing 180 artists from around the world to participate in chamber music, symphonic repertoire, opera, outreach, and education. The renowned series runs through August 21.

Peruvian American composer Jimmy Lopez-Bellido