The Lakes Area Music Festival presents a “Renaissance” recital

The show will take place at the Gichi-ziibi Arts Center at Brainerd High School. There is no fixed admission fee, but tickets must be booked in advance on the organization’s website.

“Attendance is increasing,” Carol Russell, spokesperson, said of the festival recently. “We went off the rails a bit with COVID like everyone else. But we think it will be very strong again this year, assuming we can all function again. “

The organizers of the Lakes Area Music Festival announced on August 6 that the remaining activities and performances of its 2021 season have been canceled due to two positive COVID-19 tests among the performers.

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“For our winter series… usually we do four a year. But this year we’ve grown and made new ones to really use this new Gichi-ziibi arts center and attract people, ”Lykins said of the winter series. “And it’s also a great way for us to stay in touch with the community. “

Whether in 15th century Italy or in Harlem just a hundred years ago, culture continues to be redefined by artists. This idea will be explored in Sunday’s vocal recital of songs from – and inspired by – rebirths. Ward will sing and Lykins will play the piano.

Scott Lykins is the Co-Artistic Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival.  Contributed

Scott Lykins is the Co-Artistic Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival. Contributed

“During the winter we do very, very small ensembles – usually two to four musicians at a time – compared to the summer when we have a 75-person orchestra on stage, and we have an opera with all the music. world behind. stuff on the stages, ”Lykins said.

From the Elizabethan romances of John Dowland and sets by Petrarch by Franz Liszt to the noir art of Cab Calloway and Florence Price, Sunday’s vocal recital celebrates “artistic awakenings through the centuries,” according to a press release about the performance Sunday.

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Ward’s performances were hailed for their “elegant abandon,” according to the New Yorker, and “finely-tuned precision and heart-wrenching expressiveness,” according to the Washington Post.

“Many of these musicians who will be performing by May are the favorite musicians that many people will remember from summers gone by,” said Lykins.

Founded in 2009, the Lakes Area Music Festival connects the country’s best performers and audiences through excellent classical music and an inspiring education.

Ward performs regularly with the world’s finest baroque musicians and ensembles, including Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata, Paul O’Dette, Steven Stubbs and the Boston Early Music Festival, William Christie and The Flourishing Arts, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists.

John Taylor Ward is the Co-Artistic Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival.  Contribution / Jiyang Chen

John Taylor Ward is the Co-Artistic Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival. Contribution / Jiyang Chen

Ward’s entrepreneurial endeavors brought classical music to underserved communities and dramatically expanded the cultural offerings of urban centers, according to the press release.

Ward holds a BA from the Eastman School of Music and an MA from the Yale School of Music. He is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Lakes Area Music Festival, an Associate Artist of Heartbeat Opera and an avid singer of Sacred Harp.

The concert will also be given at 7:30 p.m. on December 2 at the Woman’s Club in Minneapolis, where the Lakes Area Music Festival returns as artists in residence for the winter season.

Last month, the organization announced the winter series which will be presented live at the Gichi-ziibi Center through May, featuring the festival’s favorite artists and other internationally renowned guest soloists. Tickets can be booked online at

For more information, including program information, tickets, and COVID security protocols, call 218-831-0765, or visit

The Lakes Area Music Festival is a non-profit organization based in Brainerd. To learn more or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit or call 218-ASK-LAMF.

FRANK LEE can be reached at 218-855-5863 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at

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