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Soprano Julia Bullock solos with the Lakes Area Music Festival on this episode of 'SymphonyCast.'
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SymphonyCast®

Lakes Area Music Festival

SymphonyCast - March 25, 2024

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On this episode of SymphonyCast, with host Steve Seel, we we’re heading to a small-town music festival with a big reputation — the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, Minnesota. Conductor Christian Rife leads a summer-night-themed concert, featuring music by Anna Clyne and Hector Berlioz along with soprano Julia Bullock, as well as the Symphony No. 2 by Brahms.

Program

Lakes Area Music Festival
Christian Rief, conductor
Julia Bullock, soprano

CLYNE: This Midnight Hour
BERLIOZ: Les Nuits D’été
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6

Live performance from the 2019 Lakes Area Music Festival

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