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Lakes Area Music Festival cancels season due to COVID

The Lakes Area Music Festival takes place in Brainerd, Minnesota.Provided

August 07, 2021

The Lakes Area Music Festival, which returned this summer in Brainerd with live in-person performances, has canceled its season and all related activities after two artists tested positive for COVID. The concerts, which started last weekend, had been scheduled to run through Aug. 22.

“Last week, our season began with optimism and enthusiasm,” artistic director Scott Lykins said in an email sent late Friday night. “We were confident in our return to live performances with the knowledge that all of our artists are vaccinated and 98 percent of ticket holders reported vaccination. …

Christian Reif
German conductor Christian Reif is the inaugural music director of the Lakes Area Music Festival.
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“Unfortunately, two of our artists have tested positive for COVID. Therefore, it is with deep regret and with the safety of our LAMF community in mind that we must cancel all remaining activities of our 2021 season.”

This season had marked the debut of a new concert venue, the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts in downtown Brainerd, and the festival’s first music director, German conductor Christian Reif. He had conducted the festival’s finale performances in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and was set this season to lead six orchestral programs and a production of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

While the remaining live-streaming events have been canceled, you may still watch past concerts on demand below.

July 31-Aug. 1: American Roots
Mason Bates: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Jessie Montgomery: Banner
Jimmy López Bellido: “Techno” from Fiesta!
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Aug. 4: Partita
Johann Sebastian Bach / Emi Ferguson: Partita in A minor for Solo Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade for Winds in B-flat Major, Gran Partita

Aug. 6: Recital - Chloe Fedor (violin)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Sonata Representative
Guiseppe Colombi: Tromba a Basso Solo
Johann Jakob Walther: Scherzo da Violino Solo
Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini: Cello Sonata in G Major
Antoine Forqueray: Harpsichord Suite No. 5
Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata in C Minor (Le Tombeau)
Biber: Passacaglia in G Minor (The Guardian Angel)
Jean-Joseph De Mondonville: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 4, No. 3