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Lakes Area Music Festival Begins July 30th at Gichi-Ziibi Center - The New Performing Art Center at Brainerd Senior High School

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Giichi-Ziibi Performing Art Center in Brainerd

John Taylor Ward joined us this Morning to give us a preview of the 2021 Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd. This year they get to perform in the brand new Gichi-Ziibi Center for the Arts at Brainerd Senior High School. It's a 1200 seat performing arts center for area events as well as high school functions.

The festival begins on Friday July 30th and goes until Sunday August 21st with performers from all around the world. John Taylor Ward previewed some of the performance including the Saturday July 31st performance of American Routes. It's described as:
In another grand opening event for Brainerd’s new world-class concert hall, the Lakes Area Music Festival celebrates the American spirit. Mason Bates’ kaleidoscopic orchestral fanfare is followed by Jessie Montgomery’s rhapsody of patriotic anthems, including the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing;’ Peruvian-American composer Jimmy López completes this trilogy of contemporary voices with a musical fiesta! Complementing these works by great younger composers is Antonín Dvořák’s venerable “New World” Symphony, including the soulful Largo, ‘Going Home’.

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