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Festival To Recall Its Greatest Hits

The Lakes Area Music Festival will continue to celebrate its fifth season with a program of “Serenades” featuring familiar melodies at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The concert is free.

The concert will open with Mozart’s “Serenade for Winds,” in which “four cheerful outer movements frame the inner Adagio, the beating operatic heart of the piece,” according to program notes by Emily Hogstad.

The next selection will be Rossini’s sprightly “Duo for Cello and Double Bass,” in which “the instruments become characters in their own miniature opera,” according to Hogstad. Rossini was most famous as an opera composer; in fact, his opera “Cinderella” will be performed later in the festival.

The concluding work will be Dvorak’s “Serenade for Wind Instruments.” Hogstad said, “Dvorak’s interest in folk music is evident throughout the serenade, but especially in the second Minuetto movement, which features the infectious rhythms of Czech folk dances.”

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