Tickets are on sale for June 28 "Summer Solstice at St. Mathias," an annual fundraising event, staged by the Lakes Area Music Festival at the Farm at St. Mathias.

Proceeds from the event will support the year-round youth education programs of the music festival. The event includes a gourmet dinner, entertainment by opera superstars, auctions, raffles and opportunities to donate.

Entertainment will be provided by internationally performing opera singers returning to

the Lakes Area Music Festival to include soprano Karen Barraza; tenor Mackenzie Whitney; and festival director and baritone John Taylor Ward. Making her lakes area debut will be mezzo-soprano Kara Morgan. The quartet will perform popular arias and ensembles from operas by Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, as well as a sample from Offenbach's hilarious operetta La belle Hélène, to be featured at this year's August festival, a news release stated.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and music beginning at 7 p.m. A silent auction featuring opportunities to socialize with professional musicians will be open throughout the event. Tickets are $85 for individual, general-admission tickets or $75 if purchased by Monday, June 17. A reserved table of eight is $600. Purchase tickets by going to www.lakesareamusic.org/events/summer-solstice.

The Lakes Area Music Festival hosts various youth education programs throughout the year. The Explore Music day camp runs July 29 through Aug. 2, with registration through Brainerd Community Education. Sixty elementary age students will enjoy daily activities in the creative arts, including learning about, improvising and performing music.

During the school year, the Music Mentors Project sponsors day-long residencies in area public schools by musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra and Opera. Through this program more than 2,500 central Minnesota students receive classroom performances, ensemble coaching and private instruction each school year.

All proceeds raised at this event will support continued expansion of the Music Mentors

Project to more students and schools throughout the upcoming school year.

Summer Solstice kicks off the summer events of the music festival, with a July Prelude Series and festival season running Aug. 2-25. Each summer, the festival brings more than 180 all-star artists from top orchestras and opera companies around the world to perform three weeks of classical music performances in the Brainerd lakes area. From chamber music and symphonic orchestra, to productions of opera and ballet that draw thousands of attendees each year, Lakes Area Music Festival has become one of the most significant summertime destinations for classical music in the Midwest, a news release stated.

For more information about the festival, visit lakesareamusic.org.