Lakes Area Music Festival to present Seasons of Change

Performers include Garrett McQueen and Heather Zinninger

Heather Zinninger (March 2021). Submitted Photo

On Saturday, April 3, the Lakes Area Music Festival will present the fourth and final concert of its digital winter series, Seasons of Change.

Conceived by guest curator Garrett McQueen, this chamber music recital will premiere at 7 p.m. on the Lakes Area Music Festival’s website at and Facebook page at

The program will feature “seasonal” compositions written by men of the past and women of today. In a proverbial winter-turns spring, Jennifer Higdon’s Autumn Music will open the program, followed by Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Josephine (Baker) and Franz Danzi’s Quintet No. 2. Samuel Barber’s Summer Music will bring the program to a close.

Two ensembles will perform on the program, including Lakes Area Music Festival musicians and colleagues in their respective orchestras: the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.

From the Milwaukee Symphony: Heather Zinninger Yarmel, flute; Katherine Steele, oboe; Benjamin Adler, clarinet; Catherine Chen, bassoon; and Darcy Hamlin, horn.


From the Atlanta Symphony: Christina Smith, flute; Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, oboe; Laura Ardan, clarinet; Andrew Brady, bassoon; and Jaclyn Rainey, horn.

McQueen is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, now based in the Twin Cities. With a background in classical bassoon performance, today he “performs” over the airwaves and on the digital stage, particularly as the executive producer and co-host of the TRILLOQUY podcast. Giving voice and offering space to music by Black and contemporary composers drives his passion for the art form, and continues to be his primary interest when it comes to advocating for “classical” music.

Prior to the concert broadcast, at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, an online Coffee Q&A hosted by artistic director Scott Lykins will be offered (via Zoom and Facebook Live), giving the audience a chance to meet McQueen and learn more about his life, careers and creativity.

For more information on this program, visit or call 218-ASK-LAMF. Accessibility is a key value of the Lakes Area Music Festival; as such, all programs are offered without charge, with donations accepted in lieu of admission fees.

Each summer, the Lakes Area Music Festival brings 200 artists from top ensembles and opera companies nationwide to central Minnesota for a season of chamber music, orchestra, opera and ballet. The 13th annual season will be held July 30-Aug. 22 in Brainerd, with details scheduled to be announced in early May.

Garrett McQueen (March 2021). Submitted Photo

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