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Registration open for children's workshop

Audiences of all ages will find numerous opportunities to experience music and the arts through programs that are part of the Lakes Area Music Festival's ninth annual season, running July 30-Aug. 20.

Audiences of all ages will find numerous opportunities to experience music and the arts through programs that are part of the Lakes Area Music Festival's ninth annual season, running July 30-Aug. 20.

Registration is open for Explore Music! - the festival's annual weeklong day camp for students entering grades 1-5. In its sixth year, the program will take place from 9 a.m. to noon July 31-Aug. 4, at the Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd.

Each day will be full of activities learning about music and the arts through numerous creative outlets, including movement, dance, singing and playing instruments - all while exercising creative muscles through guided improvisation. Last year's camp sold out, so early registration is encouraged.

Alexander Peña, a classical musician and teaching artist from the Eastman Community School in Rochester, New York, along with his team of teachers from New York will lead this musical exploration.

At the end of the camp, student participants will have a chance to share what they have discovered by participating in a performance preceding the Lakes Area Music Festival's family concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. This concert, titled Latin Rhythms, is designed to entertain audiences of all ages and will feature conductor Marlene Pauley leading an orchestra of world-class artists in music by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Latin American composers Arturo Marquez, Alberto Ginastera and Astor Piazzolla.

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Like all festival concerts, this family concert is presented free of charge ensuring complete access to any person or family interested in attending.

Explore Music! is co-sponsored with Brainerd Community Education, with support from the Five Wings Arts Council and the Twin Cities Opera Guild. To register, visit the LAMF website, lakesareamusic.org/explore, or sign up through Brainerd Community Education.

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