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Lakes Area Music Festival’s 14th season kicks off July 30-31 in Brainerd

The orchestral concert will include an orchestral classic and the world premiere of a new work.

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Jimmy López-Bellido, composer of "Pago a la Tierra."
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BRAINERD — The Lakes Area Music Festival opens its 14th annual season at 7:30 p.m. July 30 and 2 p.m. July 31 with “Tribute to the Earth” in the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts in Brainerd.

The orchestral concert, led my music director Christian Reif, includes Jean Sibelius’ masterful Second Symphony and the world premiere of a new work by Peruvian-American composer Jimmy López-Bellido.

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López-Bellido’s “Pago a la Tierra” (tribute to the earth) is based on an ancient Andean ritual of thanksgiving for nature’s bounty, and it serves as a fitting commemoration of the music and culture to come to this year’s festival.

“The Lakes Music Festival has always been committed to masterworks of the past – people like Mozart, Beethoven and others,” festival artistic director John Taylor Ward said in a news release. “And now we have the opportunity to put a classic like Sibelius alongside a work that points to the future of our art form, performed for the very first time locally.”

More information is available at lakesareamusic.org. Tickets can be purchased on a name-your-price sliding scale to ensure universal access to world-class performances via the festival’s website or by calling 218-831-0765. General inquiries can be made at 218-275-5263.

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