Lakes Area Music Festival will kick off its annual summer festival with a community concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

All concerts are free. Instead, audience members are invited to contribute, as they are able.

The festival, which began in 2009, will bring more than 140 professional musicians to Lake Country, including musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Curtis Institute and more. In addition, there are several educational opportunities scheduled for audiences of all ages, including a week-long day camp for children, performance-based instruction for high school students, open rehearsals and pre-concert lectures.



Scott Lykins, a Brainerd High School graduate, serves as founding artistic and executive director of the Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd.

Other Lakes Area Music Festival concerts include:

Moonlight: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3

Bedtime Stories: 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7

Serenata: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 13

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 (LAMF’s fifth annual opera)

Daydreams: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17

Nightmares & Joy: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

For more information about Lakes Area Music Festival and to learn more about the musicians who will be performing this season, visit