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About Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative
About Lakes Area Music Festival
The Lakes Area Music Festival (LAMF) was established by co-founding Artistic & Executive Director Scott Lykins when he returned to his hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota with four colleagues from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York). In an effort to create an outlet for their musical gifts, these musicians put on six free concerts, and enlisted members of the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras to participate. Each concert drew successively larger audiences, which encouraged the series organizers to continue the event annually. Based on the community’s demonstrated an interest in and desire for musical enrichment, the festival programming has expanded year to year offering a packed three-week calendar of musical activities for a wide and diversifying audience.
Each season performances range from chamber music to symphonic orchestra to opera and ballet, performed by an all-star roster of over 180 artists from top orchestras and opera companies worldwide.