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Aug 17–26: Festival of the Lakes! – Concerts

Concert dates are:
Thursday, August 17 • 7pm
Sunday, August 20 • 7pm
Saturday, August 26 • 6pm

All concerts are at the Alexandria United Methodist Church, 2210 6th Avenue East.

We have enjoyed four terrific concerts already, but three remain and we hope you’ll be there to enjoy it with us! The Thursday concert will feature Flute, Oboe, and Harpsichord along with the wonderful string players and soprano, Maria Jette! The Sunday concert is a unique opportunity to hear Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” This was written and performed for the first time in a concentration camp during WW II and is a very beautiful and profoundly moving piece. It will be performed without intermission and will be preceded by a brief explanation about the music given by the four musicians performing it. Tickets are available in advance at Cherry Street Books or can be purchased at the door. ($15 each for adults and free for students)

The Grand Finale of this 25th Anniversary Season will begin at 6:00pm on Sunday August 26th. Freshly baked brick oven pizza will be offered during the first intermission and at the second intermission you will be able to sample gourmet chocolates from Mr. B chocolates of Willmar. With refreshments like that and over three hours of fabulous music, who would want to miss this? Please stop at Cherry Street Books in advance to pick up your tickets for just $20 each. Tickets will also be sold at the door prior to the concert. Students are free, as always. Please look up more details about the concerts and performers at

The Festival is grateful to be the recipient of several grants this year from the Lake Region Arts Council. Generous donations from local businesses and individuals also help to support this great event.

In order to provide extra funds needed this year, the Society is sponsoring a quilt raffle.The quilt pictured here (on display now at the bookstore) will be given away at the final concert on August 26th. Raffle tickets are on sale now at Cherry Street Books for $5 each and will also be sold at each concert event in August. The quilt is approximately 4’ x 6’ in size; it was created by Kathleen Pohlig and machine quilted in a music theme by Dawn Gieseke. (Click on the image for a larger view.)

Music is the language of the soul. Let the music refresh you; you’ll be blown away!

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