Lakes Area Music Festival presents ‘The Glass Salon’ – Brainerd Dispatch


BRAINERD – The Lake District Music Festival ends its winter series with “The Glass Salon” recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the Gichi-ziibi Arts Center in Brainerd.

The concert will feature Dallas Symphony harpist Emily Levin, with guests from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Artaria String Quartet. There is no fixed admission fee to attend, but tickets must be reserved in advance through the organization’s website.

“If you’ve ever wondered why the harp is so often misunderstood as a ‘feminine’ instrument, this is one concert you won’t want to miss!” Levin said in a press release.

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Levin is the principal harpist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His playing has been praised by The Jerusalem Post for its “communicative and emotionally intense expression”. Levin places the harp at the forefront of a diverse musical spectrum to connect with audiences.

“Join me as I explore the national roots of this ancient instrument and the groundbreaking ways in which women harpists and composers have revolutionized the harp’s place in the musical world,” said Levin, who curated “The Glass Salon.”

Levin has also performed as guest principal harp with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Houston Symphony, and performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic.

As a soloist, she has performed across North America and Europe, performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Rugen, Germany. .

She appeared as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Other concerto performances include the Jerusalem, Colorado, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras; the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; the Lake District Music Festival; and the Indiana University Festival Orchestra.

For her debut album, “Something Borrowed”, the Classical Recording Foundation named her “Young Artist of the Year” 2017.

Levin is a winner of the two most prestigious harp competitions: the 2013 United States International Harp Competition, where she won the bronze medal, and the 2009 International Harp Competition in Israel, where at age 18 she was finalist and recipient of the Renie Prize. .

She is the 2016 winner of the Astral Artists National Auditions. She was named Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp at Southern Methodist University in 2019 and is also on the faculty of Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.

She received her Masters in Music in 2015 from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nancy Allen and completed undergraduate degrees in Music and History at Indiana University with Susann McDonald.

Violinist Julia Choi and cellist Patricia Ryan will join Levin for “The Glass Salon” recital Friday at Brainerd.

Praised by The Classical Source for her “delightful idiosyncrasy” and “sweeping narrative and engaging performances”, Choi joined the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2019.

Photo by Julia Choi
Julia Choi

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Prior to her appointment, she performed as an extra with the Philadelphia and Metropolitan Opera orchestras, and also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Philharmonic, and Montclair orchestras; and the Atlanta, Detroit, New Jersey and San Diego symphonies.

Throughout her career, she has worked in various orchestras with world-renowned conductors and has also won first prizes in several competitions, including the LISMA International, Caprio Young Artist and New York competitions.

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School as well as a Professional Diploma in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, under the tutelage of Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Sally Thomas and Sylvia Rosenberg.

Ryan is the cellist of the St. Paul-based Artaria String Quartet and a teacher at Artaria Chamber Music School and Stringwood Summer Music Camp. She is also a core member of the Houston-based conductorless ensemble KINETIC and a member of the Twin Cities-based Delphia Cello Quartet.

She has performed with some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians, including pianist Emanuel Ax, the Pacifica String Quartet, violinist Geoff Nuttall, violist John Largess, Peter Slowik, and cellists Norman Fischer, David Geber and Jean-Michel Fonteneau.

Ryan earned a second Master of Music from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music and Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from Thornton School of Music in San Francisco. the University of Southern California.

Portrait of Patricia Ryan
Patricia Ryan

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Ryan is the host of the “Haydn Behind the Music Stand” podcast, where she interviews classical musicians about their careers and inspirations outside of the field.

“The Glass Salon” concert is the latest in a series of nine concerts presented live at the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts beginning last October, featuring favorite artists from the Lakes Area Music Festival and guest soloists. internationally famous.

This program will also be presented Thursday at the Woman’s Club in Minneapolis where the Lakes Area Music Festival serves as artists in residence.

Tickets for “The Glass Salon” show can be reserved online on the LAMF website with nominal admission (suggested donation of $20). For help booking tickets or for more information, call 218-831-0765 or visit


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