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Experience World Class Music at the Iowa Great Lakes Music Festival on July 9
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Experience World Class Music at the Iowa Great Lakes Music Festival on July 9

The Great Lakes area in Northwestern Iowa is known for its boating and other water sports, and now it has its own music festival too! Mark your calendars for July 9, 2017, to experience a world class concert hosted by the Iowa Great Lakes Music Festival.

Currently in its third year, the festival was founded by Thomas Fortner, who grew up in Texas but took yearly trips to visit relatives in the Lake Okoboji area. Thomas is a talented cello musician and a conductor who has performed and directed all over the world, and because of his love for the area, he decided to partner with the Arts at St. Joseph at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford to fulfill the mission of providing "music education, community outreach, and world class performance for the Iowa Great Lakes area."

This video explains the festival's origins:

The 2017 Festival concert features Trio Jinx, which consists of violin and viola player Ledah Finck, flutist Louna Dekker-Vargas, and double bassist Yoshiaki Horiguchi, who all call Baltimore their musical and artistic home. The trio will be joined by founder Thomas Fortner on cello. Their style ranges from folk to classical, and they perform their own arrangements of music from Bartok to Brazil.

Here is an example of Trio Jinx's energetic musical style:

The concert will be held Sunday, July 9 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1305 Okoboji Avenue, Milford, Iowa 51351. For more information, email Thomas Fortner at

Cover image of Trio Jinx from the Iowa Great Lakes music festival website.

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