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Discover Great Music on the
Mesabi Iron Range!

June 28 - July 19, 2015

One of Minnesota’s largest music festivals, the Northern Lights Music Festival offers lovers of classical music three weeks of opera, solo recitals, chamber and orchestra concerts presented by an international roster of guest artists, performing faculty and prize-winning student performers.

Merry Widow

Artistic Director Veda Zuponcic has announced Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow as the Northern Lights 2015 season main stage production.

Lehar's comic operetta concerns a rich widow and her fellow countrymen's efforts to keep her wealth in their principality by finding her the right husband.

Lehar's ravishing score includes the "Vilja Song", "You'll Find Me at Maxim's" and the "Merry Widow Waltz".

Gavriel Heine of the Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg will be returning as Music Director.


NEWS!  Maestro Heine to conduct Mariinsky Ballet in New York and at the Kennedy Center!
Gavriel Heine Northern Lights Festival Opera Music Director Gavriel Heine will be touring the East Coast with the Mariinsky Ballet this month. January 21-23 he will conduct three performances of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Maestro Heine will then conduct seven performances of a Rite of Spring/ Fokine/Paquita triple-bill at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. January 27 through February 1.

Our 2014 festival included a full-length production of Bizet's Carmen, as well as a revival of Benjamin Britten's church opera Noyes Fludde.


Historic venue Visit some of the most beautiful historic sites on the Iron Range as you experience live classical music.


Prize-winning international students, ages 9 through collegiate are among the stars at Northern Lights, performing numerous times in chamber music, solo and ensemble repertoire. Experience music from Bach to Bartok, with Gershwin and ColdPlay added for good measure!   Students


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Osaka International Music Competition to hold semi-finals at Northern Lights Festival.


NLMF Alumni in Finals of Major Competitions!

Hans-Derek Yu (NLMF '12-14) and Amanda Liu (NLMF '07-14) have become finalists in two prestigious piano competitions.

Hans is a finalist in the 2015 Philadelphia Orchestra/Albert Greenfield Competition and Amanda has advanced to the final round of the ASU Bosendorfer/Yamaha Competition. Both are students of Northern Lights Artistic Director Veda Zuponcic.



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