JULY 2 – JULY 23, 2017

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


Northern Lights is pleased to present a FREE concert at the newly renovated Eveleth City Auditorium on Sunday, July 9.

Northern Lights will be holding a Fundraiser at the New Events Center at Giants Ridge on June 30, starting at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $65 per person.

Musical Director Gavriel Heine returns to Northern Lights after another successful season at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Famed Russian bass Maxim Mikhailov returns to Northern Lights as performer, teacher and director of this year’s opera. Audiences will remember him for his stagings of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci.

Northern Lights’  performance venues allow audiences the experience of listening to live classical music in some of the Minnesota Iron Range’s most beautiful and historic sites.

Musicologist Maya Pritsker returns to Northern Lights for a series of talks about Russia, Pushkin and our 2017 opera, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

An art exhibit featuring Iron Country, photographs by Vance Gellert, will open in the Lobby of Mesabi East’s Veda Zuponcic Auditorium on July 2, at 3:00 pm.

The Northern Lights Concerto Competition is one of the highlights of the Festival with winners given the chance to perform with the NLMF Orchestra.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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