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JULY 1 - 21, 2016

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 young artists.

Northern Lights is please to announce its opera productions for the 2016 season will be Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Madama Butterfly  



World-Renowned Violinist Returns

Renowned violinist and pedagogue Mikhail Kopelman returns to Northern Lights in 2016 as both performer and string faculty member.

Mr. Kopelman was first violin of the celebrated Borodin Quartet for over two decades and later was first violin of the Tokyo String Quartet.  

Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music, he has made numerous recordings for EMI, Virgin Classics, Teldec and Philips. 

Joining Mr. Kopelman on the string faculty are Céline Leathead of the Minnesota Orchestra, Igor Petrushevski, Professor of Violin at the Richard Wagner Konservatorium, Vienna, Austria and Timothy Schwarz Assistant Professor and Head of Strings at Rowan University.

Mikhail Kopleman

Northern Lights was featured by Musical America as one of their "Ten Off-the-Beaten-Paths Festivals of 2015."

Click read the online version of their 20015 Summer Festival Guide.

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


  Our young artists program provides private lessons, chamber music coachings and masterclasses with an international faculty, as well as numerous performance opportunities throughout the festival.   Young Artist

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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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