Dates have been finalized for our 11th Season!
June 29 - July 20, 2014
The Northern Lights Music Festival would like to thank our patrons, guest artists, faculty and students for making our 10th Anniversary Season a resounding success.
This year's anniversary festival, which ran from June 29 through July 21, featured 20 performances in six different Range cities plus Duluth. An expanded orchestral schedule included a performance of St. Saens' Carnival of the Animals with Thomas Rukivina as the special guest narrator; two concerts featuring winners of the NLMF Concerto competition, one in Aurora and one in Chisholm; and the annual Festive Fourth! Concert which featured founding artistic director and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic as piano soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
The highlight of this year's festival was the Northern Lights Festival Opera production of Puccini's romantic opera La Boheme. A stellar cast, starring Scott Quinn as Rodolfo and Meghan Lindsay as Mimi, was led by Maestro Gavriel Heine of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre; and by the American stage director, Bill Fabris. The new production was designed by Phillip Graneto, with costumes from Seattle Opera. Regional singers and children supported the cast as members of the chorus in Act 2.
Our community outreach continued this year with Kids for Kids concerts at the Aurora and Gilbert Public Libraries and a special performance for Mesabi Elementary Students. Noted lecturer and musicologist Maya Pritsker returned with a series of free pre-performance lectures on Verdi and La Boheme. She also took these talks into the community appearing at various nursing homes in the area.
This year's outstanding faculty featured artists from the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Eastman School, the University of Maryland College Park, Rowan University, as well as members of the Minnesota Orchestra.
The 10th Anniversary Festival was funded by the generous contributions of numerous governmental agencies, corporations and private donors, including the Minnesota State Arts Board/Legacy Fund, which has provided funding to tour the opera and orchestra; the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council which has provided the funding to build the opera set; and gifts from AT&T Foundation, Deutschebank, Pepsico Foundation, Minnesota Power Foundation, Wells Fargo, MorganStanley, Cliffs Foundation, Gilbert Bank, Northern State Bank, Twin Metals and the Aurora Aluminum Can Fund.
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