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JULY 2 - 23, 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  


Yosif Feigelson

Acclaimed Cellist Joins NLMF

Northern Lights is pleased to announce the addition of Latvian-born cellist Yosif Feigelson to its performing artist faculty.

A student of the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich at the Moscow Conservatory, he was a prizewinner at both the Tchaikovky and J.S. Bach Competitions and a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Read More about Mr. Feigelson, as well as all of our 2016 Artist Faculty.


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. 


Mikhail Kopleman

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

Click to read the online version of their 2015 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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Northern Lights is happy to announce that Matthew Williams will be returning to another season as part of our string faculty.





We are still accepting application for our 2016 Young Artists Program.




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