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We’re going to do our best…

To bring you great music and art in this difficult time,
Keeping you, and our artists, healthy and productive,
Helping to Keep the Iron Range economy moving, and to
Advance the cause of live music in the New Reality of the Arts in 2020 by
Being a Leader in the new technology and the new processes related to instrumental and vocal performance.

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 Join us as we celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven with performances of his works throughout the festival including a series of three all Beethoven chamber concerts at B’Nai Abraham.


Our cornerstone will be the B’nai Abraham Cultural Center, Virginia MN.

July 6 to July 24: An endless smorgasbord of Mini-Bites….short, 30 minute recitals, paired with an art exhibit of paintings by Albin Zaverl. Performances of Faculty and Young Artists in air-conditioned BA, with many mixed programs, and a series of Beethoven works in honor of his 250th Birthday.

We can only admit 25 persons to B’nai Abraham for each event, based on the Social Distancing audience size determined by the Governor of the State of Minnesota.

As the dates and times are announced, we will reach out to our donors and past subscribers for choice of dates. We intend to schedule three recitals per day, at 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m, allowing us to sanitize the space between events.

Supporting the Celebration of the Fourth of July with two Outdoor Concerts

Aurora: Festive Fourth at 4:00–a Program of Gershwin and Opera Arias. Drive up to this Concert and enjoy!

Discovery Center Ampitheatre, Chisholm: 3:00 p,m on July 5: A repeat of the Gershwin program, with socially distanced seating. Maximum number of listeners will be 200.

Puccini’s Opera, Tosca: July 17 and 19

A superb cast and a brilliant director and conductor will bring you this semi-staged opera, with the orchestra at the back of the stage, distanced with plexiglass dividers between players; and a special effort to distance the stars of the opera while still telling the compelling story of Tosca.

Chorus segments will have been pre-recorded to minimize aerosols, a feat of sound engineering that will be repeated by other companies in the future. Maximum live audience will be 200 persons, socially distanced.

Tosca will be live-streamed for a $10 charge.

Giancarlo Menotti’s, The Medium: July 26 and 28

Commissioned by Columbia University, The Medium premiered in 1946 and moved to Broadway in 1947 and then aired live on TV in  1948.  This will be a joint project between the great Metropolitan Opera Diva Barbara Dever, and the talents of the Opera Apprentice Program. Conducted by Maestro Gavriel Heine and Director Dean Anthony.

July 4 – July 24, 2020

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 Young Artists Program provides private lessons, chamber music coachings and multiple performance opportunities to young pianists and string players.


Our opera apprentice program gives young singers the opportunity to train with world class vocal coaches and to perform both in our opera and in selected scene performaces.


The Northern Lights Festival Opera is the dazzling centerpiece of our season. Featuring internationally renowned singers with performances in three Range cities. 

The festival is funded by the generous contributions of numerous governmental agencies,corporations and private donors, including the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and gifts from Explore Minnesota Tourism, IBM and Minnesota Power Foundation.

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Operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culturalheritage fund.