About The Festival
The Northern Lights Music Festival is a three week classical music performance program and music school which is held each summer on the Minnesota Iron Range.
Founded 20 years ago by concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic, Northern Lights brings together award-winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coachings, masterclasses and numerous performance opportunities.
With the addition nine years ago of the Northern Lights Festival Opera, the festival now includes fully staged professional operas featuring international opera stars and a roster of rising young performers.
Northern Lights is fortunate to have access to an array of historic performance venues for its concerts and operas.
By performing in these unique venues, Northern Lights is not only able to bring the highest level of classical music to Iron Range communities but to celebrate and showcase the architectural gems found in Northeastern Minnesota.
Over the years our venues have included; Mesabi East School and Holy Rosary RC Church in Aurora, Chisholm High School Auditorium, Washington Auditorium in Ely, the Copper Top Church In Duluth, B’Nai Abraham Synagogue in Virginia, the Reif Center in Grand Rapids and Hibbing High School.
Many of the historic libraries on the Iron Range host programs by our younger participants.
In 2020, Northern Lights acquired B’Nai Abraham from the Friends of B’Nai Abraham. With a dedicated performance space, Northern Lights was able to present a series of socially-distanced concerts and recitals during the 2020 season. For more information on the Friends of B’Nai Abraham and the B’nai Abraham Cultural and Heritage Center.
Veda Zuponcic Auditorium, Mesabi East, Aurora
Copper Top Church, Duluth
Historic Hibbing Auditorium, Hibbing
Buhl Public Library, Buhl