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Discover Great Music on the
Mesabi Iron Range!

June 28 - July 20, 2015

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 student performers.


MPR's Julie Amacher will speak before the July 12 & 13 performances of The Merry Widow. For those of you who are fans of Minnesota's classical music station and its hosts, here is a little more information about Ms. Amacher

Julie Amacher


Julie Amacher's desire to introduce others to great music is what led her to radio. She began her professional broadcast career at a station in Sun Prairie, Wis.

She went from rock 'n' roll to the Rocky Mountains, where she found her niche in public radio at KUNC in Greeley, Colo. Julie spent 13 years at KUNC, where she managed the announcers and their eclectic music format. During that time, she earned four national awards for best announcer.

She joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1997 as an on-air host and also produces New Classical Tracks, a weekly podcast critiquing a new release each week. It airs locally at 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays and 5:15 p.m. Fridays.

Favorite classical music quote:
"Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you." — Gustav Holst

Jasmina_Halimic Meet the Cast of The Merry Widow!

The cast of The Merry Widow began rehearsals this past Monday at Chisholm High School. This week we will highlight each cast member.





Northern Lights is 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.


Opera Workshop NEW Vocal Workshop for 2015

Designed for the young professional, our new Vocal Workshop will provide singers with private lessons and coachings, as well as performance opportunities in our 2015 production of The Merry Widow.

In addition, all participants will appear in a special performance of scenes from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Carlisle Floyd's Susannah and Weber Der Freischütz.




    Since 2012, Northern Lights has been honored to be one of the official overseas partners to the Osaka International Music Competition.

Held yearly since 2000, the Osaka competition seeks to find young artists from around the world and to assist them in competing in an international setting.

As one of only two partners in the United States, Northern Lights conducts adjudicated semi-final auditions during the festival, with cash awards towards travel expenses to the finals in Osaka and Kobe, Japan.

During the past four years, Northern Lights audition winners have gone on to win major awards at the competition finals.


Osaka International Music Festival


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



Prize-winning international students, ages 9 through collegiate are among the stars at Northern Lights, performing numerous times in chamber music, solo and ensemble repertoire. Experience music from Bach to Bartok, with Gershwin and ColdPlay added for good measure!   Students

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Available Now!

DVDs of the NLMF Productions of Carmen, La Boheme, and Pagliacci performed at Chisholm High School.

$15 + S&H per DVD.
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Lecturer Returns

Maya Pritsker

Noted musicologist and speaker Maya Pritsker returns to Northern Lights.

Ms. Pritsker will speak on "Scriabin and his Russian Roots" one hour before the chamber concerts on July 7 & 9.

She will also give a pre-opera lecture prior to the Opening Nights of The Merry Widow.



We will begin accepting applications for our 2016 Music School
this Fall.



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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, thanksto a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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