Classical Music Inspires on the Iron Range

By Erica Wacker

ViolinEvery summer, the sounds of opera singers, piano concertos and orchestra music fill venues throughout the Iron Range and Duluth as part of the Northern Lights Music Festival. In its 11th year, the three-week celebration (July 1-20) stars professional musicians, award-winning youth and collegiate performers from around the country, as well as kids from the surrounding communities.

The centerpiece of the festival is the opera, which will be “Carmen” this year. There’s also a children’s opera, “Noye’s Fludde,” performed at area churches. Chamber music concerts by students and faculty of the festival’s accompanying music school round out the schedule of nearly 20 performances.

Historic and picturesque buildings provide the backdrop for the festival, with venues including Mesabi East High School in Aurora and B’Nai Abraham Synagogue in Virginia, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tickets range from free to $25.