World-Class Music Coming to the Iron Range

Posted at: 05/22/2013 8:54 AM
Updated at: 05/22/2013 8:58 AM
By: Scott Doane

Looking for a night out at the opera? Or want to hear the sounds of a symphony? Head up to the Iron Range this summer for the annual Northern Lights Music Festival.

The festival's musical director Gavriel Heine and artistic director Veda Zuponcic stopped by Good Morning Northland Wednesday to talk about this year's festival. It begins July 1 and runs through July 20th.

Heine said the highlight this year is three performances of Puccini's "La Boheme," which Heine will conduct. Heine now lives in Europe and he said that it's very special for him to perform in the Northern Lights Music Festival. He said grew up coming to northern Minnesota every summer.

Zuponcic is also a native of the Iron Range, Aurora to be exact. The festival began as a learning experience for music students, she said. Now it is a large festival with performances in six different Range cities.

The opening night gala concert begins at 7 p.m. on July 1 at the Mesabi East Auditorium in Aurora.

Different performances take place nearly every day across the Iron Range. The performances of "La Boheme" happen on July 12, 14 and 15.

The July 12 performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Mesabi East Auditorium. The opera on the 14th will be at the Chisholm High School starting at 4 p.m. The July 15 is in Ely at the Washington Auditorium.

For a full schedule and more details on this year's performers, visit www.northernlightsmusic.org