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Emberlight Festival aims to make Ironwood a 'hub for opera'


July 13, 2021

Zachary Marano/Daily Globe

Emberlight Festival artistic director Miles Mykkanen pantomimes to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Miners Memorial Heritage Park on Saturday. Mykkanen played recordings of classical music and provided commentary to listeners as part of the first Performance Infusion event of the festival.

By Zachary Marano

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IRONWOOD - Longtime opera fans and new listeners alike gathered in Miners Memorial Heritage Park on Saturday to hear a selection of recordings curated by tenor Miles Mykkanen. Mykkanen, who is also artistic director of the Emberlight Festival, provided commentary and context on 18th- and 19th-century compositions by Mozart and Beethoven.

During the event, Mykkanen announced his plans to "make Ironwood a little hub for opera, and it starts today."

Mykkanen argued that the classical canon should be part of the school curriculum. Mykkanen said the w...

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