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

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 work...