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Events

Fri
19
Jul
7:00PM

Voices Without Borders Presents: 23rd Annual Children of the World in Harmony Festival Gala Concert

Voices Without Borders presents a variety of talented youth from around the world.
Sat
20
Jul
8:00PM

Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel

This event is SOLD OUT. Due to overwhelming excitment for this event, the wait list is also closed. If you have tickets to this event and cannot attend let us know!
Tue
23
Jul
8:00PM

Jazz From Interlochen

An evening of jazz performed by talented musicians and Interlochen's own faculty members.
Thu
25
Jul
7:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

The intergalactic adventure continues in the fifth installment of the Star Wars franchise, offering an exciting, and sinister, new interstellar chapter.
Sun
28
Jul
4:00PM

Grand Rapids Symphony

West Michigan's largest arts organization graces the Center's stage for a powerful and dynamic classical concert.
Tue
30
Jul
8:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Sing-along Bohemian Rhapsody

In a groundbreaking new biographical film, Bohemian Rhapsody is a commemoration of Queen – their music, and the life of legendary lead singer Freddy Mercury.
Wed
31
Jul
8:00PM

Great Lakes Music Festival

An evening celebrating music rooted in the Great Lakes region, featuring The Crane Wives and Michigan Rattlers!
Fri
2
Aug
8:00PM

Michigan Colleges Alliance Presents: Mitch Albom & Special Friends

Mitch Albom is a renowned author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and TV broadcaster, and philanthropist.
Sun
4
Aug
4:00PM

Community Day featuring the United States Coast Guard Band

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT but the wait list is open! Click the button to the right to add your name.
Tue
6
Aug
7:30PM

Bay View Music Festival Presents: The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute, Mozart’s fantasy opera, is a timeless classic and entertaining for the whole family.
Wed
7
Aug
7:30PM

Bay View Music Festival Presents: The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute, Mozart’s fantasy opera, is a timeless classic and entertaining for the whole family.
Sat
10
Aug
8:00PM

Fellowship for Performing Arts Presents: C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

C.S. Lewis' tale of one man's extraordinary journey from a hard-boiled atheist to "the most reluctant convert in all England."
Thu
15
Aug
8:00PM

Great Lakes Leadership Forum

This year’s inspiring leaders of the Great Lakes Leadership Forum discuss their fields and paths to success, and answer your burning questions.
Sat
17
Aug
6:00PM

Bluegrass Barbeque Buffet

Enjoy mouth-watering Southern-style 'que made in the traditional way from award-winning restaurant, Full Moon BBQ in Alabama, before the Del McCoury Band concert.
Sat
17
Aug
8:00PM

The Del McCoury Band

Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band, The Del McCoury Band brings the sound of the South to Northern Michigan.
Wed
21
Aug
8:00PM

Yesong Sophie Lee in Recital, Violin

15-year old Violinist virtuoso, Yesong Sophie Lee, is mezmorizing audiences around the world.
Sat
24
Aug
8:00PM

The Joffrey Ballet: Beautifully Moving

Chicago's famous ballet expresses a unique perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire.
Sat
31
Aug
8:00PM

McArdle & McKechnie Celebrate Sondheim & Hamlisch

Broadway legends Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie join forces to pay tribute to two songwriting giants, Sondheim and Hamlisch.
Sun
1
Sep
8:00PM

McArdle & McKechnie Celebrate Sondheim & Hamlisch

Broadway legends Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie join forces to pay tribute to two songwriting giants, Sondheim and Hamlisch.
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New arts venues like the Great Lakes Center for the Arts allow everyone to see the beautiful, diverse quilt of performers who have made the American arts world so strong.
JUDITH JAMISONFormer DirectorAlvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and a Kennedy Center nominee
Leadership Team
Michael M. Kaiser

Michael M. Kaiser

Founding Artistic Director

Mr. Kaiser was President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. from January 2001 through August 2014. During his tenure, he expanded educational and artistic programming for the United States’ center for the performing arts, oversaw a major renovation effort of the Center’s theaters, and led the nation in arts management training. In 2001, Mr. Kaiser created the Kennedy Center Arts Management Institute, renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts Management in May 2010. In honor of his accomplishments, the Board of the Kennedy Center named him President Emeritus in 2014.

Jill O'Neill
Jill O'Neill
Executive Director
Matt Wawro
Matt Wawro
Development Director

News & Notes

Mark your calendars for special events July 2018 celebrating Grand Opening!

Celebrations surrounding the Grand Opening of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in July 2018 will span several days and include world-class performances and fun, family activities in recognition of this historic occasion in Northern Michigan. From a Founding Circle donor dinner on stage, to the incredible music of the distinguished Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and culminating with a Community Open House on July 8, 2018.

Seat Campaign: Please join our family of supporters

Sit back, relax and enjoy world-class performances and programs. Be entertained by the finest in music, dance, and theater, experience new horizons as you are educated by stimulating intellectual dialogue, and enjoy exceptional year-round performances! Name a seat for yourself, and honor a loved one — your spouse, a child, grandchild, parent. Recognize the contributions of a business associate or that special teacher who inspired you or your child to reach their dreams.

Come “Celebrate the Journey!” with Us
Re-live classic rock ‘n’ roll with Northern Michigan’s favorite tribute band, The Journey Tribute, on September 2nd at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. In case you thought rock shows were for Only The Young, think again. Hailing from Traverse City, the group is composed of five men, with incredib… READ MORE

Generous supporters bring the dream to life

As an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our supporters. We invite you to consider joining the family of dream makers who believe in the power of the arts!

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