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Events

Sun
20
Oct
2:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Beetlejuice

This free halloween cinema offering is a comedy horror classic about a ghostly couple who hire a malicious spirit to scare unwanted guests from their home.
Fri
25
Oct
7:30PM

Blissfest Presents: An Evening with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary)

Legendary singer and songwriter Peter Yarrow merges his talent as a performer and community activist in a dynamic concert celebrating the caring nature of humanity.
Sat
26
Oct
9:00AM

In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy

The study of one of the most scrutinized events in national fire service history and how tragedy can inspire change.
Sun
27
Oct
7:00PM

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Angels and Demons

An eerie-themed concert by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra with music from Ravel, Schubert, Caplet.
Sat
23
Nov
3:00PM

Northern Michigan Chorale Presents: Sing Joy!

The Northern Michigan Chorale returns to the Center for its third concert series, "SING JOY!"
Sat
23
Nov
7:30PM

Northern Michigan Chorale Presents: Sing Joy!

The Northern Michigan Chorale returns to the Center for its third concert series, "SING JOY!"
Sun
24
Nov
3:00PM

Northern Michigan Chorale Presents: Sing Joy!

The Northern Michigan Chorale returns to the Center for its third concert series, "SING JOY!"
Sat
14
Dec
3:00PM

Crooked Tree Arts Center Presents: The Nutcracker

Enchant your holiday season with Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet's presentation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
Sat
14
Dec
7:00PM

Crooked Tree Arts Center Presents: The Nutcracker

Enchant your holiday season with Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet's presentation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
Sun
15
Dec
3:00PM

Crooked Tree Arts Center Presents: The Nutcracker

Enchant your holiday season with Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet's presentation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
Fri
20
Dec
7:00PM

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Messiah

This annual performance of Handel's Messiah includes Parts I, II, and III of the beloved work.
Sat
21
Dec
7:30PM

Naturally 7

World-renowned a-cappella ensemble Naturally 7 summons up soul, rap, rock and folk in one harmonious balance, and brings their unbelievable talent to Center stage.
Fri
27
Dec
7:30PM

Rock Baby Rock!

In an unforgettable live concert, Lance Lipinsky and "the Lovers" deliver an explosive performance showcasing the 1950s and 60s in their original music.
Sat
28
Dec
3:00PM

Sing-Along Sound of Music

Witness the classic Julie Andrews’ musical film in glorious, full-screen Technicolor, filled with props, costumes, and the chance to win amazing prizes!
Fri
3
Jan
7:30PM

An Evening with Jake Allen

Jake Allen, alternative artist and Northern Michigan native, performs songs from his upcoming record along with favorites from his vast discography.
Sat
18
Jan
7:30PM

Broadway's Next Hit Musical

In an evening of plot twists galore, master improvisers gather hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter.
Sat
8
Feb
7:00PM

Voices Without Borders Presents: A Time to Shine

Voices Without Borders presents the 2nd Annual A Time to Shine, a celebration of entertainers of all ages, and Northern Michigan's most amazing stars!
Sat
15
Feb
7:30PM

Choir of Man

Choir of Man combines rock, broadway, pub tunes, stomp, folk, and pop into one high-energy concert known across the globe as the "utlimate feel-good show."
Fri
28
Feb
7:30PM

Interlochen Ballet Sleeping Beauty

Accompanied by Tchaikovsky's beloved score, join the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company as they present the classic story of The Sleeping Beauty.
Sun
15
Mar
4:00PM

Canadian Brass

With a reputation as one of the most popular brass ensembles in the world, Canadian Brass performs with dedication, skill, and excellence in a hallmark band concert.
Sat
25
Apr
7:00PM

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Take to the Sky

Take flight with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra during a rendition of exquisite music inspired by birds.
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The Great Lakes Center for the Arts is an amazing opportunity for our region. It will continue to create the type of place that people where people want to live, work and play.
ANDY HAYESPresidentNorthern Lakes Economic Alliance
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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