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Events

Sun
3
Mar
4:00PM

Royal Opera House Broadcast: Queen of Spades

Tchaikovsky's most ambitious opera contains some of his greatest music and is a powerful study of destructive obsession.
Sun
10
Mar
3:00PM

Vienna Boys Choir

The Vienna Boys Choir has charmed audiences around the globe with rapturous harmonies, purity of tone, delightful repertoire and charming demeanor.
Fri
15
Mar
7:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Les Miserables

This Academy Award-winning movie musical tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption.
Fri
12
Apr
7:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Becoming Jane

This period piece recounts the start of the famous novelist's Jane Austen's career and the passionate romance that inspired her beloved works.
Sun
28
Apr
7:00PM

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Violins of Hope

The Violins of Hope are a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.
Thu
2
May
7:30PM

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council Presents: Three Tenors of Climate Change

Join us for a fascinating evening about receding glaciers, global climate modeling, and the long-term health consequences facing a warming world.
Sat
4
May
3:00PM

Northern Michigan Chorale Presents: From Broadway to the Silver Screen

The Northern Michigan Chorale returns to Center stage this spring to entertain you with favorite music from Broadway and Hollywood!
Sat
4
May
7:30PM

Northern Michigan Chorale Presents: From Broadway to the Silver Screen

The Northern Michigan Chorale returns to Center stage this spring to entertain you with favorite music from Broadway and Hollywood!
Sun
5
May
3:00PM

Northern Michigan Chorale Presents: From Broadway to the Silver Screen

The Northern Michigan Chorale returns to Center stage this spring to entertain you with favorite music from Broadway and Hollywood!
Fri
10
May
7:30PM

Voices Without Borders Presents: Franc D'Ambrosio

"Hollywood" sung by Franc D'Ambrosio, known for his impressive portrayal of the Phantom in the award-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera.
Sat
11
May
6:00PM

The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Presents: Year-End Concert

The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program (DBSP) provides lessons and classes in orchestral string instruments for children and youth programs in Northern Michigan.
Sun
19
May
3:00PM

Little Traverse Choral Society Presents: Celebrating 30 Years of Song

In recognition of their 30th anniversary, this concert will feature favorite pieces chosen from previous LTCS concerts, as well as new repertoire.
Sun
26
May
8:00PM

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Their decades-long mission has been to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music - America's original art form.
Tue
4
Jun
6:00PM

Alzheimer's Association Research Night

The Alzheimer's Association presents an informative session about the science of Alzheimer’s and the latest research developments.
Sat
8
Jun
8:00PM

An Evening With Judy Collins

For decades, award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals and boldly vulnerable songwriting.
Wed
12
Jun
8:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: The Big Lebowski

Cult-classic and beloved film, The Big Lebowski is a case of mistaken identity full of extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, and White Russians.
Sat
15
Jun
8:00PM

Kathleen Madigan

Comedian Kathleen Madigan has won awards for her comedy, filmed three hour-long Netflix specials, and performed on every late-night show ever made.
Wed
19
Jun
8:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Framing John DeLorean

Alec Baldwin and Morena Baccarin star in this scandalous saga recounting the life and legend of the controversial automaker John DeLorean
Fri
21
Jun
8:00PM

Jorge Federico Osorio, Pianist in Recital

Jorge Federico Osorio has been lauded throughout the world for his superb musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination, and deep passion.
Thu
27
Jun
8:00PM

An Evening with Daniel H. Pink

Daniel Pink is the author of New York Times best seller, "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing."
Sat
29
Jun
8:00PM

Million Dollar Quartet

An extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
Sun
30
Jun
8:00PM

Million Dollar Quartet

An extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
Mon
1
Jul
8:00PM

Million Dollar Quartet

An extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
Tue
2
Jul
7:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: The Princess Bride

Journey to the magical kingdom of Florin, and relive a beloved classic fairy tale that promises to have everything a spell-binding story should.
Fri
5
Jul
8:00PM

Michael Feinstein: Seasons of Sinatra

Grammy and Emmy Award-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein, takes you on a journey of Sinatras career in a performance Executive Produced by Liza Minnelli.
Tue
9
Jul
8:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: The Biggest Little Farm

The Biggest Little Farm tells the true story of Chester and Molly as they leave their L.A. apartment for the countryside to build a farm in coexistence with nature.
Thu
11
Jul
8:00PM

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will delight audiences with works from Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
Sat
13
Jul
8:00PM

2019 GALA: Country Gold & Glitter

A star-studded Gala celebration. For more information contact the Development Office at gala@greatlakescfa.org or 231.439.2601
Wed
17
Jul
4:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Dumbo

A live-action, visually striking, and reimagiend version of the 1941 classic animated film realeased in March of 2019 from Disney and visionary, Tim Burton.
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

This event is SOLD OUT! However, the wait list is open! Click the button to the right or call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 to add your name!
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
2:00PM

Commmunity Day

Join the Center for Community Day on Sunday, August 4! Featuring musically oriented fun for all ages throughout the venue.
Sun
4
Aug
4:00PM

The United States Coast Guard Band at Community Day

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT and the wait list is closed. Be sure to join us for the other Community Day festivities from 2:00PM - 4:00PM!
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

This event is sold out! However, the wait list is open. Click the button to the right or call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 to add your name!
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

This event is sold out! However, the wait list is open. Click the button to the right or call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 to add your name!
Sat
17
Aug
8:00PM

The Del McCoury Band

This event is sold out! However, the wait list is open. Click the button to the right or call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 to add your name!
Wed
21
Aug
8:00PM

Yesong Sophie Lee in Recital, Violin

15-year old Violinist virtuoso, Yesong Sophie Lee, is mesmerizing audiences around the world.
Thu
22
Aug
7:00PM

United States Air Force Airlifter Brass

These six gifted players proudly represent the skill and professionalism of the United States Air Force with outstanding and thoughtful performances.
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.
Wed
28
Aug
7:00PM

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Pavarotti

Pavarotti is an exclusive look into the personal story of Italy's international operatic sensation, Luciano Pavarotti.
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.
Sat
7
Sep
8:00PM

Bob Saget

With a well known reputation in standup spanning three decades, Bob Saget entertains in this "Rated R-ish" comedy event intended for mature audiences.
Sat
14
Sep
8:00PM

Melissa Manchester

Singer-Songwriter Melissa Manchester delivers a velvety, moving concert composed of a memorable collection of songs; a testament to her vast and brilliant career.
Sat
21
Sep
7:00PM

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: The Violet Viola Concerto

This event is the Chamber's season-opening concert and presents the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer, David Lockington.
Sun
6
Oct
4:00PM

Great Lakes Conservatory Showcase featuring Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Performing opera arias to art songs, a group of vocalists from the IU Jacobs School of Music perform music reflecting future Metropolitan Opera stars.
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.
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 they Sky

Take flight with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra during a rendition of exquisite music inspired by birds.
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The performing arts is a universe where people dream and do. Congratulations on opening the Great Lakes Center for the Arts!
DEBBIE ALLENEmmy Award winning actress, director, choreographer
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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