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CENTER EVENTS UPDATE

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Events

Mon
1
Mar

Next Gen Virtual Event: Wings of Courage

Experience a free, live theater educational performance right in your living room!
Sat
20
Mar
2:00PM

Next Gen: Doktor Kaboom!

Family fun, interactive science, educational fun for the whole family. Back by popular demand: Nothing says science like Kaboom!
Sun
21
Mar
2:00PM

Next Gen: Doktor Kaboom!

Family fun, interactive science, educational fun for the whole family. Back by popular demand: Nothing says science like Kaboom!
Sat
12
Jun
8:00PM

B.B. King Blues Band With Claudette King and Michael Lee

In remembrance of B.B. King, original band members and seasoned blues musicians celebrate the legend and the music that defined blues for the world.
Sat
19
Jun
8:00PM

Postmodern Jukebox Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour

With 1.3 billion YouTube views, 4.3 million subscribers, and more than 2.4 million Facebook fans, PMJ reworks your favorite modern beats into vintage swing tunes!
Sat
26
Jun
8:00PM

Bruce in the USA: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

This high end, powerhouse band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy.
Thu
22
Jul
8:00PM

Comedian Ryan Hamilton

Comedian Ryan Hamilton is armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho and now a favorite in the NY stand-up comedy scene.
Sat
31
Jul
8:00PM

An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

Lyle Lovett brings his music, his large band with amazing Francine Reed, his trademark wit and wisdom, and his gift for storytelling for one unforgettable evening.
Fri
13
Aug
8:00PM

Always…Patsy Cline

This musical and tribute is complete with down home country humor, true emotion, and includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits.
Sat
14
Aug
8:00PM

Always…Patsy Cline

This musical and tribute is complete with down home country humor, true emotion, and includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits.
Sun
15
Aug
8:00PM

Always…Patsy Cline

This musical and tribute is complete with down home country humor, true emotion, and includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits.
Sat
21
Aug
8:00PM

An Evening With Chris Botti

Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the most important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.
Sat
28
Aug
8:00PM

Paul Taylor Dance Company

The Company performs Mr. Taylor’s repertoire, including 147 dances and selections by outstanding choreographers, and toured to more than 500 cities around the globe.
Sat
2
Oct
8:00PM

Thompson Square

With nearly 1 billion digital streams and the Grammy-nominated hit song, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," this duo continues to take the Country scene by storm!
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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

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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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