Great Lakes Center For The Arts
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INSPIRE • ENTERTAIN • EDUCATE

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts will inspire, entertain and educate with year-round, world-class performances,

affordable ticket pricing and a robust education program.

Tickets for the 2018/2019 Fall & Winter Season NOW ON SALE

Please call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 or e-mail tickets@greatlakescfa.org with any questions.

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2018 Performances

17
Aug

BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

This event is SOLD OUT. However, the wait list is open! Please e-mail tickets@greatlakescfa.org or call 231.439.2610 to be added.
18
Aug

BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

This event is SOLD OUT and the Wait List is currently closed. Check back on the day of the event to see if tickets have become available!
21
Aug

Utah's Hidden Treasures: A Photographic Expedition

Some of the finest Photographic Artists from Northern Michigan have gone underground to capture some of Utah’s hidden treasures.
24
Aug

Concert on the Bay

This event is SOLD OUT. Please contact Event Assistant, Kevin Wyatt at events@msu.edu or 517-432-9459 with questions and Wait List information.
25
Aug

Comedian Tom Papa

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, TV and radio, as well as on stage.
30
Aug

GREAT LAKES CONSERVATORY NIGHT

Experience the incredible talents of the Great Lakes’ most gifted young musicians, with the 2018 event featuring the University of Michigan Music School.
2
Sep

CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY!

In celebration of our first summer and the exciting journey to come, join GLCFA for a lighthearted ‘80s party featuring The Journey Tribute Band & other festivities!
8
Sep

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Great Lakes Great Music

Join the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Composer in Residence, Gwyneth Walker, for an evening of great music.
22
Sep

Frankie Moreno

Singer, Showman, Songwriter, Musician…Frankie Moreno is all of these things and more.
28
Sep

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring

Experience The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on the Center's 45-foot screen with 4k projection and surround sound.
29
Sep

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers

Experience The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on the Center's 45-foot screen with 4k projection and surround sound.
30
Sep

Great Lakes Cinema Series: Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King

Experience The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on the Center's 45-foot screen with 4k projection and surround sound.
7
Oct

An Evening with George Mitchell

An engaging evening of questions and conversation with Senator George Mitchell.
13
Oct

Black Violin

Over the last decade, Black Violin has risen to fame with a style of music that combines classical, hip-hop and R&B.
21
Oct

Elliot Wuu

Since his early years, Elliot has captured audiences with colorful tones, sensitive musicality and emotional depth in his music.
17
Nov

Northern Michigan Chorale: The Gift of Song - 3:00PM

The Northern Michigan Chorale, a premiere vocal ensemble of 75, presents The Gift of Song, your favorite holiday carols in delightful harmonies.
17
Nov

Northern Michigan Chorale: The Gift of Song - 7:30PM

The Northern Michigan Chorale, a premiere vocal ensemble of 75, presents The Gift of Song, your favorite holiday carols in delightful harmonies.
18
Nov

Northern Michigan Chorale: The Gift of Song

The Northern Michigan Chorale, a premiere vocal ensemble of 75, presents The Gift of Song, your favorite holiday carols in delightful harmonies.
15
Dec

Crooked Tree Arts Center: The Nutcracker

Celebrate the holiday season with the dancers of Crooked Tree Arts Center's School of Ballet.
16
Dec

Crooked Tree Arts Center: The Nutcracker

Celebrate the holiday season with the dancers of Crooked Tree Arts Center's School of Ballet.
21
Dec

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Messiah

Please join the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus for an evening of great music featuring Handel’s Messiah.
28
Dec

The Second City: Dysfunctional Holiday Revue

Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest.
30
Dec

Royal Opera House Broadcast: La Bayadere

Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.
19
Jan

Laureates of the Sphinx Competition

The Detroit-based Sphinx Organization is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.
16
Feb

Capitol Steps

Capitol Steps, the group that put the “mock” in democracy!
22
Feb

Interlochen Ballet: Swan Lake

Enjoy this performance by the talented dancers from the Interlochen Arts Academy.
10
Mar

Vienna Boys Choir

The Vienna Boys Choir has charmed audiences around the globe with rapturous harmonies, purity of tone, delightful repertoire and charming demeanor.
28
Apr

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Violins of Hope

The Violins of Hope are a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust.
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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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