Interlochen Presents Winter Wonder

Crescendo issue: December 2013
"The Nutcracker" will once again be the main attraction on Interlochen's campus this holiday season.

Tickets are flying off of the shelf for the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Company and Orchestra performances of "The Nutcracker" on December 12, 13 and 14. As with past performances of The Nutcracker, these showings have proven to be a holiday hit with the surrounding region.

"I try to see 'The Nutcracker' each year," says Sue Frange, who will be taking her daughter and granddaughter to this year's performance. "While 'The Nutcracker' is the base of our little tradition, I am so happy when I see it on Interlochen's calendar. Nobody does it better!"

The Interlochen Dance Company and Orchestra will once again present the story of Clara, Herr Drosselmeyer, a villainous Mouse King, and the beloved Nutcracker who comes to life. A perennial favorite with audiences of all ages, this enchanting holiday classic features magnificent dancing, colorful costumes and one of the most enduring scores in all of ballet. 

But that is not the only bit of Winter Wonder that Interlochen has in store for audiences this season. While we are approximately halfway through our fall/winter performance season, there are many terrific acts yet to come.

Jonathan Biss will bring his excellent piano skills to Dendrinos Chapel on January 14, merely days prior to taking the stage at Carnegie Hall. In theatre news, the Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Company will present a performance of "Coriolanus" on February 28 and March 1.

Before "Coriolanus," there happens an event completely new to the Interlochen world, a winter festival. This Winterlochen Arts Day is a free event that will host a multitude of arts campus wide. This event will also partner Interlochen Center for the Arts with the Interlochen Area Chamber of Commerce, which will host winter festival themed events just across the road at the Interlochen State Park. Food, hot beverages and a plethora of art forms will be on display on February 22. 

These events are but a few of the possiblities available to our surrounding communities and guests on campus. One can show up on almost any day and witness (usually for free) an outstanding performance of some sort by Interlochen faculty or students. For more information on all of the happenings, big and small, on campus at Interlochen, visit here. To purchase tickets to "The Nutcracker" and other major performances, visit