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Interlochen Center for the Arts hosts Signature Series

The series, which runs through fall and winter, features fully-produced performances by Interlochen Arts Academy students and appearances by nationally-known visiting artists.

Interlochen Center for the Arts will host its popular Signature Series this fall, featuring student artists from Interlochen Arts Academy as well as nationally-renowned visiting artists. Each event is open to the public, and tickets are available on Interlochen’s website. 
The Signature Series is Interlochen’s top-tier fall-winter performance series. This year’s selection includes beloved student events such as “Collage,” Sounds of the Season, and The Nutcracker, as well as readings, screenings, and performances by acclaimed visiting artists like Patrice Rushen and Ross Gay. 
“The variety we’re offering in the Signature Series this year is a testament to the talent and versatility of our students and guests,” says Brent Wrobel, executive director of Interlochen Presents. “We’re so excited to welcome audiences to Interlochen this fall and winter. Whether you enjoy rock operas like Jesus Christ Superstar, explorative documentaries like Los Hermanos, or classic ballets like Cinderella, there is something for you here!”

To view all events in Interlochen’s Signature Series and purchase tickets, visit this link.

A close up headshot of Patrice Rushen. Her hair is in a braided half updo and she she wears silver hoop earrings with a light blue choker necklace.s
Contemporary Music: With Special Guest Patrice Rushen

Friday, September 23, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Kresge Auditorium

Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and R&B singer Patrice Rushen joins Interlochen Arts Academy’s singer-songwriter and jazz combo students for an unforgettable evening of music. Best known for her 1982 single “Forget Me Nots,” the ASCAP Songwriters’ Award winner is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest jazz pianists.

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Academy student playing a clarinet in a performance

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium
Saturday, October 8, 2022 - 2 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium

Experience the very best of Interlochen Arts Academy in this fast-paced multidisciplinary showcase. A highly anticipated annual tradition, “Collage” features live performances by the Academy’s musicians, actors, and dancers; readings by creative writers; and shorts by filmmakers. A visual arts exhibition rounds out this whirlwind tour of the arts.

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Musical Theatre: With Special Guest Al Silber and Sydney James Harcourt

Thursday, October 20, 2022 - 8 p.m. ET | City Opera House

See the theatre artists of tomorrow side-by-side with two of Broadway’s brightest stars. Interlochen Arts Academy alumni Al Silber (Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked) and Sydney James Harcourt (Hamilton, Girl from the North Country) join Interlochen Arts Academy musical theatre students at Traverse City’s City Opera House for a fast-paced revue that spans Golden Age classics to contemporary hits.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Friday, November 11, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium
Saturday, November 12, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 2:00 PM ET | Corson Auditorium

Jesus Christ: superstar, or misguided spiritual leader? That’s the question faced by Judas Iscariot in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hit rock opera—one of Broadway’s longest-running shows. Loosely based on the Gospels, Jesus Christ Superstar offers an in-depth character study of the Bible’s biggest hero and greatest villain.

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Los Hermanos: Documentary Screening and Q&A

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium

Politics, music, and family collide in Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider’s moving documentary, Los Hermanos (The Brothers). Separated for decades by tensions between the United States and Cuba, two brothers—pianist Aldo and violinist Ilmar—reunite for their first collaboration as professional musicians. Featuring Aldo’s genre-defying score and performances by Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet, Los Hermanos offers a nuanced exploration of estranged nations, fraternal love, and the unifying power of music.

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The Nutcracker 

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium
Friday, December 09, 2022 - 7:30 PM ET ​​| Corson Auditorium
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 2:00 PM ET | Corson Auditorium
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 7:30 PM ET | Corson Auditorium
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 2:00 PM ET | Corson Auditorium

Experience the magic of a holiday classic as the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Division stages Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet, The Nutcracker. The timeless story of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker comes to life through exceptional dancing, breathtaking costumes, dazzling scenic design, and live accompaniment by the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

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Sounds of the Season

Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium
Sunday, December 18, 2022 - 2:00 PM ET | Corson Auditorium

Don your holiday apparel and join Interlochen Arts Academy for an evening of seasonal songs. The Arts Academy Wind Symphony and Choir lead a family-friendly showcase that features works by both ensembles, classic stories, and much more. The program concludes with a sing-along of your holiday favorites—led by the man with the bag himself!

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Cinderella at Interlochen Center for the Arts

Friday, February 10, 2023 - 7:30 PM ET | Corson Auditorium
Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 7:30 PM ET | Corson Auditorium
Sunday, February 12, 2023 - 2:00 PM ET | Corson Auditorium

Witness an enchanting adaptation of a timeless fairy tale as Interlochen Arts Academy dance students perform Cinderella. When Cinderella’s cruel stepsisters bar her from attending the prince’s ball, a mysterious fairy godmother appears to transform her from pauper to princess. But there’s a catch: the spell will expire when the clock strikes midnight. Featuring lush scenic design, exquisite costumes, exceptional dancing, and Sergei Prokofiev’s beloved score, Cinderella will make you believe in magic.

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An Evening with Ross Gay

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium 

Experience an evening of joyful poems and essays as Interlochen Arts Academy hosts acclaimed poet Ross Gay. The author of the New York Times best-selling essay collection The Book of Delights, Gay is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the PEN American Literary Jean Stein Award. Join Gay as he shares selections from his works, including essays from his most recent collection, Inciting Joy. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the reading.

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Gershwin Gala

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium 

Join Interlochen Arts Academy as they honor the musical legacy of American composer George Gershwin. Gershwin’s greatest hits come alive in a vibrant multidisciplinary performance featuring the Academy’s orchestra, chamber music, musical theatre, and dance students. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate this legendary composer—and get a sneak peek of the upcoming musical An American in Paris!

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An American in Paris 

Friday, May 5, 2023 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Corson Auditorium
Saturday, May 06, 2023 - 7:30 PM ET | Corson Auditorium
Sunday, May 07, 2023 - 2:00 PM ET | Corson Auditorium

Experience a silver screen classic live as Interlochen Arts Academy theatre students perform the stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film An American in Paris. In post-World War II Paris, struggling American painter Jerry Mulligan unwittingly falls for his friend Henri’s beautiful fiancée, Lise. As Jerry and Lise’s courtship progresses, Lise must decide whether to honor her promise to Henri or follow her heart. With a charming plot, stunning dance sequences, and an iconic score by George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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