Northern Michigan Attractions: Interlochen Summer Arts Festival Lineup

 Northern Michigan Attraction: 2011 Interlochen SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL
  Get ready for a great summer of music in Northern Michigan including this fine schedule from the 2011 Interlochen Summer Arts Festival. Tickets go on a sale Friday, April 22, 2011 9:00am EDT. You can order online, by phone or in-person at the Interlochen Box Office. Check out these great musical acts coming this summer:

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION with GARRISON KEILLOR 
Saturday, June 18 @ 5:45pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $50.50; Gold $45.50; Silver $40.50; Bronze $33.50)
Here’s your chance to see the nation’s premier radio show broadcast live from Interlochen, with the latest news from Lake
Wobegon, the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Guy Noir, the Guys All-Star Shoe Band, special musical guests and more.
 ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE IMPOSTERS
Tuesday, June 21 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $45.50; Gold $40.50; Silver $35.50; Bronze $28.50)
The best known rocker in glasses since Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello offers a night of classic rock-n-roll and clever songwriting that will run the gamut of his 35-year career, from early hits such as “Alison” to his acclaimed 2010 release, National Ransom.
 THE TEMPTATIONS
Saturday, June 25 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $45.50; Gold $40.50; Silver $35.50; Bronze $28.50)
The Temptations formed in 1961 in Detroit, Michigan and went on to become one of the most iconic bands in the history of
American music … with a catalog of smash hits including “Just My Imagination,” “Papa was a Rolling Stone” and “My Girl.”
 
KURT ELLING 
Wednesday, June 29 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $25.00)
Grammy-winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Repeatedly named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association, his command of rhythm, texture and phrasing is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a vocalist.
 
SHAKESPEARE’S “THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”
June 30-July 3 & July 7-10; Thurs-Sat, 7pm & Sunday @ 1:30pm, Harvey Theatre (All seats $26.00)
Interlochen’s professional theatre company tackles Shakespeare’s tragi-comic masterpiece. Exploring timeless themes of justice and
mercy, the play features the villainous moneylender Shylock and his infamous bargain for “a pound of flesh.”
 
THE CAPITOL STEPS
Saturday, July 2 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $30.50)
Rip-roaring fun, the Capitol Steps’ special brand of political fireworks is an Independence Day tradition at Interlochen. Unafraid to say in public what most of us are thinking, their hilarious song parodies skewer both sides of the political fence. 
 WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: “Beethoven’s Masterpiece”
Sunday, July 3 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium ($14.00 adult, $12.00 senior and $9.00 student)
The WYSO opens its 84th season with the most famous piece of classical music ever written: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Don’t miss hearing this great masterpiece performed live by some of the most exciting and talented young musicians in the world.  
 
EMERSON STRING QUARTET
Thursday, July 7 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $30.50)
Hailed as “America’s greatest quartet” by Time magazine, the Emerson String Quartet boasts an unparalleled list of achievements: more than 30 acclaimed recordings, nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.
 WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with TIME FOR THREE
Sunday, July 10 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (All seats $25.50)
The groundbreaking trio Time for Three – violinists Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall and double bass player Ranaan Meyer – combine the polished virtuosity of the classical world with the raw energy of a bluegrass fiddle festival. 
 INTERLOCHEN “COLLAGE”
Tuesday, July 12 @ 7:30pm, Kresge Auditorium ($22.00 adult, $18.00 senior and $9.00 student)
One of Interlochen’s most popular events, “Collage” presents an exhilarating sampler of student performances encompassing music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film and visual arts. Come early for pre-concert activities on the mall!
 LUCINDA WILLIAMS and AMOS LEE 
Wednesday, July 13 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $40.50; Gold $35.50; Silver $35.50; Bronze $30.50)
Named “America’s best songwriter” (Time), three-time Grammy winner Lucinda Williams fuses rock, blues, country and Americana into landscapes of the soul. Singer-songwriter Amos Lee’s burnt-sugar vocals mix with heartbreak to create a bluesy, complex sound.
 DAT PHAN, Original Winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing
Friday, July 15 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $25.00)
Dat Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up struggling and poor in San Diego, California. His hilarious, culturally insightful comedy exposes ridiculous stereotypes, as he shares his experience of being a regular American guy with a Vietnamese heritage.
 LEO KOTTKE 
Saturday, July 16 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $30.50)
A deep talking Midwestern raconteur whose quick wit is matched only by his astounding skill on the six and 12 string guitars, Leo Kottke’s profoundly original musical vision has placed him among the foremost acoustic guitar stylists of our time (or any other).
 
WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Internationally Renowned Composer Tan Dun
Sunday, July 17 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium ($14.00 adult, $12.00 senior and $9.00 student)
Tan Dun is one of the most important and influential composers in the world today. Known for his Academy Award-winning score
to the blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Maestro Dun joins the WYSO to conduct some of his most exciting pieces.
 ADAM PASCAL 
Thursday, July 21 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $30.50)
Best known for originating the roles of Roger Davis in the rock opera “Rent,” and Radames in the musical “Aida,” Adam Pascal started singing in rock bands when he was twelve, and has been singing in bands, in movies and on the Broadway stage ever since.  

INTERLOCHEN IRISH FEST featuring LEAHY and CATHIE RYAN
Friday, July 22 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (All seats $35.50)
A Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters, Leahy “makes Riverdance look like Lawrence Welk re-runs” (Time Out New York). Detroit-born Cathie Ryan, formerly of Cherish the Ladies, has been honored as “Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.”
 
WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with NATHAN GUNN, baritone
Sunday, July 24 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (All seats $25.50)
One of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day, Nathan Gunn joins the WYSO and World Youth Choir to sing the ravishingly beautiful Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
 TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT
Monday, July 25 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $30.50)
The Trey McIntyre Project burst onto the national dance scene in 2005 with “fresh and forward-thinking choreography” (Washington Post). The troupe explores the human experience with repertoire that spans rock, classical, jazz, bluegrass and folk music.
 
THE BEACH BOYS
Tuesday, July 26 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $50.50; Gold $45.50; Silver $40.50; Bronze $33.50)
With hits such as “Surfin’ USA,” “California Girls” and “Good Vibrations,” the Beach Boys defined the very sound of summer.
Their timeless lyrics and unique blend of harmonies remain as powerful today as when they first rocked the Billboard charts. 
 
THE DECEMBERISTS
Wednesday, July 27 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $35.50; Gold $35.50; Silver $30.50; Bronze $30.50)
With influences ranging from R.E.M. and ‘70s country rock to old English folk tunes, the indie rock band the Decemberists creates catchy, upbeat pop tunes and instrumentally lush ballads filled with intricate storytelling.
 DIERKS BENTLEY
Thursday, July 28 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $45.50; Gold $45.50; Silver $37.50; Bronze $37.50)
One of country music’s biggest stars, Dierks Bentley rocketed to the top with the 2003 single “What Was I Thinkin’?” Since then, he’s sold more than five million albums, earned 10 Grammy nominations and charted seven Number One hits. 
 WORLD YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Maestro Andreas Delfs “A Hero’s Life”
Sunday, July 31 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium ($14.00 adult, $12.00 senior and $9.00 student)
Conductor laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony, Maestro Andreas Delfs makes his Interlochen debut in a majestic program that includes Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) by Richard Strauss and the Tannhauser overture by Richard Wagner.
 “CAROUSEL” High School Musical Theatre Company
August 4-7; Thurs-Sat, 7pm & Sunday @ 1:30pm, Corson Auditorium ($24.00 adult, $20.00 senior and $9.00 student)
The follow-up to their smash hit “Oklahoma!”, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. The story follows a carousel barker’s ill-fated romance with a millworker in a Maine coastal village.
 
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
Friday, August 12 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (All seats $35.50)
Praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Interlochen alumnus Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He’s made his mark in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.
 
BUBBLEMANIA!
Saturday, August 13 @ 7pm, Corson Auditorium (All seats $17.50)
Giant floating spheres; bubbles that bounce; funky, gravity defying globs of bubble foam … comic bubble artist Casey Carle creates ephemeral masterpieces out of soap film. BubbleMania! is an eye-popping, fun-filled extravaganza for the entire family.
 
STEELY DAN
Monday, August 15 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $65.50; Gold $60.50; Silver $55.50; Bronze $48.50)
With hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” Donald Fagen and Walter Becker helped define the soundtrack of the ‘70s. Inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2001, the Grammy-winning jazz-rock ambassadors to the galaxy are back!
 
ENS? STRING QUARTET
August 15, 17 & 20 @ 8pm, Corson Auditorium (Individual concerts $26.00; series pass $63.00)
The rapidly rising young Ens? String Quartet has garnered honors at the Banff International String Quartet and Concert Artists Guild International Competitions and earned a “Best Chamber Music Performance” Grammy nomination for their latest CD.
 
CHICAGO
Wednesday, August 24 @ 8pm, Kresge Auditorium (Platinum $58.50; Gold $53.50; Silver $48.50; Bronze $41.50)
Chicago has written, recorded and performed some of the most popular and musically innovative songs in rock history. The first American band to chart Top 40 albums in five different decades, the group has sold more than 100 million records and earned 21 Top 10 singles. 
 
GUSTER
Friday, September 2 @ 7:30pm, Kresge Auditorium (All seats $30.50)
With short, catchy tunes and intricate vocal harmonies, Guster was hailed as one of the greatest independent successes of the 1990s. Fifteen years on, the band is operating at the absolute peak of its creative powers, making the most inspired music of their career.   

 *All prices reflect a $1 per ticket facility preservation fee.
 
Interlochen Box Office: tickets.interlochen.org, 800.681.5920

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