Northern Michigan Events: Summer takes Center Stage at Interlochen

Northern Michigan Events: School’s out, the summer solstice slipped through your fingertips, and summer is definitely here. Interlochen Center for the Arts presents its 2011 Summer Arts Festival.

Actually, it kicked off the season on Saturday, June 18, but if you didn’t get a chance to see A Prairie Home Companion, Elvis Costello and The Imposters or The Temptations, don’t fret—there’s still plenty of entertainment right around the corner for your enjoyment!

This Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m., jazz vocalist Kurt Elling takes the stage at Corson Auditorium, a beautiful venue on the campus of Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen. Elling has been recognized as the “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association on six different occasions in the last 10 years. Elling has recorded eight albums in nearly 15 years, all of which have received national acclaim. Tickets are $25.00.

Can’t make it on Wednesday? This Northern Michigan Festival continues the following evening, June 30, with “The Merchant of Venice” in the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival at the Harvey Theater. Beginning on June 30, the Shakespeare Festival continues through the weekend until July 3, before resuming July 7-10.

“The Merchant of Venice” is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works and is bursting with betrayal and romance. This Italian drama includes the famous “Hath not a Jew eyes” speech spoken by Shylock as well as the final tumultuous and emotional courtroom scene.

You’re out of excuses—submerge yourself in the arts this summer. Events are happening every day, all over Northern Michigan.