Northern Michigan Events: Interlochen Center for the Arts presents the Interlochen 2012 Summer Arts Festival. The Summer Arts Festival kicks off summer 2012 with a bang and doesn't slow down for the rest of the summer! A variety of talent graces the Interlochen stage this year including dancers, singers, guitarists, orchestras and much more!

Willie Nelson and Family

Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 8pm

World-renowned Willie Nelson returns to Interlochen to bring outlaw country music into Northern Michigan. Winner of 6 Grammy awards and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame his "outlaw charm and humor" make him a phenomenal performer.

Martina McBride: One Night 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8pm

This "country music superstar" has produced 10 studio albums, won four "Female Vocalist of the Year" awards from the Country Music Association and won three "Top Female Vocalist" awards from the Academy of Country Music. Her familiarity with country music will show well through her skill.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 8pm

This troupe of rule breakers are more than dancers. See their bodies twist and contort in order to create amazing feats!  

Interlochen Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night's Dream

June 28-30, July 5-7 2012 at 8pm

This classic Shakespearian comedy is performed in Interlochen's new outdoor performance space so that the magic of Midsummer is fully enjoyed!

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegrass and Comedy

Friday, June 29, 2012 at 8pm

Steve Martin, collaborating with the Grammy-nominated North Carolina band the Steep Canyon Rangers, brings his banjo playing and comedic talents to Interlochen's stage.

Gavin DeGraw with special guest Andy Grammer

Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 8pm

These popular male pop artists take the Interlochen stage by force. Gavin DeGraw has had many hits with songs such as "Follow Through" and "Chariot" and Andy Grammer is best known for his hit single "Keep Your Head Up."

World Youth Symphony Orchestra: American Memories

Sunday, July 1, 8  2012 at 8pm

The theme of this year's WYSO is highlighting unforgettable moments in American history such as the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, the Summer Olympics, the decade anniversary of 9/11 and more!

Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang

Monday, July 2, 2012 at 8pm

These guitar legends don't disappoint as they take to the stage and wow the audience with their incredible guitar playing skills.

Umphrey's McGee with special guest G. Love & Special Sauce

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 7:30pm

Receiving praise in the past for their positive high energy performances this is anticipated to be an upbeat and fun evening!

The Capitol Steps

Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 8pm

An Independence Day tradition at Interlochen— this group of former Congressional staffers pokes fun at both sides of the political spectrum.

"A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor

Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 5:45pm

This show is sure to be a treat! The audience gets to experience firsthand the production and performance of a radio show. Join 4 million other listeners to catch up live with Lake Wobegon along with the Royal Academy of Radio Actors, Guy Noir, The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, special musical guests and more!

Interlochen "Collage"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 7:30pm

This performance is literally a collage of different acts that showcase students' different talents including music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film and visual arts.

Nathan Gunn, Baritone, with Julie Gunn, Piano

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 8pm

This operatic delight doesn't disappoint! Nathan Gunn is a renowned baritone who has performed in opera houses across the U.S. and Europe

Doktor Kaboom!

Friday, July 13, 2012 at 7pm

Science experiments set to music sound exciting? Then get ready to enjoy science on stage with Doktor Kaboom!

Pacifica Quartet

Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 8pm

This world renowned quartet brings a refined skill set to the stage. This group has received multiple recognitions including a Grammy in 2009 for Best Chamber Music Performance.

World Youth Symphony Orchestra: JoAnn Falletta, Guest Conductor

Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 8pm

Conducted by the internationally recognized JoAnn Falletta, the orchestra stirs delight in the audience with its beautifully performed pieces.

Montgomery Gentry

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 8pm

A country music duo, they have had 14 top 10 singles including "Something To Be Proud Of," "If You Ever Stop Loving Me" and many more!


Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8pm

Still rocking hard since their debut in the early '70s, Styx returns to the Interlochen stage to perform their hit singles such as "Come Sail Away" and "Renegade" as well as many of their other songs. Come sing along with this blast from the past band!

Peter Yarrow

Friday, July 20, 2012 at 8pm

From the music trio Peter, Paul and Mary Peter Yarrow is a singer-songwriter that conveys a message of "humanity and caring."

Dat Phan, Original Winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing"  

Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 8pm

As the original winner of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" his standup routine is hilarious and he focuses on ridiculous stereotypes that are applied to him as a Vietnamese American.

World Youth Symphony Orchestra: Featuring Legendary Pianist Andre Watts

Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 8pm

After 12 years, Andre Watts returns to Interlochen to perform Beethoven's famous piece Concerto No. 5, the "Emperor."

Blind Pilot

Monday, July 23, 2012 at 8pm

An Indie/folk-rock group, Blind Pilot recently released their sophomore album that has been well received by audiences and critics alike. They have played venues with artists such as The Decemberists and Josh Ritter and Dave Matthews Band.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band with special guest Del McCoury

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at 8pm

New Orleans' French Quarter will be brought to life in front of your eyes with the eclectic rhythm of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Joined by special guest Del McCoury, this showstopper can't be missed!   

Michael W. Smith: Wonder, Worship & Glory Tour 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012 at 8pm

Renowned as one of the most influential artists in Contemporary Christian music, Grammy award-winning Michael W. Smith has also sold multi-platinum albums throughout his music career.

World Youth Symphony Orchestra: Featuring Anthony Ross, Cello & Guest Conductor Osmo Vanska

Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 8pm

This conductor is known for his skillful ability to improvise, which makes every performance unique and exciting! Joined by Anthony Ross the two collaborate to create wonderful music.

"Children of Eden": High School Musical Theatre Co.

August 2-4, 2012 at 7pm & Sunday, August 5, 2012 – 1:30pm

A take on the story in Genesis of Adam and Eve, Children of Eden provides a humorous look at the age old parental-child conflict, and delivers the bittersweet message that, "the hardest part of love… is letting go."

World Youth Symphony Orchestra: Les Preludes and Ode to Joy

Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 7:30pm

The summer season will go out with a bang with this free and very entertaining performance including Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", the choruses of the Interlochen Festival along with four vocal soloists, and of course the "Les Preludes" featuring Interlochen's high school orchestras, bands and dancers.


Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 8pm

A magic show complete with mind-blowing illusions, audience participation and more! You won't want to close your eyes for a second!

Enso String Quartet

August 13, 15, 18 2012 at 8pm

Grammy nominated group Enso String Quartet, might be considered to be young, but this group doesn't lack in experience and talent.

The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue 2012: Featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 8pm

Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs are uniting under one name to bring audiences to their feet with approval!

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