There are a number of exciting Northern Michigan events slated to be performed at Interlochen Center for the Arts this fall. Music, theatre, comedy and more are on tap– sometimes all three at once, as with a performance by Ana Gasteyer on October 16. Most famous for her time on Saturday Night Live, the versatile actress/singer/comedian is also an Interlochen Arts Camp alum.

After graduating from Northwestern University, Gasteyer went on to perform with the improvisational comedy troupe the Groundlings, before her six-year stint as one of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on SNL. There she portrayed everyone from Martha Stewart to Celine Dion, as well as creating such characters as high school music teacher Bobbie Mohan-Culp, NPR host Margaret Jo McCullen, and Lilith Festival feminist singer Cinder Calhoun.

Following Saturday Night Live, Gasteyer starred in movies (Lindsay Lohan’s mom in fellow SNL alum Tina Fey’s Mean Girls), television (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory), and theatre (The Threepenny Opera, Wicked, The Royal Family). One of her most recent projects is singing with a big swing band on her album, I’m Hip.

Other highlights for this season at Interlochen include the period music ensembles Barbara Furtuna and Constantinople (the former a male a capella group hailing from Corsica, the latter a period music ensemble focused on the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe, the Mediterranean and Middle East); classical and jazz guitarist Julian Lage performing at Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall; and theatrical presentations Urinetown and Rent.

In addition to performances, the Interlochen College of Creative Arts has also released its fall schedule of classes and workshops for adults. The schedule includes classes and workshops in music, jewelry design, art, creative writing, and digital audio, among other subjects.

Tickets are on sale now at, and class registration is available now at

The Performing Arts Series lineup is as follows:


Thursday and Friday, October 8 & 9, 7:30 p.m./Corson Auditorium/$25 adult, $23 senior, $10 student

This rapid-fire arts sampler showcases the talents of students in all arts areas: Dance, music, creative writing, motion picture arts, visual arts and theatre.

The Houston Ballet II

Monday, October 12, 7:30 p.m./Corson Auditorium/$32

One of the world’s premier ballet companies showcases both classical ballet and modern dance.

Ana Gasteyer

Friday, October 16, 7:30 p.m./Corson Auditorium/$34

Barbara Furtuna and Constantinople

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m./Dennos Museum Center, Milliken Auditorium/$32

A blend of Corsican tradition, European harmonies, Middle Eastern instruments, and renaissance sounds.

Cirque Mechanics

Friday, October 30, 7:30 p.m./Corson Auditorium/$27

The daring, machine-inspired acrobatics troupe returns to Interlochen. Think Cirque du Soleil done steampunk. 

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Friday and Saturday, November 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m./Phoenix Theatre$15 adult, $13 senior, $10 student

One of the most famous German plays ever written, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a parable about good parenting.

Julian Lage

Saturday, November 7, 7:30 p.m./Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall/$32

Veteran classical and jazz guitarist Julian Lage brings his virtuosic improvisations to Interlochen’s stage.

John Bruce Yeh, Clarinet

Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

Yeh is the first Asian musician ever appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as the longest-serving clarinetist in CSO history. He’s also the director of Chicago Pro Musica, a chamber music offshoot of the CSO.


Thursday and Friday, November 19 & 20 and December 4 & 5, 7:30 p.m./Harvey Theatre/$23 adult, $19 senior, $10 student

This satirical comedy tackles the legal system, capitalism and the Broadway musical itself in the drama surrounding pay-to-use restrooms.

The Nutcracker

Thursday-Saturday, December 10-12/Corson Auditorium/$28 adult, $25 senior, $10 student

Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet captures the whimsical magic of the Holiday season through captivating music and dance.

Sounds of the Season

Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m./Corson Auditorium/$15 adult, $12 senior, $10 student

Celebrate the season with selections from Interlochen Arts Academy’s bands and choirs.

Richard Goode, piano

Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 p.m./Corson Auditorium/$35

Celebrated pianist Richard Goode performs a selection of Beethoven sonatas.

Winterlochen with Mucca Pazza

Saturday, February 20, all day/Various venues; Mucca Pazza in Corson/All events free except Mucca Pazza ($15)

This seasonal festival features eclectic marching band Mucca Pazza in a unique showcase of music, dance, acrobatics and humor.

Winter Dance Showcase

Friday and Saturday, March 4 & 5/Corson Auditorium/$21 adult, $18 senior, $10 student

Interlochen Arts Academy dance students present a performance of their recent ballet, jazz and modern repertory.

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

Friday and Saturday, April 15 & 16/Harvey Theatre/$15 adult, $13 senior, $10 student

The 1976 revision of Tennessee Williams’ The Summer and Smoke vividly captures the internal battle of changing philosophical positions and the ramifications of our choices.

Composers in Context

April 22 (orchestra), April 23 (band) and April 29 (choir)/Corson Auditorium/$12 adult, $7 senior and student

A three-night showcase based around a single composer.


May 15-16/Corson Auditorium/$29 adult, $26 senior, $10 student

This challenging musical chronicles a year in the lives of several HIV positive Bohemians as they struggle with love, illness and poverty.



Interlochen College of Creative Arts classes for Fall 2015 include:

Surface and Texture in Encaustic Painting

Monday, September 18

Journal and Sketchbook Workshop

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 19-20

Watercolor and Mixed Media Painting Workshop

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 19-20

Interlochen Fiber Arts Weekend

Friday-Sunday, September 25-27

Uketoberfest! Fall Ukulele Festival

Saturday, October 3

Jewelry Beadweaving: Beginning Peyote Stitch

Sunday, October 4

Introduction to Digital Audio with Interlochen Public Radio

October 13, 20, 27 and November 3 (meets 4 weeks)

Deep Revision Workshop

Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18

Principles of Photography with Monte Nagler

Sunday, October 18

Three-Hour Introduction to Coil Basketry

Sunday, October 18

Three-Hour Additional Techniques in Coil Basketry

Sunday, October 18

Protecting Your Creativity: Planning, Contracts and Copyright for Artists

Saturday, October 24

Modern Dance and Health

Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25

Water Miscible Oil Painting Workshop

Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25

Materialize Your Inner Life: A Creative Writing Bootcamp

Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25

Vocal Techniques Workshop

Friday-Sunday, November 6-8

Fall Soft Pastel Painting Workshop

Saturday, November 7

The Art of Handmade Books

Saturday, November 7

Pushing the Story: A Fiction Writing Weekend

Saturday, November 7-8

Monoprinting Boot Camp

Sunday, November 8

Watercolor Printmaking: Japanese Woodblock

Friday-Sunday, November 13-15

Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturday, November 14

Three-Hour Autoharp Sampler

Saturday, November 14

Autoharp and Mountain Dulcimer Sampler: “Sweet Sounds for the Holidays”

Saturday, November 14

Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturday, November 14

Introduction to Hand-Lettering Design

Sunday, November 15


More Northern Michigan Art

Grayling Artist Anthony Neal Goes Above the Clouds for Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2015

Michigan Artists Gallery in Traverse City

Music Luminaries: 12 Must-See Performers and Bands in Northern Michigan for 2015

Looking for fun around Interlochen? Check out the MyNorth Vacation Guide for Traverse City!

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