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Interlochen Arts Festival – Highlights Summer 2017

The 2017 Interlochen Arts Festival lineup has been announced and tickets are on sale now!

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Visit the Interlochen Arts Festival Website for tickets and a complete schedule of performances.

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ZZ Top with special guest Austin Hanks – Interlochen Arts Festival – June 1, 2017
[ June 1, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] ZZ Top With more than 45 years of hit songs, ZZ Top is an instantly recognizable and undeniably cool American institution. The 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees bring their own brand of blues and rock to the Kresge stage for what is sure to be a stellar presentation of many of their classic [...] more...

Marc Broussard – Interlochen Arts Festival – June 27, 2017
[ June 27, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Singer/songwriter Marc Broussard is best known for his Louisiana-born brand of heartfelt music, best described as a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop, matched with distinct Southern roots. In his career, he has released eight studio albums, one live album, three EPs, and has charted twice on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks. Broussard is [...] more...

Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs – Interlochen Arts Festival – June 28, 2017
[ June 28, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Two immediately identifiable voices combine for an evening of classic hits as five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald teams with Boz Scaggs in a showcase of songs that span the past 40 years. Friends and touring partners for years, McDonald and Scaggs share a palpable affinity for each other as they play their hits and share [...] more...

PAUL SHAFFER & The World’s Most Dangerous Band plus Special Guest Vocalist Valerie Simpson – Interlochen Arts Festival – June 29, 2017
[ June 29, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] A mainstay in the arena of televised musical direction, Paul Shaffer has influenced the sound of a generation. From his early days orchestrating the band on Saturday Night Live to his more than 30 years as musical director for David Letterman, Shaffer has had a hand in the sounds and songs that peppered the landscape [...] more...

OK Go – Interlochen Arts Festival – June 30, 2017
[ June 30, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] With a career that includes award-winning videos, New York Times op-eds, a major label split and the establishment of a DIY trans-media mini-empire (Paracadute), collaborations with pioneering dance companies and tech giants, animators and Muppets, and an experiment that encoded their music on actual strands of DNA, OK Go continue to fearlessly dream and build [...] more...

World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Karina Canellakis, conductor – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 2, 2017
[ July 2, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Internationally praised for both her technical and lyrical command of music, Karina Canellakis, winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, conducts the 2017 debut performance of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Already known to many in the classical music world for her virtuoso violin playing, Ms. Canellakis played regularly in the Chicago Symphony [...] more...

The Capitol Steps – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 3, 2017
[ July 3, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Back by popular demand! The Capitol Steps once again bring their blend of hilarious political commentary to the Corson Auditorium. With 35 albums consisting primarily of song parodies based on political highs and lows, The Capitol Steps satirize the very people and places that have employed them. And with all the political headlines bombarding us on [...] more...

Michael Feinstein – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 6, 2017
[ July 6, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Five-time Grammy Award nominee Michael Feinstein is arguably best-known as a singer whose penchant for crooning the classics of the Great American Songbook has garnered him critical praise and a legion of devoted followers. However, his acumen as a historian, author, archivist and expert on this music is equally as important and allows him an [...] more...

Shen Wei Dance Arts – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 8, 2017
[ July 8, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] "I want to capture and focus on moments of transference … to reveal the journey of dance-making and art-making, live in each performance." — Shen Wei Choreographer, director, dancer, painter, designer and lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Shen Wei brings his internationally renowned dance company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, to [...] more...

World Youth Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 9, 2017
[ July 9, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Acclaimed by the New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation," Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta leads the World Youth Symphony Orchestra through a repertoire that includes "Tsingtao Overture" by Long and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn [...] more...

Interlochen “Collage” – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 11, 2017
[ July 11, 2017; 7:30 pm; ] Join us for "Collage" and experience the very best of Interlochen in a non-stop, fast-paced showcase. Highlighting each arts area in rapid succession, "Collage" is one of Interlochen Center for the Arts’ most popular annual events. This spectacular program highlights outstanding samplings from dance, creative writing, theatre, visual arts, film, music and more. Beautiful and inspiring, this exhibition [...] more...

Trace Adkins – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 12, 2017
[ July 12, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Trace Adkins is not only a Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry, but has gained fame as a TV personality, an actor and an author. With more than 10 million albums sold, this commanding performer has used his deep, distinctive voice to carve out a reputation that offers wild times, late nights and good [...] more...

Nagata Shachu – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 15, 2017
[ July 15, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Nagata Shachu is a professional Japanese taiko drumming and music group taking the unmistakable sound of this ancient Asian art form to new heights. The group of highly skilled musicians is known for presenting mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances with its use of the traditional Japanese drum (taiko), bamboo flutes, gongs, woodblocks and the three-stringed shamisen. Nagata [...] more...

World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Simone Porter, violin – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 16, 2017
[ July 16, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Conductor Carlos Kalmar directs the World Youth Symphony Orchestra through a repertoire including such masterpieces as "Capriccio Italien" by Tchaikovsky, Prangcharoen's "Phenomenon" and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216. Carlos Kalmar is in his thirteenth season as music director of the Oregon Symphony. He is also chief conductor and artistic director of [...] more...

Straight No Chaser – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 17, 2017
[ July 17, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] YouTube sensations turned professional musical act, the ten-man a cappella group Straight No Chaser provides performances of pure musical harmonies sprinkled with comedic lyrics. Clever and fresh, this talented group packs venues around the country and has made numerous TV appearances in their ten-year career. In a time when so much music is digitally processed, it's [...] more...

Diana Ross – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 19, 2017
[ July 19, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Singer. Movie star. International icon. This is Diana Ross. A fixture in American music for almost 50 years, Ms. Ross has roots firmly planted in the Motown sound, but has added song after song to the list of award-winning and chart-topping brilliance. Each of her hits is instantly recognized as another magical moment in the [...] more...

Amos Lee with special guest Bailen – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 22, 2017
[ July 22, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Over the course of more than a dozen years and six studio albums, singer-songwriter Amos Lee has continued to evolve, develop and challenge himself as a musician. With a distinctive voice that the New York Times has called "honeyed—light amber, mildly sweet, with a touch of grain," Lee creates a creole blend of musical flavors [...] more...

World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Cristian Măcelaru, conductor – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 23, 2017
[ July 23, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] One of the fastest rising stars of the conducting world, Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Cristian Măcelaru leads the World Youth Symphony Orchestra through a repertoire that includes "Carnival Overture" by Dvorak and Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Newly appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, [...] more...

Chris Janson with special guest Davisson Brothers Band – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 25, 2017
[ July 25, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Country star Chris Janson is a singer who Rolling Stone magazine has called one of Nashville's most "prolific" songwriters, having written singles for Tim McGraw, Hank Williams, Jr., Randy Houser and others. His sultry voice is the epitome of country twang, and it earned him his second consecutive nomination for ACM New Male Vocalist of [...] more...

Mark Nizer, 4D Comedy & Juggling Show – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 27, 2017
[ July 27, 2017; 7:00 pm; ] International juggling champion Mark Nizer brings his astounding one-man show to Corson Auditorium. With an unbelievable talent that combines both physical and comedic timing, Nizer's knack for balance and precision provides an eye-popping performance perfect for audiences of every age. International juggling champion Mark Nizer has been seen on MTV, HBO's Just for Laughs, Arsenio Hall, [...] more...

Danish String Quartet – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 28, 2017
[ July 28, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] With an impressive list of international accolades, the Danish String Quartet has become as highly regarded as they are entertaining. Their music and showmanship, with a repertoire that includes everything from Brahms to Danish folk tunes, has established them as one of the finest and most exciting chamber music ensembles working today. The Danish String Quartet [...] more...

World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Izcaray, conductor; Alon Goldstein, piano; Sarah Cahill, piano – Interlochen Arts Festival – July 30, 2017
[ July 30, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Music Director for both the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony, Carlos Izcaray leads Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra and special guest pianists Alon Goldstein and Sarah Cahill through repertoire that includes Adams' "Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra," Takemitsu's "Quotation of Dream: Say Sea, Take Me!" and Debussy’s "La Mer." Praised by the international [...] more...

Nathan Gunn, baritone & Julie Gunn, piano – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 2, 2017
[ August 2, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Popular opera star Nathan Gunn has developed a reputation as being one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. Here he teams with his illustrious wife Julie Gunn, the famed pianist and Director of Lyric Theatre Studies at the University of Illinois, for an emotionally charged and artistically impressive operatic performance. Nathan Gunn Nathan [...] more...

World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Les Preludes – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 6, 2017
[ August 6, 2017; 7:30 pm; ] Join the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in their final performance of the season in the traditional “Les Préludes.” Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Jung-Ho Pak, will begin the performance leading WYSO through Wagner’s “Prelude to Die Meistersinger,” Hanson’s Symphony No. 1, movement 3 and Dun’s “Internet Symphony” before leading the [...] more...

Salt-N-Pepa with Tone Lōc – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 10, 2017
[ August 10, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] As the first all-female rap crew, Grammy Award-winning superstars Salt-N-Pepa have carved out a reputation as one of the most popular rap duos of the 1990s. They bring their sass, style and dance-worthy hits to Kresge Auditorium in a throwback show that also features rapper Tone Lōc, best known for his hits "Wild Thing" and [...] more...

Gavin DeGraw – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 14, 2017
[ August 14, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] Hit-maker, song-writer and musical sensation Gavin DeGraw comes to Kresge Auditorium with a playlist of his chart-topping hits that highlight his trademark contemporary sound and soulful lyrics. DeGraw brings a sly wisdom to his infectious songs like "I Don't Want To Be," "She Sets the City on Fire" and others, setting him apart from others [...] more...

Enso String Quartet – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 14, 2017
[ August 14, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] One of its generation's most compelling string ensembles, the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet brings its mastery and music to Corson Auditorium. The quartet has been described by Strad magazine as "thrilling," and praised by the Washington Post for its "glorious sonorities." This gifted quartet has won top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and [...] more...

Enso String Quartet – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 16, 2017
[ August 16, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] One of its generation's most compelling string ensembles, the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet brings its mastery and music to Corson Auditorium. The quartet has been described by Strad magazine as "thrilling," and praised by the Washington Post for its "glorious sonorities." This gifted quartet has won top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and [...] more...

JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 17, 2017
[ August 17, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] With more than 40 years of hits like "Thick as a Brick," "Aqua Lung," and "Locomotive Breath," one of the most iconic groups in rock history, the legendary Jethro Tull, comes to Kresge Auditorium for a night of stellar songs. Led by rock legend Ian Anderson, arguably the world's best-known rock and roll flutist, Jethro [...] more...

Enso String Quartet – Interlochen Arts Festival – August 19, 2017
[ August 19, 2017; 8:00 pm; ] One of its generation's most compelling string ensembles, the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet brings its mastery and music to Corson Auditorium. The quartet has been described by Strad magazine as "thrilling," and praised by the Washington Post for its "glorious sonorities." This gifted quartet has won top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and [...] more...

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