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Dear Friends,

Thank you for joining us for our Summer & Fall 2024 Season For Dreamers. This season, we invite you to explore your imagination, experience extraordinary talent in your backyard, and celebrate the ways live performance can transform communities and bring people together. The Center is the realization of a dream more than three decades in the making—that Northern Michigan would have a year-round home for the performing arts, showcasing artists from around the world alongside local and regional talent.

This season, be transported to The Big Easy by the singular sounds of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Dreamers of all ages will celebrate the songs and stories that have inspired generation after generation at When You Wish: A Musical Tribute to 100 Years of Magic. You’ll hear the stars of tomorrow, like Kanin Wren, Tanner Adell, and Alana Springsteen, and be able to say you “saw them when” right here in Northern Michigan. Hop on a boat to the Greek Isles for a hilarious and touching story of self-discovery, fueled by the timeless hits of ABBA in our production of the hit musical Mamma Mia!

This summer and fall also features more local and Michigan-made performances than ever before, with the return of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Bay View Music Festival; collaborations with Blissfest Music Organization, Crooked Tree Arts Center, and Lavender Hill Farm; and debut appearances by the Grand Rapids Ballet and Gilmore Piano Festival.

Performances like the one you’re about to enjoy are only one of the ways the Center works to serve all of Northern Michigan year-round. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we’ve grown our youth education programming to serve more students, presented free or low-cost shows at venues throughout our region, and created new accessibility initiatives to ensure that all members of our community may experience the joy and thrill of live entertainment. If you feel so moved, we invite you to learn more about how you can support these efforts on pages 22 & 23.

Thank you for dreaming with us, and enjoy the show!

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More than two decades ago, a regional culture plan laid out a vision for a performing arts venue that would serve this remarkable community we call home. We are honored to be a cultural and social hub for all in Northern Michigan.

The Mission • The Center's mission is to inspire, entertain, educate, and serve all in Northern Michigan year-round by presenting exceptional experiences across the full spectrum of the performing arts and offering impactful educational opportunities.

The Vision • By 2025, the Great Lakes Center for the Arts will be recognized as a leading Midwest performing arts presenter and provider of broadened cultural opportunities.

The Center is currently in the process of developing a new five-year strategic plan. This plan aims to create deeper connections with our community and increase access while maintaining our commitment to delivering exceptional performing arts experiences and impactful education programs.

Leadership Update

Effective August 1, Kassia Perpich will be promoted to Executive Director, and current Executive Director Matthew Kacergis will transition to the role of Artistic Director for the Center.

Thank you, Michael Kaiser!

Michael M. Kaiser has served as the Center's Artistic Director and Strategic Consulting Partner since 2014 and oversaw the design and construction of the state-of-the-art facility. We are grateful for his guidance, leadership, and service.

From Founding Chairman, David V. Johnson:

“When we set out to build the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, we were determined to give Northern Michigan a world-class facility befitting the world’s finest performers. I’ve learned along the way that there is always an expert. Michael was that expert, and his leadership will continue to benefit our community for years to come, and we’re so grateful to call him a partner and a friend.”


2024 Leadership

Executive Committee

Bill Clements, Finance Chair

David Crouse, Programming Chair

David V. Johnson, Founding Chair

Matthew Kacergis, Executive Director, Ex Officio

Paul Knapp, Operations Oversight Chair

Kathy Oswald, Board Chair

Bill Parfet, Development Chair & Board Vice-Chair

Irene Rogerson, Education Chair

Jane Warner, Governance Chair

Jason Zylstra, Investment Chair

Board of Directors

Bill Clements

David Crouse

Andrew Cummings

Don DeFosset

Jon Glass

Orlene Hawks

Lin Henkel

Lisa Herrick

Richard Hirrel

David V. Johnson

Matthew Kacergis, Executive Director, Ex Officio


& Events

Bill Parfet, Chair

Bill Clements

Lin Henkel

Jane Hourani

David V. Johnson


Jason Zylstra, Chair

Bill Clements

Lisa Herrick

Richard Hirrel

Paul Knapp

Kathy Oswald

Paul Knapp

Bill Mansfield

Sandy Mosher

Kathy Oswald

Bill Parfet

Irene Rogerson

Bob Walker

Jane Warner

Kurt Wietzke

Jason Zylstra


Irene Rogerson, Chair

Andrew Cummings

Trish Elkind

Orlene Hawks

Lisa Herrick

Jennifer Hughes

Governance & Nominating

Jane Warner, Chair

Don DeFosset

Richard Hirrel

Kathy Oswald

Finance & Audit

Bill Clements, Chair

Don DeFosset

Jon Glass

Lisa Herrick

Richard Hirrel

Paul Knapp

Sandy Mosher

Kathy Oswald

Jason Zylstra



Paul Knapp, Chair

Cheryl Bachelder

Denny Brya

Bill Mansfield

Bob Walker

Kurt Wietzke


David Crouse, Chair

Bill Mansfield

Sandy Mosher

Irene Rogerson

Kurt Wietzke


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Points of Contact

Executive Director

Matthew Kacergis

Associate Director

Kassia Perpich

Director of Venue Operations

Bob Brill

Venue Sales & Ticketing Manager

Ricky Hill

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program Director

David Reimer

Director of Education & Community Engagement

Rachel Sytsma-Reed

Director of Development

Christian M. Smith

Development Officer

Kali Blanchard

Director of Finance and Administration

Amy Smith

Director of Marketing

Alexandra Myers

Technical Director

CJ Winnell

The Center is lucky to have a team of dedicated, passionate, hard-working volunteers who ensure that every patron has a memorable experience.

Thank you, Volunteers, for donating your time and talent to support the performing arts.

Interested in volunteering? E-mail to get started!

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No food or beverages on the main floor seats of the theater other than twist-top water bottles purchased at concessions.


The Center is ADA accessible and is happy to help with special needs you may have during your visit. Please e-mail the Center at or call the Box Office at 231.439.2610 to make special requests before the event you are attending. Hearing assistance headsets and ear protection are available to be checked out at the Box Office before an event.

Cameras & Recordings

Audience photography, recording, or any other form of reproduction of performances may be prohibited based on the event. Recording for the purpose of distribution is always prohibited. Please pay attention to the pre-event information for event-specific guidelines.

Age Restrictions

Please use discretion and careful thought when bringing a younger audience member to an event. All of our patrons’ comfort is important, including yours and your young person’s. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to attend an event unless otherwise noted.

Venue Rentals

Our spaces such as the Community Engagement Room, Rooftop Terrace, Donor Lounge, and the Theater, are available for rent for your special occasion. Contact Venue Sales and Ticketing Manager, Ricky Hill at 231.439.2603 or for more information.

Digital Inserts

The Center is utilizing digital for events to offer patrons a more interactive, complete, and up-to-date experience. Inserts will remain accessible on the website until the close of the season. 231.439.2610
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TO DISCUSS YOUR WEDDING OR SPECIAL EVENT, contact Ricky Hill, Venue Sales & Ticketing Manager at or 231.439.2603

Increase your organization’s exposure and put your brand in the hands of a captive audience with an ad in a digital insert of your choosing. Digital inserts are full color and interactive, offering opportunities for click-through links directly to your website! Full color digital ad with click-through $350 per insert FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT 13 231.439.2610 IS YOUR BUSINESS PROTECTED? Cybersecurity Managed IT Services VoIP & Microsoft Teams Microsoft 365 231.487.2424 Contact Chad Wilson for a FREE Cybersecurity Protection Review:
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Made possible through the support of THE CUMMINGS FAMILY

Offering Exceptional Strings Music Education

Violin, viola, cello, and bass instruction in a classroom setting, through private lessons, and in youth ensembles.

Through classes held in 10 schools across Charlevoix, Emmet, and Antrim counties, students in 4th grade and above have access to a high quality string instrument education at no charge to their families.

Individual lessons and Suzuki Method instruction are also impactful opportunities for children as young as four to learn a stringed instrument in a customized setting.

The Dorothy Gerber Youth Orchestra is an all-star ensemble, combining advanced students in strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion from throughout the region who perform professional-level repertoire in concerts and on tour.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

An educational program of the Great Lakes Center for the Arts

The Dorothy Gerber Strings Program summer opportunities are intended to serve a wide range of students, including students not previously in the Gerber Program and summer visitors to the Northern Michigan area. 231.439.2610
July 8 – July 12 Summertime Suzuki Strings 17 July 15 – July 19 Summertime Strings Festivsl June 24 – June 28 Cummings Quartet Chamber Music Camp June 24 – August 10 Summer School of Music REGISTER & LEARN MORE at


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Friday, June 14, 2024

John M. Hall Auditorium, Bay View

Amy Cross, Soprano | Kelly Hale, Organ | Thomas Gunther, Baritone

A community masterpiece featuring over 120 local artists


Thursday, July 18, 2024

Robert Lakatoš, Violin (Serbia)

A high-energy orchestra pops with a ‘kick’


Saturday, September 7, 2024

John M Hall Auditorium, Bay View

Jeanmarie Riccobono, Clarinet

Musical echoes of an American summer


Saturday, October 5, 2024

Dmitri Berlinsky, Violin

The best of Beethoven



Thursday & Friday, December 12 & 13, 2

Annual Family Tradition with holiday fa

Concerts above are performed at 7pm at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts unless noted otherwise.

Sunday Series

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Arts Education

General Support and Sponsorship Opportunities

Directly support the Center's Next Gen and Dorothy Gerber Strings Programs, serving the youth in our community through the arts. Feel empowered knowing you are making a difference in the lives of nearly six thousand students annually.

Help grow the next generation of patrons and arts leaders with a gift today!

• DGSP is the sole provider of strings education north of Traverse City

• Keep group strings lessons free of charge for those in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet counties

Center Stage Sponsorships

Let your contribution take Center Stage. You can help bring exceptional entertainment to our rural community.

As a sponsor you can help the Center:

• Serve as an exciting cultural and social hub

• Keep ticket prices accessible for all Foster an appreciation for the arts

Make a Gift

to the area of greatest need

Support in this area impacts any of the efforts listed above as well as:

Stage and technical equipment

Affordable space use for local arts organizations

Community outreach and patron experiences



Benefit levels are determined annually based on giving levels. All levels include benefits of preceding levels.



• Customized benefits package.

• Recognition from Center Stage at a performance or education event.

PRODUCERS’ CIRCLE—$50,000-$99,999

• Exclusive event planned for you and your guests.

• Recognition from Center Stage at a performance or education event.

GREEN ROOM CLUB—$25,000-$49,999

• Invitation for two to the annual VIP All-Access Pass event, an interactive behind-the-scenes experience.

• Recognition from Center Stage at a performance or education event.

• Priority recognition in seasonal programs.

DIRECTORS’ SOCIETY—$10,000-$24,999

• Invitation for two to the annual Behind the Curtain event.

• Recognition from Center Stage at a performance or education event.


• Complimentary VIP ticket upgrade with purchase of general tickets for Speaker Series events.

• Access to VIP Concierge Services.

• Purchase of premium theater seats up to 48 hours prior to performance time as available.


• Access for you and your guests to the exclusive Donor Lounge before Center Stage events.

• Premium priority subscription access.

• Host your next event at the Center! 15% off all personal facility rentals.

FRIEND —$500-$2,499

• Priority subscription access.

• Invitation for two to an annual donor appreciation event.


• Updates on events, news, and special offers via e-mail.

• Recognition in program and listing on website. 231.439.2610
Make your gift today! Visit our website at or use the QR code above. For questions, please contact: Christian Smith, Director of Development at 231.439.2606 Kali Blanchard, Development Officer at 231.439. 2609

Made possible by generous support from

The Center offers broad experiences and school matinees that reach many students across the region, as well as intensive opportunities that reach specific student groups. Area youth interact with and learn from world-class artists while cultivating a stronger appreciation for the performing arts and accessing educational opportunities that transcend school walls. Thanks to the generous support of our family of donors and a grant from the State of Michigan, student performances are offered free of charge.



NEXT GEN EVENTS & EXPERIENCES since opening in 2018

Did You Know?

Next Gen runs the GLCFA Summer Internship Program in Arts Management, through which college students have a very special, curated educational experience right here alongside GLCFA staff.

Next Gen is proud to have hired 26 interns since opening in 2018.

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School Year Events

Mussorgsky in Miniature: Pictures at an Exhibition

The Human[kind] Cinema Series: Hidden Figures

Kate the Chemist

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Rainbow Fish

Interlochen Arts Academy Presents: Sleeping Beauty

Cirque Mechanics—Zephyr, A Whirlwind of Circus

Youth Civics Forum: What is Private Anymore?

Paige Hernandez, GLCFA's First Artist in Residence

The Okee Dokee Brothers

Upcoming Events

On the Road: Bullysaurus Rex

“GLCFA is such an amazing resource for our communities and is one of the only avenues for exposing our children to the performing arts locally. We are grateful for Next Gen!” -Area Teacher


Human[kind] Cinema Series: Freedom Writers

Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Community Arts Collaboration: 100 Ways to Read

The Kennedy Center's Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Step Afrika!

GLCFA Artists in Residence: Mayhem Poets

Next Gen supporters sustain important youth programming accessible to students all across Northern Michigan. You can help shape the Next Generation of community leaders, decision-makers, and arts patrons through your giving.

Donations to Next Gen support barrier free, impactful opportunities to educate through the arts in Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, and Otsego counties.


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Rachel Sytsma-Reed at 231.439.2604 or

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Tim and Pam Manthei

John R. McFarland

Matt and Katie McLeod Family Fund of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Pat and Carolyn McNamara

Hendrik and Liesel Meijer

Mitchell Graphics, Inc.

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Morawa

Deb and Joe Nachtrab

Michael and Constance Needles

Reiner Neumann

Janice Newsted and Barry Nauroth

Christine Neych

The Tom and Ellen Noneman Foundation

Jill O'Neill and JD Talbott

Dave and Carol Passmore

Dr. Robert and Alice Pattengale

Donald and Nancy Payzant

Gregg and Lisa Peabody in memory of Barbara Roguski

George and Andrea Peck

Marcy Pelton and Charles Schafer

Michael and Cindy Pettibone

Deborah Richardson and Mike Van Buren in memory of Cynthia Simon Kazanowski

Paul and Claudia Riemer Giving Fund

Michael Robertson and Robin DeVito

Allyn and Josephine Robinson

Hank and Carol Ross

William and Janet Sarran

Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Schiff

James and Kathy Schroeder

David and Beth Scinta

Alex and Rachel Scott

Randy Seiss and Lorraine Lund

Bill Shelton

Carrie and Dick Smith

Christian M. Smith

W. Sidney and Judy Smith

Bob and Sherry Sprotte

Mr. and Mrs. W. James Sprow III

Stephanie Stanton in memory of Nancy Knapp

Gale and Anne Stephens

Maggie Stewart

Clifford and Lucia Storr

Teri and Raymond Stout

Hi and Sharon Stover

Beth Mayer Swailes

Louise Taylor

Philip and Rachel Thornton

Janet and Phil Trotter

Julian and Sissy Van Winkle III on behalf of the Julian P. Van Winkle III Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville

Bill and Nancy Vaughn

Vernales Catering, Inc.

Matthew and Elizabeth Wawro

John and Susan Weaver

Tim and Kristin Weaver

Mike and Kim Weill

Aaron and Kimberly Westrick

Mrs. Mary Whitlock

James Randazzo

Todd and Pam Wyett

John and Sharon Zimmerman


Annual gifts of up to $499

Susan Affholter

Krisha Akerman

David Alexander

Martha Alexander

Serge Allan

Anonymous (6)

Anonymous - In memory of Nancy Knapp

Mark and Denise Antonishen

Lois Aroian

David and Laura Atchison

Jeff and Jill Bacigalupi

Linda Bade

Thea and Harold Baird

Danielle Bartlett

Biz Bauer

Christopher and Becca Baughman

Jeffrey and Laura Bennett

Marcia Blackburn

Kali Blanchard

Matthew and Nancy Blandford

Nick and Paulajean Bosch

Jeffery A. and Pamela Brancheau

Jacob Brewer

David Brines

Douglas Brown

Norma Brown

Sandra Brown in memory of Richard Brown

John Bruce

Frank and Sally Campi

Pat and Mike Carland

Christine and Russell Carpenter

Shawn Caulder

Bill and Ann Chatterson

Polly Cheney

William and Sandra Cicciarelli

Cindy Clark

Thomas Clem

Harry Colfer

Robert Conger

Dr. and Mrs. Eric Conley

Melanie Cook

John Coombs

Manuel Cordova

Dr. Frederick and Laura Corio

Lisa Cowell

Thomas and Teresa Crandell

Hans Creutz

Al and Jane Damschroder

BillieJo Days

Doug and Brenda Dean

Steven and Janet Dean

Lois and Gerald Decker

Marti DeGraaf

Dentistry by the Bay

Estate of Richard and Helen DeVos

Carol and Matt DeWys

Karen Diederichs

David and Lea Dietzel

Susan Dika

Mark and Tammy Doernenburg

The David E. and Elizabeth Domann Charitable Fund of The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust

Jean Donaldson

Michael and Karen Donnelly

Douglas and Amy Dove

Deanna Draze

Cara Drenth

Erin DuBois

Bruce and Christine Dunbar

Bruce and Nancy Dunn

Jason Dyer

Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls

Larry and Cathy Eckhardt

Julie Elenbaas

Melissa and Drew Elliot

Charles Elliott

Gordy and Lynn Engdahl

Jim and Phyllis Epps

Marguerite Fernandez

Clark and Jean Fetridge in memory of Nancy Knapp

Jerome and Jill Fine

Elise Fisher

Robert and Patricia


Allen Fitzpatrick in honor of Matthew Kacergis

Flowers from Sky's the Limit

Tom Fochtman

Jim and Judy Foreman

Leonard Forreider

Claire and Brian Forster

Bill and Mary Foster

Barry and Jean Frankel

Dave and Tina Frescoln

George and Maiga Friess

Ursula Froehlich

Sharon Frost

James Galbraith

Chance Gawlinski

Kay and Fred Geuder

Alan and Leanne Gillespie

Don and Beverly Goeman

David Goldthorpe

Andrea Naylor Golembiewski in memory of Dr. Guy Golembiewski

Brian and Nicole Graham

Virginia Grant

Paul and Lynn Greve

G's Shipping Store & More....

Edwin Gustafson

Paul and Francine Hack

Jon and Kris Hall

Chris and Tom Hammond

John and Marsha Hammond

Peter Hampton

John Harrison

Michael and Ellen Hatch

Orlene and Michael Hawks

Susan Heider

Bruce and Susan Herard

Joseph and Sara Beth Hickman

Alynna Himebauch

D. Mark and Lisa Hoffman

Bill and Elaine Horwath

Eleanor Host

Reed and Sally Howlett

Tara Hufford

Rusty and Jennifer Hughes

Keith D. Jackson

David and Sandra Jakubiak

Laura Jasurda

Judy Jenkins

Caroline Joaquin

Johanna Judson

Madge Johns

Richard and Lynnet Johnson

Jennifer Joneson

JR Construction

John and Shelly Kacergis

Justin Kazanowski and Emily Blocke

Michael Kazanowski

Robert and Diane Kazanowski

Peter and Jennifer Kehoe

Kim Kihnke

Ellen Kilpatrick

Terry and Katy Kittleson

Carolyn Klender

James and Kathryn Kline

Susan Klooster

Barbara and Steven Kohler

Kelley Korch

Linda Kortesoja

Chet and Sandra Kowal

Angela Krajniak

Mary Kropp

Greg and Jennifer Kwapis

Mark and Kathy Lajambe

Colleen Lange

Francine Lawrence

Marcia Lawrence

Phyllis Ledyard

Craig Lee

Maureen Delaney-Lehman and John W. Lehman

Nick Leighton

Monica Linehan

Mike Longfellow-Jones

Robert and Catherine Looby

Mark and Gwen Manthei

Manuel Martinez

Don and Eileen Martini

Kristen McClure

Laurie McGregor

Nik and Jamie McLane

McMurray Charitable Giving Fund of the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund

Kathleen Meier

Mary Merrill

John and Nancy Miett

Jane Millar

Louisa Miller

Marc and Cathy Miller

Michael and Toni Miller

Cynthia Morcott

Dawn Morris

Susanne Mueller

Scott and Barbara Muhlhauser

Garrett Muir

Chris Nathan

Tyler Neal

Elizabeth Nesmith

Franz and Joan Neubrecht


Sarah Oben

Randy Obermiller

Shaun Odell

Scot O'Neill

Kathy Oswald in honor of Jim and Mary Ann Harrington

Mary Otis

Ted and Lori Pall Charitable Fund of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation

Marina Pasca

Bill and Judy Patberg

Kraig Pendleton

Perry Pentiuk

Kassia Perpich

Terry Person

Petoskey Area Antiques Club in honor of Nancy Porter

Alina Petroni

Margie Phillips

Deedee Pichard

John Pickering and Susan Luttmann

Jeff and Wendy Piper

Miriam Pitlová

Michael Potter

Robert Pursel

Susan Pyke

Genene Radle

Joel Raven and Linda Rakolta

Craig Rapin

Leisa and Nicholas Ratu

Nicole and Scott LaDeur

Barbara and Glenn Reed

Gareth and LaVonne Reed

Millecent Riccinto

Brian Richardson

Courtney RichardsonVollmer

Patrick Richmond

Mimi and Steve Ritchie

Sara and Clarence Rivette

Sarah Roche

Jim and Jane Rodgers

Todd W. Roeser

John Franklin Roesner

Kelly Romano

Jeff and Linbo Roy

Dan Rusecki

Natalia Rush

Jeffrey Russell

Robin Sandenburgh

Sharon Schappacher

Dave Scharrer

Lisa Scholl

Marcela Schomp

Niki Schreiber

Suzanne Seitz

Margaret Seroppian

Eva Sharapova

Evelyn Sharapova

Gary and Colleen Shaw

Daniel Shumway

Jim and Judi Silverman

Chelsea Simms

Larry Simon

Linda Simon Sytsma

Ruth Skop

Don Slabaugh

Mary Ann Smith

Dibby and Scott Smith

Susan Sorlien

Pat and Leslie Speiser

Jon and Maggie Steffy

Merv and Leslie Sternberg

Paul and Jane Stewart

Ken Stonehouse

Jacqueline Stoodt

James and Elise Straus

Beth Strawbridge

Gary and Mary Street

Thomas Strickland

Mary Ellen Stroh

Aireauna Stubbs

Michael and Kathleen Sunday

Sunshine Charters

Robert Swanson

Michael and Kristen Sytsma in memory of Cynthia Simon


The Sytsma-Reed Family

Blaise Sytsma-Reed

Frederic Sytsma-Reed

Lena Sytsma-Reed

The Tabb Family, in honor of Matthew Kacergis' Birthday

Bob and Gretchen Tambellini

Jeff and Rebecca Tashjian

Don and Eileen Taylor

Tom and Marge Teske

The Giving Block

Shawni Thelen

David and Carol Thomas

Bob Thornbladh and Tina Pagnucco

Nick Tompkins

M. and J. Trowbridge

William Twiddy

Ida VanderPoorte and Brian Murphy

Paul and Maryagnes

Van Klaveren

Alan and Mary Lynn


Vine Ride Wine Tours

Steven and Jeanine Voller

RJ Waddell

Frank and Susan Wagner

Richard Wagner

Walloon Lake Country Club

Pamela and William Walsh

Wendy Warren

Anita Zaleski Weinraub

Doug and Stacy Wellings

The Welsh Family Foundation

Jeffrey and Candice


Thank You, Patrons!

This list reflects annual financial and in-kind contributions received between January 1, 2023 and April 12, 2024.

Patti Wheater

Gwen White-Erickson

Whitney Williams

Anthony Wilson

Vince Winkler-Prins

Ken Winter

Jeff and Veronica Winwood

Patricia Wise and Glendale Silverwood

Paul Wisniewski

Lynn Wolf

Elizabeth Wolfe-Brusher

Writing Dailey

Robin Young

Ellen Zienert

Carol Zyber

Your financial support is essential, and your name is important to us. If your name is incorrect or omitted, please let us know so we can correct our error.

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General Support

David and Kay Allan

Gay Cummings

Matt and Kathleen Davis

Lin and Herb Henkel

David V. and Pamela Johnson

Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

Gay Cummings

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Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation

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Richard and Tracy Hirrel

Katy Tabb and Matthew Kacergis

Paul and Nancy Knapp

The Mansfield Family Foundation

Gib and Sandy Mosher

The Offield Family Foundation

The Oswald and Hulsey Family

Robert and Annette Pocica

Christian M. Smith

Dean and Karin Teglia

Joseph and Jamie Ann Thomas on behalf of the Tamer Foundation

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy




Comedian Ivan Decker

JUNE 29 & 30 • MUSICAL REVUE When You Wish: A Tribute to 100 Years of Magic


The King’s Singers


Get Loud Entertainment Presents: Jo Dee Messina

JULY 13 • 2024 GALA SOUNDS OF MOTOR CITY Featuring The Temptations and The Four Tops


An Evening with Chris Botti


LeAnn Rimes

JULY 31 & AUGUST 1 • OPERA Bay View Music Festival Presents: Rossini’s Cinderella


Kanin Wren’s Taylor Swift Experience



AUGUST 10 • BROADWAY CONCERT The Four Phantoms in Concert

AUGUST 6-11 • A CONCERT ON WHEELS The Concert Truck


AUGUST 17 • DANCE Grand Rapids Ballet

AUG 30-SEPT 1 • MUSICAL THEATRE Mamma Mia! The Hit Musical, Live On Stage

SEPTEMBER 7 • BLUEGRASS An Evening with the Del McCoury Band


SEPTEMBER 15 • COMEDY & MAGIC Carbonaro: Lies On Stage

SEPTEMBER 22 •  LAS VEGAS LEGEND Clint Holmes, Between the Moon and New York City

SEPTEMBER 29 • AWARD-WINNING PIANIST Pianist Kasey Shao, 2024 Gilmore Young Artist


Lucie Arnaz: I GOT THE JOB! Songs from My Musical Past


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