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Northern Michigan 2022 holiday concert guide

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Interlochen Public Radio's comprehensive guide to live, in-person holiday concerts in northern Michigan this season

From the Nutcracker to the NMC Concert Band and Children's Choirs, from Messiah to madrigal singers, from community choirs to ragtime piano to Celtic Christmas to theater organs to variety shows to jazz bands to handbells, 'tis the season for live music in Northern Michigan.

Event information subject to change. Please check with the venue or organization for the most up-to-date information.

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Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
Northern Michigan Chorale: Heartland Holidays
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor
$15 Adults | $12 Seniors (65+) | $12 Students (11-18) | Age 10 & Under FREE
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Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
NMC Children's Choirs: Fall concert
Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City
Adult tickets starting at $13, senior/student tickets starting at $8
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Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
TSO Civic String Orchestra: Ring in the Holidays
First Congregational Church, Traverse City
Free admission
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Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.
Parallel 45 Theatre and Ben Whiting present an interactive reading of A Christmas Carol in Prose
Cathedral Barn at Historic Barns Park, Traverse City
Adults $75, 12 & under $15
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Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Leelanau Children's Choir and Leelanau Youth Ensemble
Leland Community United Methodist Church, Leland
Adults $15, students $5
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Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Leelanau Community Choir: Christmas Together in Song
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leland (Saturday)
Congregational Church, Suttons Bay (Sunday 2:30 p.m.)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Glen Arbor (Sunday 7 p.m.)
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Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre presents the Nutcracker
Central High School Auditorium, Traverse City
Adults $20, students $12
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Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Manitou Winds: Winter Songs and Carols
Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City
Free admission
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Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.
Christmas with Switchback
Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall, Elk Rapids
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Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
A WSCC Holiday Rock Spectacular Reunion
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee
Tickets starting at $15
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Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Northern Lites Readers Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life (A Live Radio Play)
Up North Arts, Cadillac
$10
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Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.
Little Traverse Choral Society concert
Petoskey United Methodist Church (Saturday) and First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs (Sunday)
$15 adults, $5 students, children free
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Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.
Helen Welch: A Carpenters Christmas
Cheboygan Opera House, Cheboygan
$30 Adults / $25 Veterans & Seniors / $10 Students
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Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church: 44th Annual Messiah Sing
Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City
Free to participate and attend
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Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.
Jordan Valley Community Band Holiday Concert
East Jordan High School, East Jordan
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Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Interlochen Arts Academy Jazz Orchestra: Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite
Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen
Adults $15, students $12
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Monday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.
Cadillac Philharmonic Club: Christmas Collage and Community Singalong
Cadillac United Methodist Church, Cadillac
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Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
West Shore Community College: Wind Symphony and Drumline winter concert
Manistee High School Auditorium, Manistee
Free
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Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
West Shore Community College: Concert Choir winter concert
Center Stage Theater at WSCC, Scottville
Free
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Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
Ferris State University Jazz Band: Holiday Concert
Williams Auditorium, Big Rapids
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Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
West Shore Community College: Jazz Ensembles winter concert
Center Stage Theater at WSCC, Scottville
Free
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Thursday, Dec. 8, Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.
Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Division: The Nutcracker
Corson Auditorium, Interlochen
Adults $35, students $17
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Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.
Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriffs Association presents Kari Holmes
Lars Hockstad Auditorium, Traverse City
$20 single, $35 couple, $50 family (up to 8 people)
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Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Benzie County Community Chorus: A Classical Christmas Choral Concert
St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah (Friday and Saturday)
Frankfort United Methodist Church, Frankfort (Sunday)
Free
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Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
NMC Concert Band: 2022 Holiday Concert
Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City
Adult tickets starting at $13, senior/student tickets starting at $8
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Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
Community Christmas Carolling
Interlochen Public Library, Interlochen
Free
More information: call (231) 276-6767

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.
Merry TubaChristmas Traverse City holiday singalong
First Congregational Church, Traverse City
Free
(immediately followed by Encore Winds holiday concert - see below)

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.
Encore Winds holiday concert
First Congregational Church, Traverse City
Adults $15, seniors: $10, students: $5, under 12 free
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Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet: The Nutcracker
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor
Adult tickets starting at $30, student tickets $10
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Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.
Winter Sounds Concert with Traverse City West Middle School Madrigal Singers
Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville
Adults $10, children free
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Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.
The Stone Fruit Collective presents The Haunting of Ebenezer
Willowbrook Mill, Northport
$15
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Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
NMC Jazz Band: Winter Jazz Ensemble Showcase
Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City
Adult tickets starting at $13, senior/student tickets starting at $8
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Saturday, Dec. 10
Gaylord Community Orchestra and Choir: Christmas Concert
Gornick Auditorium, Gaylord
Adults $15 | Students FREE
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Sunday, Dec. 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Cherry Capital Men's Chorus performs holiday favorites
Traverse Area District Library Woodmere Branch, Traverse City
Free
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Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
Northport Community Band and Village Voices holiday concert
Northport Performing Arts Center, Northport
Adults $15, students $5, Northport Public Schools students free (with accompanying adult)
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Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.
Jazzy Christmas
Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City
Free
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Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.
Christmas concert with Nick Veine and Ben Traverse
Old Kirke Museum, Manistee
Free
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Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.
Ferris State University West Central Concert Band and West Central Chamber Orchestra: A Symphonic Santa Sunday Family Holiday Concert
Williams Auditorium, Big Rapids
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Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Holly Jolly Holiday Music with the Happy Time Banjos
Peninsula Community Library, Traverse City
Free
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Thusday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
A Christmas Carol adapted by Drew Gibson & Don Kuehlhorn
Arts for All of Northern Michigan, Traverse City
Free
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Thursday, Dec. 15 and Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and Chorus: Handel's Messiah
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor
Adult tickets starting at $35; students, veterans and active duty military free
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Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Old Town Playhouse Young Company: Holiday Cabaret
Old Town Playhouse mainstage, Traverse City
Adults $16, under 18 $8
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Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.
Holiday concert and singalong on the "Mighty" Wurlitzer theater organ with Dave Calendine
Music House Museum, Williamsburg
All tickets $25
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Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Michigan Ballet Theater presents the Nutcracker
Northport Performing Arts Center, Northport
Adults $20, students $5, Northport Public Schools students free (with accompanying adult)
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Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.
Interlochen Arts Academy: Sounds of the Season
Corson Auditorium, Interlochen
Adults $29, students $17
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Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
Traverse Symphony Jazz Orchestra: Home for the Holidays - Let it swing!
Lars Hockstad Auditorium, Traverse City
Tickets starting at $25.50
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Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.
Peter Bergin holiday concert
Traverse Area District Library Woodmere branch, Traverse City
Free
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Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
Handbells holiday concert
Traverse Area District Library Woodmere branch, Traverse City
Free
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Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.
The Founding presents A Celtic Christmas
Cheboygan Opera House, Cheboygan
$30 Adults | $25 Veterans | $10 Students
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Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Winter solstice community ritual celebration featuring Song of the Lakes
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, Traverse City
Free
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Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Blissfest presents a Winter Solstice Celebration
Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey
Tickets starting at $25
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Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
John Lloyd Young: Heart of Christmas
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor
Tickets starting at $37
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Friday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Christmas at the Old Art Building: A Variety Show Spectacular
Old Art Building, Leland
$40
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