Arts Season Previews: 2023-2024

Arts exhibitions and performances have returned in full swing to West Michigan. This season, there’s absolutely no shortage of concerts, symphonies, plays, musicals, ballet, visual arts and beyond. We have big Broadway shows like Mean Girls, Les Miserables and Wicked coming through; plenty of live performances with symphonies, ensembles and dancers taking to the stage; and powerful art exhibitions exploring race, culture and the future. With any luck and lots of work, all these amazing events and more will be coming to West Michigan in the year ahead. Here’s our annual guide to arts events for the coming season.


Fontana Chamber Arts 
359 Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 200, Kalamazoo

Fry Street Quartet, Oct. 13

Ben Gulley & Peter Dugan, Nov. 5

Castalian String Quartet, Feb. 23 

Cyrille Aimée, Mar. 15

American Brass Quintet, Apr. 20

Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

DSB: Tribute to Journey, Oct. 27

Veteran’s Day Tribute, Nov. 12

Vitamin String Quartet, Mar. 8

Grand Rapids Symphony 
300 Ottawa Ave. NW Ste. 100, Grand Rapids

Richard and Helen DeVos Classical:

Opening Night: Daniil Trifonov Plays Gershwin, Sept. 15-16

Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Sept. 29-30

Lehninger Conducts Liszt & Bartók, Oct. 20-21

Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight, Nov. 17-18

The Artistry of Vadim Gluzman, Jan. 12-13

All-American Masters, Feb. 2-3

Prokofiev Symphony No. 7, Mar. 1-2

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Mar. 22-23

A Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus Celebration, Apr. 12-13

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, May 10-11

Coffee Masterworks: 

Mozart & Grieg, Oct. 27

Mozart’s Haffner Symphony, Apr. 26

Fox Motor Pops:

Elf in Concert, Dec. 1-2

University of Michigan Health-West
Holiday Pops,
Dec. 21-23 

Celtic Landscapes with Eileen Ivers, Mar. 15-16

May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars & More!, May 3-4

Symphony Specials:

Violent Femmes, Oct. 6-7

Coco in Concert, Nov. 3-4

The Godfather, Jan. 5

Symphony with Soul: LeeLa James, Feb. 10

Black Panther in Concert, Feb. 16-17

The Gilmore in Grand Rapids: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mar. 28

A Night of Symphonic Boy Bands, Mar. 29

DTE Foundation Family Series: 

Wild Symphony, Jan. 20

Holland Chorale

Adventures in Harmony: Low Voice Edition, Oct. 3

Holland Chorale w/ Chanticleer, Oct. 23

Welcome Christmas, Dec. 17

Slightly Scandalous: Cole Porter Cabaret, Feb. 11

Masterpieces of Sacred Music: Handel Messiah, Apr. 20

Holland Symphony Orchestra
96 W. 15th St. Ste. 201, Holland 

The Planets, Sept. 30

Brahms 3, Oct. 28

Celebrate the Season, Dec. 9

Surprise Symphony, Mar. 9

Night at the Opera, Apr. 27 

Hope College Great Performance Series
100 E. Eighth St., Holland

Para.Mar Dance Theatre, Sept. 22-23

Escher String Quartet, Oct. 26

Brad Mehldau Trio, Nov. 16

Lavinia Meijer, Jan. 26

Galvin Cello Quartet, Feb. 29

The Other Mozart, Mar. 22

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra 
359 Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 100, Kalamazoo

A Night on Swan Lake, Sept. 23

Craft Music: Classics on Tap, Oct. 4

Bachtoberfest, Oct. 21

El Amor Brujo: Love Bewitched, Oct. 29

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Nov. 11

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Nov. 18

Craft Music: Folk Songs, Jan. 17

Symphony of Brotherhood: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jan. 21 

Saxy, And We Know It, Jan. 28

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert, Feb. 2 

Mozart’s Requiem, Feb. 24

Magical Melodies, Mar. 5

Music, She Wrote, Mar. 10

Journeys: Shostakovich, Ravel & Marsalis, Mar. 23

Opera Returns! Puccini’s Tosca, Apr. 19

Craft Music: Great American Songbook, May 22

Strings Attached, June 2 

Saugatuck Center for the Arts 
400 Culver St., Saugatuck

Marcia Ball & Tinsley Ellis - Acoustic Songs & Stories, Sep. 22

Heartache Tonight - Eagles Tribute, Oct. 7

Bravo! An evening of Opera, Broadway, and Jazz, Nov. 11 & 12

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Nov. 18

St. Cecilia Music Center 
24 Ransom Ave. NE, Grand Rapids 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:

Trios Transformed, Nov. 9 

Instrumental Array, Mar. 7

String Magic, Apr. 18

Spectacular Jazz Series: 

Madeleine Peyroux, Oct. 21 

Blue Note Records 85th Anniversary, Jan. 18 

Samara Joy, Mar. 26

Acoustic Cafe Folk:

Rhiannon Giddens, Sept. 19

Amos Lee, Oct. 12 

Jerry Douglas, Nov. 16 

Allison Russell, Jan. 16

March Cohn, Apr. 11

Stulberg International String Competition
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Esme Arias Kim w/ WMU Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 1

Amelia Zitoun w/ WMU Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 11

Daniel Bae w/ Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Nov. 19

Starla Breshears w/ Kalamazoo Jr. Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 11

Dongyoung Jake Shim w/ Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Mar. 24

Bach Prize Award, May 17

Stulberg Finals, May 18

The Gilmore
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Rising Star: Janice Carissa, Sept. 10

Baby Grands: Esteban Castro, Oct. 7

Rising Star: Esteban Castro Trio, Oct. 8

Rising Star: Illia Ovcharenko, Oct. 29

Rising Star: Sean Mason Trio, Dec. 3

West Michigan Symphony 
360 W. Western Ave. Ste. 200, Muskegon

Aretha: A Tribute, Sept. 29 

Scheherazade and More, Nov. 3

Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho, Dec. 9

Home for the Holidays, Dec. 15

Mozart and Beethoven, Jan. 26

The Seasons: Reimagined, Feb. 23

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Cherish the Ladies, Mar. 15

WMS Around the World Part II, Apr. 19

Rhapsody In Blue, May 10

Vintage Parlor Orchestra

Classical Brews at Creston V, Sept. 22-23


Actors Theatre
160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, Sept. 14-23

Oil and Sugar, Dec. 7-16

Affinity Lunch Minutes, Feb. 1-10

Paradise Lost, May 2-11

Barn Theatre
13351 M-96, Augusta

Nunsense, Aug. 29-Sept. 3

Clue: The Play, Sept. 7-10

The Gift, Sept. 14-17

Broadway Grand Rapids
122 Lyon St. NW, Grand Rapids

Funny Girl, Sept. 19-24

Tina, Nov. 7-12

Disney’s Aladdin, Jan. 16-21

Les Miserables, Mar. 5-10 

To Kill A Mockingbird, Apr. 23-28

Wicked, May 2-June 2

MJ, July 9-14

Central Park Players
421 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven

Wait Until Dark, Oct. 13-22

Parfumerie, Dec. 8-17

Half Baked, Mar. 8-17

School House Rock Live, May 10-19

Circle Theatre
1703 Robinson Rd. SE, Grand Rapids

Sweeney Todd, Sept. 7-23

Deos Contemporary Ballet
1595 Galbraith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

Trifles: A Murder Mystery Ballet, Sept. 30-Oct. 1

EMBER Series, Mar. 16-17

AWAKEN Series, May 2024

Face Off Theatre
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo

Exit Strategy, Oct. 19-22

Farmers Alley Theatre Kalamazoo
221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo 

Working the Musical, Sept. 21-Oct. 8

Addy & Uno, Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Every Brilliant Thing, Nov. 30-Dec. 17 

Native Gardens, Jan. 25-Feb. 4

Skeleton Crew, Mar. 7-17

Sondeim on Sondheim, Apr. 25-May 12

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, June 12-23

School of Rock The Musical, July 17-28

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

Matilda: The Musical, Nov. 16-18

The Little Mermaid, Feb. 8-10

TBA, Mar. 21-23

Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

The Magic of Motown, Oct. 6

World Ballet Series: Cinderella, Oct. 8

Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Dec. 7-10

The Nutcracker, Dec. 9

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Apr. 12-20

Gilmore Theatre/WMU Theatre 
1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Clue, Nov. 10-19 

Next Stop, Broadway!, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 

More Fun Than Bowling, Feb. 2-11

Argonautika, Mar. 15-24

Spongebob Squarepants, Apr. 5-14

Julius Caesar, May 17-26 

Grand Rapids Ballet
341 Ellsworth Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

Contemporary Visions, Oct. 6-8

The Nutcracker, Dec. 8-17

Sleeping Beauty, Feb. 23-25 

Jumpstart 2024, Mar. 22-24

In the Upper Room, Apr. 26-May 5

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids 

The Spongebob Musical, Sept. 15-Oct. 8

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Nov. 17-Dec. 17

Clyde’s, Jan. 19-29

Disney’s Descendants, Mar. 1-17

Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express, Apr. 19-May 5

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, June 7-30

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids 
2727 Michigan NE, Grand Rapids 

Judgment at Nuremberg, Oct. 12-22 

The Hatmaker’s Wife, Feb. 29-Mar. 10

Dov and Ali, June 8-9

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
329 S. Park St., Kalamazoo

Big Fish, Sept. 15-Oct. 1

All Of Us: A Celebration of BIPOC Voices, Oct. 6-15 

Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Oct. 27-Nov. 5

Barbecue, Nov. 10-19 

The Sound of Music, Nov. 24-Dec. 17

The Lion In Winter, Jan. 12-21 

Cats: Young Actors Edition, Jan. 26-Feb 4

Is There Life After High School?, Feb. 16-25 

The 39 Steps, Mar. 8-17

Forever Plaid, Apr. 5-14 

The Lion King Jr., Apr. 19-28

Catch Me If You Can, May 3-19

Miller Auditorium
2200 Auditorium Dr, Kalamazoo

Mean Girls, Oct. 24-25

Emo Orchestra, Oct. 28

A Magical Cirque Christmas, Dec. 6-7

A Carpenters Christmas, Dec. 19

Jagged Little Pill, Jan. 16-17

Come From Away, Jan. 30-31

My Fair Lady, Mar. 10

DRUM TAO, Mar. 17

Jesus Christ Superstar, Mar. 26-27

Omnium Circus, Apr. 6

Annie, May 6

Muskegon Civic Theatre 
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

Little Shop of Horrors, Oct. 6-21

Calendar Girls, Nov. 17-Dec. 3

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, Jan. 12-20

Tony ‘N’ Tina’s Wedding, Apr. 12-20

The Glorious World Of Crowns, Kinks & Curls, Feb. 9-24

Ragtime, May 2-5

New Vic Theatre
134 E. Vine St., Kalamazoo

A Christmas Carol, Nov. 17-Dec. 22

Opera Grand Rapids
1320 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids

Season Kickoff: Dr. Miracle, Sept. 16

The Abduction from the Seraglio, Oct. 13-14

Chorus Concert, Nov. 16

The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Feb. 9-10

Opera is Lit, Mar. 14

La Bohème, Apr. 19-20

Wharton Center for Performing Arts 
750 E. Shaw Ln., East Lansing

The Magic of Motown, Sept. 30

To Kill A Mockingbird, Oct. 3-8 

World Ballet Series: Cinderella, Oct. 10

When You Wish Upon A Star, Oct. 19

Dixie’s Tupperware Party, Oct. 19-20

Hairspray, Nov. 28-Dec. 3

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Dec. 6

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet, Dec. 8

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dec. 14

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Dec. 18

Mamma Mia!, Jan. 16-21

Funny Girl, Feb. 6-11

Maria Schneider Orchestra, Feb. 23

Moulin Rouge!, Apr. 2-14

SIX, May 14-19


Broad Art Museum 
547 E. Circle Dr., East Lansing

Shouldn’t You Be Working? 100 Years of Working from Home, Through Dec. 17

Andrea Canepa: As we dwell in the fold, Through Jan. 21

Resistance Training: Arts, Sports, and Civil Rights, Through Feb. 18

Seeing in 360 Degrees: The Zaha Hadid Collection, Through 2026

Frauenthal Center
425 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

Holly Sturges, Through Oct. 12

Evie Carrier, Oct.-Nov.

Barbara Schilling, Dec.-Jan.

Franciscan Artists, Feb.

Muskegon Showcase, Mar.

Kris & Bob Brown, Apr.-May

Jackie Lindrup & Nancy Armitage, June-July

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center
600 Forest Hill Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

Gretka Domer, Through Sept. 15

Ralph “Nunzi” Annunziata, Sept. 20-Oct. 27

Staff & Community Exhibit, Nov. 6-Dec. 15

Susan Rose Memorial Exhibit, Jan. 10-Feb. 9

Mayfield Fiber Artists, Feb. 14-Mar. 14

Student Art Exhibit, Mar. 20-Apr. 19

Easels 9, May 15-June 28

Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Cristina Iglesias: Under and In Between, Through Sept. 24

Grand Rapids Art Museum 
101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids

Message from Our Planet: Digital Art from the Thoma Collection, Through Sept. 9

Ellsworth Kelly & Jack Youngerman: Surrounding Shapes, Through Sept. 16

Everything Beautiful in its Time: Six Centuries of Prints, Sept. 2-Dec. 3

Underneath Everything: Humility and Grandeur in Contemporary Ceramics, Oct. 7-Jan. 14

Experimental Film Selections from Open Projector Night, Oct. 7-Jan. 14

The Outwin: American Portraiture Today, June 1-Sept. 15

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 
314 South Park St., Kalamazoo 

A Bridge Between Two Worlds: Works by Wu Jian’an, Sept. 16-Dec. 31

C. C. Wang: Lines of Abstraction, Sept. 16-Dec. 31

Arty’s Perspectives, Through Sept. 10

Celebrate!, Sept. 23-Jan. 14

Unveiling American Genius, Through Dec. 31

223 W. Main St., Lowell

Fallasburg Arts Festival, Sept. 16-17

Regional Arts Exhibition: Awards Show, Sept. 23

LowellArts Artist Market, Nov. 9-Dec. 23

GVSU Art Gallery 
1 Campus Dr., Allendale 

Mathias J. Alten: An Evolving Legacy, Through 2031 

Another Side of Bob Dylan: Photographs from the Douglas R. Gilbert Collection, Through June 28, 2024

Beyond the Binary: Artists Illustrate the Complexities of Gender, Through June 28, 2024

LaFontsee Galleries & Farming
833 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

Cut & Paste, Oct. 21-Nov. 4

Muskegon Museum of Art 
296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon

Oddities & Delights, Sept. 14-Feb. 25

Tiffany Lamps: The Richard H. Driehaus Collection, Sept. 7-Jan. 14

The Lessons I Leave You: Paintings by Ayana Ross, Through Sept. 10

Saugatuck Center for the Arts 
400 Culver St., Saugatuck

Creative Fellow Mindy Trafman, Through Dec. 31

Of Plants and Place, Ongoing

Foreshadowing - Endangered & Threatened Plant Species, Ongoing

Ningaaseg, Oct. 20-Jan. 26

A Bright Night: Free Community Celebration, Oct. 27