Wharton Center for Performing Arts

750 E Shaw Ln
East Lansing,  MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-1982



Events

Jessica Lang Dance

Jessica Lang Dance
07:30 pm - 01/24/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A prolific choreographer of skillfully constructed dances that respectfully mesh with music and striking visual design.” –The New Yorker This groundbreaking...

The Best of Bernstein's Broadway

The Best of Bernstein's Broadway
08:00 pm - 02/16/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

To commemorate the 2018 Leonard Bernstein centennial, acclaimed conductor of the Louisville Orchestra (and youngest music director ever of a major American orchestra)...

Regina Carter: Simply Ella

Regina Carter: Simply Ella
08:00 pm - 02/22/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I’m entranced by her. [She] is sublime … I’m so excited to celebrate an artist who has meant so...

Promethea In Prison

Promethea In Prison
07:30 pm - 02/27/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Promethea in Prison is an innovative theatrical reading of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound presented as a catalyst for discussion about the relationships between the...

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon
07:30 pm - 03/12/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL.” –The New Yorker Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Misérables....

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
07:30 pm - 03/19/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Superbly tuneful fun!” –NYTimes.com Six years ago, this amazing global sensation astounded and delighted Wharton audiences. In this triumphant return, they...

I and You

I and You
08:00 pm - 03/22/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, with an urgent assignment...

Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey Jazz Festival
06:30 pm - 03/24/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

At 60 years of age, Monterey Jazz Festival holds the distinction of being the longest consecutively-running jazz festival in the world. This tour celebrates Monterey...

The Other Mozart

The Other Mozart
07:30 pm - 03/27/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The forgotten story of Mozart’s sister, performed by one extraordinary actress. “Strikingly Beautiful” –The New York Times Called “Fascinating and irresistibly...

Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman
07:30 pm - 04/02/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“… one of the most gifted and brilliant and versatile [pianists around].” –The Washington Post Witness piano as you’ve never heard it before when Yefim...

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6
07:30 pm - 04/10/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

With twenty Grammy® Awards between them, two iconic groups have joined forces in The Summit. This is an EVENT! In The Summit, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6...

Hamilton: An American Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical
07:30 pm - 05/14/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the...

Past Events

Anastasia - The Musical

Anastasia - The Musical
07:30 pm - 01/15/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Mid-Michigan at last! From the Tony Award® winning creators...

National Symphony of Romania

National Symphony of Romania
06:30 pm - 01/13/2019

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

This acclaimed ensemble of vibrant young musicians is known as Romania’s best and brightest orchestra. It has earned a reputation for delivering performances with...

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
08:00 pm - 12/21/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Mannheim Steamroller RULES Christmas!” –Business Week Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy®...

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof
07:30 pm - 12/04/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“AN ENTIRELY FRESH, FUNNY AND GORGEOUS NEW PRODUCTION. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!” –New York Magazine Audiences across North America are toasting a new production...

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir
06:30 pm - 11/18/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Sheer jubilation … the rhythm of life.” –Herald Sun, Melbourne “… absolutely thrilling singers … dazzling music.” –Billboard Formed to celebrate...

Broadway's Next H!T Musical

Broadway's Next H!T Musical
08:00 pm - 11/16/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Tony Awards® meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? All improvised and all funny, every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different! The New York Times...

Steve Martin & Martin Short

Steve Martin & Martin Short
06:30 pm - 11/04/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“It’s all fun and games till the banjos come out.” –Martin Short “The good thing about traveling with Marty is that he can fit in the overhead compartment.”...

The Dustbowl Revival

The Dustbowl Revival
07:30 pm - 11/01/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Dustbowl Revival’s upbeat, old-school, allamerican sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure...

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
07:30 pm - 10/30/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

For over a century, the Czech Philharmonic has represented the pinnacle of Czech cultural achievement. In 1896, Antonin Dvořák conducted the orchestra’s debut...

Momix: Opus Cactus

Momix: Opus Cactus
06:30 pm - 10/21/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“…with its wit, beauty and sheer physical daring, it typifies Momix at its inspired best.” –Newsday If Salvador Dali and Leonardo da Vinci joined forces...

Renee Fleming

Renee Fleming
07:30 pm - 10/16/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming returns to captivate us with her sumptuous voice, unsurpassed artistry,...

Love Never Dies

Love Never Dies
07:30 pm - 10/09/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Love Never Dies is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to one of the most successful musicals of all time – The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after his...

School of Rock

School of Rock
07:30 pm - 09/18/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film,this...

Disney's The Lion King - Broadway Bound! package

Disney's The Lion King - Broadway Bound! package
09:00 am - 07/14/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Broadway Bound! package: $225* City Opera House is Broadway Bound! Join your City Opera House hosts for a first-class experience at Wharton Center for Performing...

Disney's The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King
07:30 pm - 07/11/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist....

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem
07:30 pm - 05/02/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The internationally acclaimed Dance Theatre of Harlem is celebrating close to 50 years of creating vivid and ingenious forms of expression, bringing a contemporary...

To Ray With Love Starring Maceo Parker

To Ray With Love Starring Maceo Parker
08:00 pm - 04/20/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

A young saxophonist from North Carolina once stood outside the Greensboro Coliseum hoping to catch just a glimpse of his idol, Ray Charles. That young man went on...

Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey

Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey
01:30 pm - 04/15/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” mice, he is labeled as a loser. To get away from the continuous badgering,...

Colin and Brad: Scared Scriptless

Colin and Brad: Scared Scriptless
08:00 pm - 04/07/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man...

Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage
07:30 pm - 04/02/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage ’s plays, including Ruined and Intimate Apparel, have been produced widely, and often deal with...

Clementine

Clementine
01:30 pm - 03/24/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Clementine is having a terrible week, but this spunky eightyear-old doesn’t let her daily visits to the principal’s office get her down! Clementine tries to...

Something Rotten

Something Rotten
07:30 pm - 03/13/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, Something Rotten! is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious...

Sunny Wilkinson with the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band

Sunny Wilkinson with the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band
07:00 pm - 03/11/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Lansing Symphony Jazz Band presents 17 of Michigan’s finest jazz musicians playing selections ranging from the classics of the big band era to the most current...

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma
07:30 pm - 02/26/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“I can’t imagine a more perfect performance than the one I experienced.” –MassLive Cello icon Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax, and violinist...

The Birdland All-Stars

The Birdland All-Stars
08:00 pm - 02/24/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Birdland All-Stars have been thrilling audiences at the “Jazz Corner of the World” for the last ten years. This dynamic new ensemble, straight from the jazz...

Cancelled: On Your Feet! - Broadway Bound! trip

Cancelled: On Your Feet! - Broadway Bound! trip
09:00 am - 02/17/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The COH Broadway Bound! trip via luxury motor coach to see OYF! at Wharton Center has been cancelled. The City Opera House Box Office will be in contact with ticket...

Lungs

Lungs
07:30 pm - 02/15/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Genius” –Washingtonian “A beautifully crafted love story that is not only intensely personal but also poignantly universal.” –Toronto Star On a trip...

On Your Feet!

On Your Feet!
07:30 pm - 02/13/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of...

On Your Feet! College Night

On Your Feet! College Night
06:00 pm - 02/13/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

CONGA YOUR WAY TO COLLEGE NIGHT! Wharton Center Student Marketing Organization will be kicking off their college night series with ON YOUR FEET! All student ticket...

Visions from Cape Breton & Beyond - East Lansing, MI

Visions from Cape Breton & Beyond - East Lansing, MI
07:30 pm - 02/08/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Starring the fierce fiddling duo Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, who command the stage with an explosive celebration of raw energy and passion that infuses...

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
07:30 pm - 02/08/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

It’s all in the family when master musicians Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy perform a new show with some very special guests – their children! These exceptional...

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan
07:30 pm - 02/06/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A delight. Elegant, gorgeous and a sheer joy.” –Metro London We are all challengers. Let us challenge together. –Yamato The Yamato drummers return to...

Dragons Love Tacos and More!

Dragons Love Tacos and More!
01:30 pm - 01/27/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

If you want to throw a party for dragons, you have to remember the tacos. Dragons love tacos. All kinds of tacos! POOLS OF TACOS. But save the salsa. When dragons...

Waitress

Waitress
07:30 pm - 01/23/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“THE WOMEN OF WAITRESS ARE CHANGING BROADWAY!” –TIME magazine This irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy® nominee Sara...

Squirrel Nut Zippers and Davina & The Vagabonds

Squirrel Nut Zippers and Davina & The Vagabonds
07:30 pm - 01/18/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

A night of unique southern sound – hot jazz, soul, blues and swing. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ breakthrough album, Hot,...

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre: Matinee

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre: Matinee
07:30 pm - 01/17/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A sexy meditation on romantic escapism...” –Minneapolis Star Tribune Be transported to a time of grainy, romantic films in which celluloid characters pass...

Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella

Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella
08:00 pm - 01/12/2018

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

A wistful young woman, her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, a fairy godmother and her handsome prince: the classic story of Cinderella is a treat for all ages,...

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
07:30 pm - 12/12/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME magazine. Vogue cheers,...

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy
07:30 pm - 12/04/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Appointed by President Obama in 2009 as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation, and subsequently appointed head...

Vienna Boys Choir: Holiday

Vienna Boys Choir: Holiday
07:30 pm - 11/28/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Nothing evokes the joy and magic of the season like these celestial voices performing everything from Gregorian chant to popular holiday favorites from around the...

An American in Paris

An American in Paris
07:30 pm - 11/14/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

An American in Paris is the new Tony Award® winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning...

Jeff Daniels & The Ben Daniels Band

Jeff Daniels & The Ben Daniels Band
03:00 pm - 11/12/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Emmy-winning actor, musician and Michigan native Jeff Daniels comes to Wharton Center with the Ben Daniels Band for one performance only! In 1976, Jeff bought a...

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
07:30 pm - 11/07/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

One the world’s top orchestras returns to Wharton Center under the baton of Pavel Kogan. This time, Narek Hakhnazaryan joins the orchestra. This young Armenian...

David Sedaris

David Sedaris
08:00 pm - 11/03/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The celebrated NPR humorist and bestselling author returns for an evening of captivating conversation and social satire. His sardonic wit and incisive social critiques...

Travis Wall's Shaping Sound

Travis Wall's Shaping Sound
07:30 pm - 11/01/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Through his Emmy® Award-winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has become one of America’s favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of...

An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

An Acoustic Evening With Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
06:30 pm - 10/31/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

LYLE LOVETT A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for...

David Ignatius

David Ignatius
07:30 pm - 10/30/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Bestselling author, Washington Post columnist, and co-moderator with Fareed Zakaria of the online journalism discussion group PostGlobal, David Ignatius has been...

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat
01:30 pm - 10/28/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“We looked! And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!” From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that...

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard
07:30 pm - 10/17/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Based on the smash-hit film, the award-winning musical The Bodyguard will star Grammy® Award nominee and R&B powerhouse Deborah Cox! Former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard...

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
07:30 pm - 10/10/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago makes its long-awaited return! One of the greatest dance companies of all time, the ensemble celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season...

Hockey - The Musical!

Hockey - The Musical!
07:30 pm - 08/24/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Noted author, columnist, and playwright Mitch Albom again takes us into the world of musical comedy with his irresistible farce Hockey - The Musical! Now in its...

Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman
03:00 pm - 06/18/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The phenomenal Celtic Woman, about to embark on yet another world tour, is celebrating 12 years of success, with over 10 million albums and 3 million tickets sold...

Fun Home

Fun Home
07:30 pm - 06/06/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking,”...

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Wayne Shorter Quartet
08:00 pm - 04/21/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A band of spellbinding intuition, with an absolute commitment to the spirit of discovery, it has had an incalculable influence on the practice of jazz in the...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
07:30 pm - 04/18/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Be prepared for two things: a continued devotion to tradition, but also big, refreshing surprises.” –Chicago Tribune “Unbelievable. Go see Ailey. It’s...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
07:30 pm - 04/11/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including BEST PLAY, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is in its second...

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
08:00 pm - 04/07/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the follow-up to the smash Edible Inevitable tour, will hit the road in 2017. Fans can expect all-new everything including songs,...

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates
06:30 pm - 04/03/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Over the last few years, Ta-Nehisi Coates has established himself as one of America’s finest intellectuals, a writer whose essays are so powerful and rigorously...

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines
07:30 pm - 03/30/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! “One of the best jazz bands in New York today.” –Forbes Magazine YOU DEMANDED – SO, THEY’RE BACK! The Hot Sardines return with...

RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour

RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour
08:00 pm - 03/17/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway...and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan...

Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake

Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake
07:30 pm - 03/14/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

In Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the music is deep and rich, the performers strong as muscle yet light as a feather – and all will enchant you in this full-length...

Jessica Lang Dance

Jessica Lang Dance
07:30 pm - 02/28/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“What makes Lang’s work groundbreaking is that she hasn’t just discovered some clever effects – she meticulously choreographs these on-screen interactions...

Pete the Cat

Pete the Cat
01:30 pm - 02/25/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Pete the Cat never loses his cool. Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. That is until the groovy blue cat moves in with the Biddles for the summer. Can cat...

Cabaret

Cabaret
07:30 pm - 02/21/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Wharton Center! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, NYC’s critically acclaimed and award-winning...

Black Violin

Black Violin
08:00 pm - 02/17/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Wilner Wil B Baptiste (viola) and Kevin Kev Marcus Sylvester (violin) are Black Violin, a duo who radically fuse classical, hip-hop, rock, bluegrass, R&B and pop...

Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett

Jarrod Spector & Kelli Barrett
07:30 pm - 02/14/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special night of music! Newly-married Broadway vets Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett are often asked, “What’s it like to be...

A Brown Bear, A Moon & A Caterpillar

A Brown Bear, A Moon & A Caterpillar
01:30 pm - 02/04/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Nova Scotia’s Mermaid Theatre, one of North America’s premier touring puppetry companies, uses stunning music, spectacular black light visual effects and innovative...

Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn
07:30 pm - 01/23/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl WuDunn has journeyed from banking to journalism and book writing, pulling together critical insights....

Prague Philharmonia - Emmanuel Villaume, Conductor with Sarah Chang

Prague Philharmonia - Emmanuel Villaume, Conductor with Sarah Chang
07:30 pm - 01/18/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“[Sarah Chang’s] gifts are at a level so removed from the rest of us that all we can do is feel the appropriate awe and then wonder on the mysteries of nature.”...

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
07:30 pm - 01/10/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy Award winning, inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom: from teenage songwriter...

Dvořák Cello Concerto

Dvořák Cello Concerto
08:00 pm - 01/07/2017

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Okemos native and Cleveland Orchestra musician, cellist Tanya Ell, returns home for a solo command performance of Dvořák's beloved Cello Concerto, considered one...

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
07:30 pm - 12/13/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Getting away with murder can be so much fun...and there’s no better proof than the knock-’em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony...

Holiday Pops!

Holiday Pops!
03:00 pm - 12/11/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

‘Tis the season! Celebrate the holidays with an afternoon of timeless carols and festive tunes, brought to you by the Lansing Symphony and guests Matt Eldred and...

Sargam 2016 - A Journey Through India

Sargam 2016 - A Journey Through India
06:00 pm - 12/03/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Ever wanted to travel through India? Here's your chance. Get ready for Sargam 2016 - A Journey Through India! The MSU Indian Students Organization's annual cultural...

Canadian Brass Holiday

Canadian Brass Holiday
02:00 pm - 12/02/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor.” –The Washington Post For more than 45...

WICKED

WICKED
07:30 pm - 11/09/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

November 9-27, 2016 So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked, the Broadway sensation, flies back to East Lansing this season! Wicked looks at what happened...

Aziza feat. Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland

Aziza feat. Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland
07:30 pm - 10/20/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

A veritable dream team makes up this quartet for a night of sizzling jazz with four amazing musicians – each with jazz street cred in spades! Beginning with legendary...

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!
08:00 pm - 10/14/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

A mother...a daughter...3 possible dads...and a trip down the aisle you will never forget! GIMME GIMME GIMME one more chance to see Mamma Mia! The sunny, funny tale...

Art of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Art of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
07:30 pm - 10/06/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Steven Page (formerly of The Barenaked Ladies) and Wesley Stace join singers Andy Maize (Skydiggers) and Craig Northey (The Odds) in a re-imagining of the Beatles’...

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster
08:00 pm - 10/01/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Award-winning actor, singer, dancer Sutton Foster has captured the hearts of audiences all over the globe with her dazzling on-stage performances. She has been called...

Reduced Shakespeare Company: Election Edition

Reduced Shakespeare Company: Election Edition
07:30 pm - 09/28/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Just in time for the election, the Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with 600 years of history in 6,000 seconds! The “bad boys of abridgment” go from Christopher...

Yefim Bronfman, piano

Yefim Bronfman, piano
06:30 pm - 09/18/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“A fearless pianist for whom no score is too demanding...” –The Wall Street Journal “Yefim Bronfman combined fire and poetry...his fingers have always burned...

Ernie - The Play

Ernie - The Play
07:30 pm - 08/24/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Back by popular demand! Returning after last season’s sellout run, Mitch Albom’s hit play brings beloved Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell to the stage....

Take it From the Top Junior Advanced & Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive

Take it From the Top Junior Advanced & Advanced Musical Theatre Intensive
10:00 am - 07/25/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

JUNIOR ADVANCED & ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE Designed for students with experience in musical theatre who are ready to amp up their training. Examine all...

Take it From the Top East Lansing 5 day Music Theatre Intensive

Take it From the Top East Lansing 5 day Music Theatre Intensive
10:00 am - 07/25/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

FIVE-DAY MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE Explore the “triple-threat” disciplines of music, dance and acting in a safe, inventive environment. Have the opportunity...

THE BOOK OF MORMON

THE BOOK OF MORMON
07:30 pm - 06/14/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.”...

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
07:30 pm - 05/19/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel and is now an irresistible,...

SEASON FINALE | MasterWorks 6: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

SEASON FINALE | MasterWorks 6: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4
08:00 pm - 05/04/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016, 8 pm MasterWorks 6: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Guest Artist: Daniel Hsu, 2016 Gilmore Young Artist Mark Edwards Wilson: The Phoenix Beethoven:...

MSU Wind Symphony

MSU Wind Symphony
07:30 pm - 04/28/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The MSU Wind Symphony is proud to present the final concert of the year entitled "Concert in the Park." Join us in the Wharton Center or through the livestream on...

BRIA SKONBERG

BRIA SKONBERG
07:30 pm - 04/27/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The jazz world got a refreshing blast of life when newcomer Bria Skonberg stepped onto the scene. At 32 years old, Skonberg has accomplished a lifetime’s worth...

MSU Symphony Band

MSU Symphony Band
07:30 pm - 04/26/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The MSU Symphony Band is proud to present their final concert of the 2015-2016 year! Join us on April 26 at 7:30 pm in the Wharton Center!! Symphony Band John Madden,...

MATILDA THE MUSICAL

MATILDA THE MUSICAL
07:30 pm - 04/19/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Rejoice. It is even more glorious than promised.” –The New York Times “WELCOME TO THE DELIRIOUSLY AMUSING, HEARTWARMING, HEAD-SPINNING WORLD OF MATILDA...

Thriller! Music of Michael Jackson

Thriller! Music of Michael Jackson
08:00 pm - 04/16/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Lansing Symphony Orchestra Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8 pm Thriller! Music of Michael Jackson Jeans n’ Classics Group Gavin Hope, Lead Vocalist Presented by: Auto-Owners...

METROPOLITAN OPERA RISING STARS CONCERT

METROPOLITAN OPERA RISING STARS CONCERT
07:30 pm - 04/13/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to experience remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers. For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera...

ZAKIR HUSSAIN

ZAKIR HUSSAIN
07:30 pm - 04/05/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

International phenomenon, child prodigy, legendary artist, and acclaimed musician Zakir Hussain can move an audience to tears or get them on their feet and cheering,...

NAOMI KLEIN

NAOMI KLEIN
07:30 pm - 04/04/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Award-winning journalist and columnist Naomi Klein is author of the international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Rachel Maddow...

RIVERDANCE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR

RIVERDANCE: 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR
08:00 pm - 04/01/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“The show is quite simply incredible. A phenomenon of historic proportions” - THE WASHINGTON TIMES The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular...

MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND

MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND
07:30 pm - 03/29/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The description is in the title: Super. And that’s exactly what this jazz mega-group will prove when the legendary Mack Avenue SuperBand takes command of the Wharton...

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - PINCHAS ZUKERMAN, VIOLIN

ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - PINCHAS ZUKERMAN, VIOLIN
07:30 pm - 03/21/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Exhibiting a palpable joy in the music, each performance by Orpheus is played with electrifying spirit and energy. Orpheus combines the intimacy and warmth of a...

Lansing Symphony Jazz Band feat. Sunny Wilkinson

Lansing Symphony Jazz Band feat. Sunny Wilkinson
07:00 pm - 03/20/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Join Director Ron Newman and the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band featuring Sunny Wilkinson in a fun evening of great music! The LSO Jazz Band presents 17 of Michigan's...

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
07:30 pm - 03/15/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

It began as one man’s story...became everyone’s music...and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown the Musical is the true “American dream” story of Motown...

Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show

Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show
07:00 pm - 03/04/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design is proud to present the annual Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show. This juried student fashion show is a culmination...

THE CHIEFTAINS

THE CHIEFTAINS
07:30 pm - 03/03/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The Chieftains are more than just an Irish folk band – they are the Irish folk band. Ireland’s musical ambassadors for over 50 years, these multi- Grammy-winners...

TEDxMSU 2016: Mobius - Featuring SPDC’s Rohit Menon

TEDxMSU 2016: Mobius - Featuring SPDC’s Rohit Menon
06:00 pm - 03/02/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

TEDxMSU will host 2016: Mobius on Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016, at the Wharton Center. Building off the mathematical/geometric concept of a Möbius strip, a 2D construct...

ELISABETH L. ROSENTHAL

ELISABETH L. ROSENTHAL
07:30 pm - 02/29/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Elisabeth L. Rosenthal, author of the awardwinning New York Times series on health care costs, Paying Till It Hurts, is a journalist who originally trained as a...

World View presentation with Elizabeth Rosenthal

World View presentation with Elizabeth Rosenthal
07:30 pm - 02/29/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Elisabeth L. Rosenthal, author of the awardwinning New York Times series on health care costs, Paying Till It Hurts, is a journalist who originally trained as a...

RE ENTRY

RE ENTRY
07:30 pm - 02/26/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

ReEntry A Play by Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez Staged Reading A Wharton Center Theatre Production Produced and Directed by Bert Goldstein “Provocative and powerful”...

Lansing Symphony Orchestra: Broadway Rocks!

Lansing Symphony Orchestra: Broadway Rocks!
08:00 pm - 02/20/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm Broadway Rocks! Christiane Noll, LaKisha Jones, Rob Evan MSU Youth Chorale What has 80 musicians, the MSU Youth Chorale, 3 guest...

AN EVENING WITH SAVION GLOVER & JACK DEJOHNETTE

AN EVENING WITH SAVION GLOVER & JACK DEJOHNETTE
08:00 pm - 02/19/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Surging like a rhythmic machine, this performance is a tour de force of percussion and rhythm full of the vibrational power exchanged between two legends – Savion...

THE HOLLYWOOD CONCERT ORCHESTRA: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS

THE HOLLYWOOD CONCERT ORCHESTRA: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS
07:30 pm - 02/17/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Get ready for the glitz and glamour of the red carpet and enjoy some of the best-loved movie music scores of all time! Join The Hollywood Concert Orchestra, known...

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

THE SOUND OF MUSIC
07:30 pm - 02/09/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand-new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to Wharton Center. The spirited,...

BOBBY MCFERRIN: BOBBY MEETS MICHIGAN!

BOBBY MCFERRIN: BOBBY MEETS MICHIGAN!
08:00 pm - 02/06/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Vocal virtuoso Bobby McFerrin is always exploring new territory, and is known for music that transcends categorization. The Bobby Meets... series evolved naturally...

MSU Wind Symphony Concert

MSU Wind Symphony Concert
07:30 pm - 02/04/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The MSU Wind Symphony is proud to present their first concert of 2016! We are joined by guest composer Feliu Gasull in the US premiere of his La Font de les Ginebroses....

MSU Symphony Band Concert

MSU Symphony Band Concert
07:30 pm - 02/02/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

MSU Bands invites you to the first concert cycle of 2016! Symphony Band February 2, 2016 Cobb Great Hall, Wharten Center 7:30 pm John Madden, conductor Brandon...

Hooking Up with the Second City

Hooking Up with the Second City
09:00 pm - 01/30/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Hooking Up With The Second City makes mirth out of missed connections, girls’ night out adventures and all the crazy things we do for love. This gaspingly funny...

BAND OF THE ROYAL MARINES WITH THE PIPES, DRUMS OF THE SCOTS GUARDS

BAND OF THE ROYAL MARINES WITH THE PIPES, DRUMS OF THE SCOTS GUARDS
08:00 pm - 01/30/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

An air of regality and power always precedes the Band of the Royal Marines with the Pipes, Drums of the Scots Guards. In spectacular uniform and traditional kilts,...

BROADWAY'S NEXT H!T MUSICAL

BROADWAY'S NEXT H!T MUSICAL
08:00 pm - 01/29/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different! It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The hilarious Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is an...

VOCALOSITY: THE “ACA-PERFECT” MUSICAL EXPERIENCE

VOCALOSITY: THE “ACA-PERFECT” MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
07:30 pm - 01/26/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Vocalosity captures the excitement of a cappella live, onstage. From the creative mind of Deke Sharon, vocal producer for Universal Studio’s Pitch Perfect, Pitch...

CHIC GAMINE

CHIC GAMINE
07:30 pm - 01/21/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

With Motown souls, French pop spirits, and rock-and-roll hearts, Chic Gamine enchants fans and critics alike with close harmonies and infectious tunes. This band...

COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY DANCE

COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY DANCE
07:30 pm - 01/19/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Hailed as two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey land.” –The New York Times Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, along with their New York...

VALENTIJN DHAENENS: BIGMOUTH

VALENTIJN DHAENENS: BIGMOUTH
08:00 pm - 01/15/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Worldwide sensation, Bigmouth, explores the manipulative power of words. Speeches throughout history have attempted to exhort masses to rebellion or to war; to raise...

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET: ROMEO AND JULIET & THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET: ROMEO AND JULIET & THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
08:00 pm - 01/08/2016

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

This renowned company from Moscow brings two of the most romantic Russian ballets to our stage. Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s classic tale of young star-crossed...

Aca-Performance of a Lifetime Contest

Aca-Performance of a Lifetime Contest
12:00 pm - 12/21/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

VOCALOSITY’s “Aca-Performance of a Lifetime” contest is an opportunity for East Lansing to get our local a cappella groups excited about the upcoming VOCALOSITY...

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
07:30 pm - 12/17/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2015 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular. THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED: it’s a cirque show...Broadway...

MORGAN JAMES

MORGAN JAMES
07:30 pm - 12/06/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“This woman is on fire.” –The New York Times Singer-songwriter Morgan James can make you fall in love, elicit tears, or take you to a different era altogether....

HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS: FRIENDS

HUGH MASEKELA & LARRY WILLIS: FRIENDS
07:30 pm - 12/01/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness two legendary jazz giants onstage in the intimate Pasant Theatre during this concert event. When Hugh Masakela...

DIRTY DANCING

DIRTY DANCING
07:30 pm - 11/10/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Dirty Dancing is an unprecedented live musical experience, with spine-tingling music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. This worldwide smash hit features...

TWYLA THARP DANCE

TWYLA THARP DANCE
07:30 pm - 11/03/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Fiftieth Anniversary. John Zorn provides the show’s vibrant introductory Fanfare, followed by Preludes and Fugues. Radiating with Tharp’s generous spirit and...

DR. CLIFTON R. WHARTON, JR.

DR. CLIFTON R. WHARTON, JR.
07:30 pm - 11/02/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

“Michigan State University has always embraced values and commitments to what a university is really created to be. With its profound generosity of spirit, MSU...

AN EVENING WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH

AN EVENING WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH
07:00 pm - 10/25/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

Emmy and Tony Award® winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth comes to Wharton Center – for the very first time – for what promises to be an amazing night...

50th Anniversary Celebration of the NEA/NEH

50th Anniversary Celebration of the NEA/NEH
07:00 pm - 10/23/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

We are happy to be a partner for this great event! A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment...

THE NATIONAL CIRCUS AND ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: PEKING DREAMS

THE NATIONAL CIRCUS AND ACROBATS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: PEKING DREAMS
07:30 pm - 10/22/2015

At Wharton Center for Performing Arts

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China join forces at Wharton Center for their inspiring and jaw-dropping performance, Peking Dreams....

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