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Festival of Trees: Sleigh Ride

Friday, December 4, 2015
Silent Auction 7:00pm, Concert 7:30pm

$7 Adults, $5 Seniors and Students 13 & up, children under 12 are free

There is an Arts Center Holiday ticket package that provides a general admission ticket to both shows for a $2 discount (Festival of Trees is $7, Laker Christmas is $5, package for both is $10).

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The Lake Superior State University Dance Program is to proud to present Festival of Trees: Sleigh Ride Silent Auction and Concert, with special performances by LSSU Faculty and the LSSU Chorus.

To donate a tree or other auction item, contact Joshua Legg at or 906.635.2265

100% of this year's auction proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Michigan!

Art Gallery

Ken and Kyung Hatfield exhibit on display through July

Past Performances

The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute

Monday, November 9, 2015 7:30 pm
General Admission $20 per person
Special patron seating for $100 per person, includes rare print of "Fitzgerald's Final Storm"

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Eight years into a project that began as a benefit to help the Cheboygan Opera House, Mike Fornes is more enthusiastic than ever about playing the role of Gordon Lightfoot in a show that will benefit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. His 7:30 p.m. performance of "The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute" on Monday, Nov. 9 will recreate the Lightfoot concert experience one day before the 40th Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The Trip to Bountiful

Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30PM. Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2:30PM

Adults: $10, Seniors: $8, LSSU students: $5, 17 and under: $5

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Weil Weil Le and the Sault Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 14, 8PM

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This performance made possible by generous support from the Roberts P. and Ella B. Hudson Foundation and Lake Superior State University.

Musical Directory/Conductor: John Wilkinson

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Sault Symphony Orchestra

Dennis Stroughmatt and Creole Stomp

Friday, October 16, 8PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Thirteen years on the road has honed Creole Stomp into a well oiled machine: hard driving, fast, and smooth.  Creole Stomp shows have become legendary and those who have seen them know the emotion and passion that literally jumps from the band.  In fact, over the years the band has become informally known as “The Grateful Dead of Creole Music.” A favorite on the Cajun-Zydeco dance circuit, the band has also become a celebrated fixture at venues around the United States ranging from park concerts and theaters to folk and blues festivals. Creole Stomp is filled with over achieving Phd’s and Master’s Degrees, incidentally making it one of the most educated bands in traditional music.  But no worries, Creole Stomp is a band that knows how to throw a Louisiana party.

Superior - a Film by Edd Benda

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 & 9:00PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Tickets: $7 general admission, $5 seniors, $5 for those 17 and under

Michigan native Edd Benda is bringing his debut independent feature film "Superior" to nine cities in his home state, starting in Sault Ste. Marie

The movie from Beyond the Porch Productions was filmed entirely in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and premiered on June 5 at the world famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., as part of the Dances With Films festival. Director, writer, and producer Edd Benda will be in attendance at every screening, and he will host an open discussion after each showing.

Inspired by a true story, "Superior" takes place in the summer of 1969, where Derek Suntila is weeks away from the Vietnam War and Charlie Eskola is weeks away from his first days at Michigan Technological University. Before the two best friends go their separate ways, they leave their small hometown in the U.P. on one final adventure: a two-week, 1,300 mile bike ride around Lake Superior.

Superior was filmed on location in Michigan's U.P. in 2014. The production team behind the film consists of 11 young filmmakers who traveled more than 7,000 miles round-trip in a truck and three sedans from Los Angeles to the most remote regions of the Keweenaw Peninsula to tell a story true to its origins. The movie is a snapshot of America in a time when futures were uncertain, and yet the most outlandish adventures remained possible.

The Mack Sisters

Thursday, October 1, 7:30PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 seniors

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The Mack Sisters have been recognized as accomplished piano soloists, as well as an award-winning duo, at many international competitions over the years. They have received both the first and Kodama Prizes at the International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo, among many other awards at various competitions.

The sisters, Yuki and Tomoko, have been the featured artists at several festivals, including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Michigan. They frequently accompany the faculty of the International Summer Music Festival in Naleczow, Poland.

The two have appeared on PBS television and radio, and have published their own recordings. In 2006, they were selected to be Steinway Artists, an honor reserved for accomplished pianists.

The Merling Trio

Saturday, September 12, 7:30PM
Arts Center Auditorium

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 seniors

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Recognized as one of today's premier ensembles, the Merling Trio takes its name from the Danish violin maker Paul Merling. The group's Carnegie Hall debut was in 1993, and since then, the trio has given many recitals across the United States, Canada and Europe, while also being named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award. They have performed with many orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.


Saturday, June 27th, Noon-6pm LSSU Cisler Plaza (North side of Walker Cisler Center)

"A taste of the Soo"
Area restaurants will be selling small tastes of their menu.

Steel Town Silver Band: 3:30-5pm

More Performances, Bear/Wine Bar, Consessions

Cirque du SOOleil — Mind's Eye

April 17-18
Midway Attractions at 6:30pm
Show at 7:30pm

Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for students with ID; and $3 for children 12 and under

Lake Superior State University's Dance Program presents its spring dance concert, Cirque du SOOleil — Mind's Eye, on April 17-18 at the LSSU Arts Center auditorium.

Desautels Quartet featuring Oleg Pokhanovski

April 11th, 2015

7:30 pm

Tickets: $10
Students with ID (all colleges and high schools accepted) and children are free

Join us for this concert with violinist Oleg Pokhanovski, pianist Edmund Dawe, pianst Judy Kehler Siebert, and cellist Minna Rose Chung.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Arts Center Performance Fund

Dead Man's Cell Phone

March 27 & 28 @ 7:30pm
March 29 @ 2:30pm

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough and a dead man--with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead--and how that remembering changes us--it is the odyssey of a woman and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Film Noir, meets graphic novel, meets, the bizarre.


March 11 @ 7:00PM
Limited Seating Available. To request a ticket, please contact LIVE broadcast will be available on the day of the event.

6 Speakers from Lake Superior State University and the LSSU Community.

Chicago Boyz

February 10 @ 8:00pm
Free for LSSU Students ! Non LSSU student tickets are $12 for adult, $10 for seniors, and $5 for under 18

Did you check out the Chicago Boyz on America's Got Talent? Well they are coming to LSSU!

Nelson Illusions

January 30, 2015, 7:30pm

Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States, carrying over 30,000 pounds of equipment, and is 3 times larger than any other touring illusion show. Nelson Illusions features the largest illusion ever seen: the 21-foot-long Drill of Death which goes through a woman and lifts her 18 feet in the air. Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare & original illusions from around the world with award winning, jaw-dropping magic.

Festival of Tress

December 5, 2014, 7:00pm

A Dancer's Winter Wonderland
Bidding on trees opens November 24 - December 5
To donate a tree, holiday item, or for more information, contact Deborah Choszczyk at (906)635-2265 or
Sponsored by the LSSU Dance Company

A Laker Christmas

December 6, 2014, 7:30pm
Admission by Donation

Usher in the holiday season with the LSSU Chorus, LSSU Community Chorus and Orchestra, and STARS Youth Ochestra, directed by Dottie Case

SSG Travis Mills

December 7, 2014, 2:00pm
Tickets: $20 in advance (ends Dec. 5th, 4pm) or $25 at the door

Never Give Up. Never Quit.

SSG Travis Mills
An Afternoon of Inspiration & Hope

Also speaking: Ryan Sharpe
Former LSSU hockey player from the 1994 NCAA Championship Team

All proceeds go to the Travis Mills Foundation

Sponsored by New Beginning Church

PROOF – A Theatrical Reading of a Pulitzer Prize Winning Play

December 10, 2014, 7:30pm
FREE (beware of adult language)

The story: The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Our Town

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1938, Our Town may be the most popular American play ever written.

"It is probably the finest play ever written by an American." — Edward Albee

Ustad Shafaat Kahn

Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned classical Indian musician, debuted at the age of 11 in the King's Lynn Festival opened by the Queen Mother. Since then he has performed worldwide at many prestigious concert halls, music festivals, universities in India, Pakistan, Japan, Russia, China, Malaysia, UK, Germany, France, and Italy, and other European countries. He has played at events that were inaugurated by numerous dignitaries, including Presidents and Primes Ministers of various countries around the world. He has shared a television performance with Ray Charles in Germany and recently performed alongside Stevie Wonder at the Bonaroo Festival—one of the largest music festivals in the United States. He has performed in almost all of the major cities in the US. Through his music he has helped raise money for various charitable purposes including concerts for world peace, flood victims, disabled children, battered women, and tsunami victims amongst other causes serving those who are in need.

Beyond Therapy

The LSSU Theatre Company is proud to present Beyond Therapy, a hilarious play highlighting social miscues and mishaps set in the 1970s. Filled with slapstick comedy and absurd humor, this play is sure to have you in stitches for its duration. Directing the play is Jenn Hunter, assistant professor in the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Fractured Fairytales

The Lake Superior State University Dance Company is proud to present Fractured Fairy Tales, this year's fanciful spring dance concert that "fractures" three popular fairy tales with music and dance, bringing unsuspected twists and turns to the stories and outcomes.

Gerry Mooney

Dr. Gerry Mooney, a visiting professor in Scottish Studies at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls gave a presentation, "Where now for Scotland and the UK following the Scottish Independence Referendum?" at the Arts Center.


A quintet that has been called "the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet" will provide some warmth to the Eastern Upper Peninsula and Northern Ontario during a performance at Lake Superior State University's Arts Center.

Harriet Tubman

Actress Leslie McCurdy takes questions from the audience after her one-person production The Spirit of Harriet Tubman at Lake Superior State University's Arts Center on Feb. 5. More than 500 students from throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula saw McCurdy use Tubman's own words in telling the story of a life from her earliest experiences as a slave, through her work on the underground railroad, to her continued commitment to others in her later years.

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