Performances & Events

Fans of live performance in the region have come to know The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College as their go-to place for concerts, touring Broadway productions, comedy, plays, dance, and world-renowned speakers. We’ve played host to everyone from former presidents, world leaders, and rock icons to up-and-coming performers from across the country and from right here in southwestern Michigan.

The Mendel Center 2019-2020 Season Brochure

Upcoming Performances & Events

Friday, and Saturday, November 15-16, and November, 22-23 7:30 p.m.

Sunday November 17 and November 24 3 pm

The play centers on a group of educators at a struggling urban high school, who show up for the kids nobody else does. So, when the school is slated for closure at the end of the year, and the weight bears down on the community, students and teachers discover their breaking points.

November 22- November 24, 2 019


Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in a new adaptation of Stephen Schwartz’s epic and heartfelt musical.  From musical theatre greats, Stephen Schwartz and John Caird, comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith ... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!

Monday, December 2, 2019, 7:30 pm

Author, columnist, and radio host

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 7:30 pm


The combined forces of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Southwest Michigan Symphony Chorus, along with an exceptional cast of soloists, will perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s glorious oratorio. 

Saturday December 14th, 2019, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


This Steampunk version of the classic "Nutcracker" showcases an all new ballet written and produced by Lari Lawrence-Gist featuring the Citadel Dance Company and a live orchestra.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7:00 pm

The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the live stage for the first time ever!

Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00 pm


Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves.

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:30 pm

The Manhattan Transfer will join the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra on The Mendel Center Mainstage for an unforgettable night that will pair soaring symphonic arrangements with sparkling vocals.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:30 pm

Author, recovering addict, and subject of Beautiful Boy

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean.

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 1:00 pm-10:00 pm

Make the most of leap day by with non-stop live music on two stages, craft beers, crisp ciders, local wines, tasty food, and a bit of shopping in a carefully curated pop-up artisan market…all under one roof during Winter Delights at The Mendel Center.

Sunday, March 1, 2020  1:00 pm & 4:00 pm 

Just like the other bonded animals at New York’s Central Park Zoo, these two male penguins walk, play, swim, and dance together. When the duo tries to hatch a rock, the zookeeper gives them an egg instead, and they find themselves on an adventure, raising a chick for real! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:30 pm

Former Australian Prime Minister, 2015-2018

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 pm

Aureum is an adventure tale told through heart-stopping aerial routines and amazing acrobatics.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 7:30 pm

Underwater photographer

Friday, May 15, 2020, 7:30 PM

The music and the magic of Motown return to The Mendel Center featuring the voices and the musicians who started it all, and those who’ve kept it center stage for the last 60 years!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 7:30 pm

Emmy Award-winning actor, author, director, and producer

Thursday, May 28, 2020, 8:00 pm


Armed with only their wits, Whose Line is it Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re...Scared Scriptless.

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