A National Historic Landmark Est. 1875

A Chautauqua on Lake Michigan

Calendar of Events


All performances, seminars and activities are open to the public. Our 2014 season events have concluded, however here are a few important dates to mark in your calendars for 2015. Additional events will be added to our calendar as they are confirmed. 

Opening Day
April 24, 2015

Assembly Season 2015
June 21 - August 16

Boys' and Girls' Club Session
June 22 - August 14


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2015 Sunday Vespers

Jun 21 - Aug 16, 2015
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

July 19- 100 Years of Music and Memories (Centennial Celebration of John M Hall Auditorium).


As we celebrate the centennial of this historic hall, we continue our celebration of the entire Little Traverse region and this rich cultural landscape in which Bay View has existed for the last hundred years. Come tonight to hear great hits from the popular music of 1915 to 2015 and a world premiere composition commemorating the event.

July 26 - Special Feature: The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Divine Illuminance
We host our neighbor arts organization in a first-of-its-kind event... a guest ensemble on a vesper performance! Featuring our own Kelly Hale and the 100-voice strong festival choir on the Mozart Organ Mass, Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for orchestra. 

August 2 - Sentimental Journey: A Tribute to the Greatest Generation
After the tremendous success of last years concert paying respect to the courage and bravery of this generation of women and men, we return to another set of musical hits and memories associated with them and their sacrifice that we continue to live in freedom. You'll hear everything from "I'll Be Seeing You" to hits from the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Aaron Copland.

August 9 - The Faces of Broadway (from Phantom to Wicked)
With Friday night as an appetizer, the main course occurs on Sunday, August 2 when we present music from some of the greatest musicals ever written, both from yesterday's songbook and today's. The evening will be jam-packed with songs you know from Tony-award winning musicals that have rocked the Great White Way and the world touring stage for decades. An annual tradition at Bay View.

August 16 - Beatles and Beethoven (Talkin' 'bout a Revolution!)
Copy: The final official concert of the summer will take a different shape this year. The same great faculty artists in their final performances this year will perform the music of John, Paul, George, Ringo, Ludwig, in an hour-long explosion of talent on as we wrap up the 100th year of John M. Hall Auditorium. Tonight's repertoire who were revolutionary genre-busters in their music, as well as timeless in their reach. Come celebrate the end of summer in a magical musical tour from the 19 century to today.



Tenor Franc D'Ambrosio Sings Broadway's Best

Aug 7, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM

Thursday, August 6 at 10 a.m.

Free Public  Master class  with Tenor Franc  D'Ambrosio  
(Crouse Visiting Artist Series) in Hall Auditorium.  Free Admission thanks to Crouse Visiting Artist Fund. 

You've seen him in a free master class (Thur. Aug. 6 at 3 p.m.), now come hear an entire evening of a Broadway hit parade in music from Kander and Ebb, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber. Our first event of its kind in years, get your seats early to see a legend. (Crouse Visiting Artist Series)



Opera: Puccini's "La Bohème"

Aug 11 - 15, 2015
Time: 08:00 PM
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

August 11, 13, 14, 15

Packed with melodies that you've heard in commercials and movies, this tale of artists and their plight will enlighten, touch your heart, and truly show the power of love over circumstance. The only fully staged opera in Little Traverse Bay Area all year, this one is great for opera-goers new and old alike.

TICKETS: 888-596-1027 or bayviewfestival.org

Week of Handbells

Aug 17 - 20, 2015
Location: John M. Hall Auditorium

Since 1977 the Handbell Choir has performed in John M. Hall to an audience from around the country and including Europe. People travel here to listen to the sound of handbells ringing in Bay View.  For the past 36 years the Handbell Choir has raised money to support Music Scholarships for Bay View.

If you have never attended this festive gathering or heard the sweet touch and majestic ringing of the handbells, it's a must see event!

CONCERT: Thursday, August 20 at 8 p.m. in Hall Auditorium.