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Check out our new video of highlights from 2019! Original music is by Nathan Towne, artist in residence, recorded at the Opera House. Photos are by Tony Johnson, all rights reserved. Cover Photo: Full United States Coast Guard Band at the Opera House.

Upcoming Events

The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community and to showcase the historic Cheboygan Opera House.

The Cheboygan Area Arts Council is a 501c3 charity and is supported in part by the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Masks are required in the Opera House, as per MDHHS advisory.

UPCOMING SHOWS

The Little Mermaid – FREE!

January 22nd at 3:00pm

The Opera House is doing a free screening of The Little Mermaid. Bring your family to see this timeless, classic Disney animated film. Seats are first-come, first-served. Donations are encouraged, and will go to support the arts and music in Cheboygan.

Winter at the Zoo

January 29th at 7:30pm

“Winter at the Zoo” is an Opera House benefit concert featuring Dale Rieger, Nathan Towne, Kyle Frazier, Will Engleman, Evan Archambo, Lori Cleland, Ben Dratnol, and Brett Mallory. These local musicians will be performing hit 60s songs by critter-themed bands such as The Turtles, The Yardbirds, The Animals, and more!

Click here for tickets.

Mackinaw City School concert band

March 15th at 7:00pm

Come hear the Mackinaw City public school band in concert, under the direction of director Katie Anderson. This is a FREE concert open to the public.

Cheboygan Area Schools concert band

March 16th

Come hear the Cheboygan Area Public Schools band in concert, under the direction of director Sho Dembinski. This is a FREE concert open to the public.

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman

March 26 at 3:00pm

There are many plays about Harriet Tubman, but none share her entire life story like a visit with The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. Leslie McCurdy invokes the ‘spirit’ of Harriet Tubman as she portrays the life of the famous Underground Railroad conductor, recreating stories familiar and some rarely told, using words said to have been Harriet Tubman’s own. Through it all we learn of the faith and conviction that drove Harriet Tubman to follow her dreams; the spirit of the past connecting with the present, inspiring her charges to have the courage to do the same in envisioning their future.

Chamberfest Cheboygan series: Rachel Cheung in concert

May 1st at 7:30pm

Pianist Rachel Cheung is hailed as “a poet, but also a dramatist” displaying “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News). She won over audiences and critics alike as a finalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with “stunningly imaginative” (Musical America) interpretations marked by “flights of both beauty and virtuosity” (Theater Jones) and was awarded the Audience Prize by online vote. Also a Young Steinway Artist, she continues to build a reputation for an elegant stage presence, giving sensitive and refined performances across three continents.

Kenny Rogers Tribute

May 13th at 7:30pm

Experience the music of GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar Kenny Rogers. A musical experience that spans over six decades of hit after hit song! His music is loved throughout the world and connects with generation after generation. Kenny’s command of the stage, heartfelt performances, gift for storytelling and distinctive voice are all on full display in this honoring recreation of his LIVE performances.

Join us as, award winning country recording artist Alan Turner, recreates the magic of a night with Kenny in the Ultimate Kenny Rogers Tribute Show, The Gambler Returns. This full band top production show will take you on a musical journey through the career of an American Icon and Legend that sold over 120 million albums worldwide and racked up some 24 No.1 hits (including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me” and so many more).

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Red Riding Hood

Residency May 16 – 21; Public performances May 21 at 3:00pm and 5:30pm

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan. A tour team arrives in a given town with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast.


The team holds an open audition and casts 50-60 local students to perform in the production. The
show is rehearsed throughout the week and two public performances are presented on Saturday. All MCT shows are original adaptations of classic children’s stories and fairytales . . . a twist on the
classic stories that you know and love.

Chamberfest Cheboygan series: Axiom Brass

May 22nd

3:00pm kids’ matinee: “Imogene’s Last Stand”

7:30pm concert

Described as “exceptional ambassadors for classical music” and “innovative programmers” Axiom Brass designs concert experiences for audiences that stretch the imagination and expand sensibilities. With multimedia performances and live reactive sound-to-video effects, the ensemble creates an engaging, immersive experience that ventures beyond the traditional boundaries of the concert hall. Axiom has presented concerts all over the world, including the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Gallo Center for the Arts in California, Shenzhen Concert Hall in China, and Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis in Portugal.

Chamberfest Cheboygan series: Escher String Quartet

June 4th at 7:30pm

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. 

CAAC Dance Spring Recital

June 18th, time TBD

Young dancers from the Cheboygan Area Arts Council dance school, ages 5 – 17, will show off their talents in a variety of styles: ballet, tap and hip hop. Under the direction and choreography of dance school director Brandie Ford.

Epic Eagles Tribute Band

June 19th at 7:30pm

Canada’s Definitive Eagles Tribute Band featuring the voice of Dean Young as ‘Henley’ (former lead vocalist | drummer of the tribute Hotel California, 2003-2018) alongside vocalists | multi-instrumentalists Mike Alonzo, Jeff Salem, Dan Bohemier and some of Canada’s most in demand musicians. Audiences are treated to the legacy sound of the Eagles when they began to rule the airwaves: Hotel California, One of These Nights, Life in the Fast Lane, Desperado, Dirty Laundry, New Kid In Town, Take It Easy, The Boys Of Summer and more. 
EPIC EAGLES performs these and other chart toppers, along with some deep cuts for the die-hard Eagles & Don Henley fans. Experience & relive an era gone by…as it continues into the next millennium.  You are about to soar high with EPIC EAGLES

Chamberfest Cheboygan series: WindSync

June 23rd at 7:30pm

WindSync has established itself as a vibrant chamber ensemble performing wind quintet masterworks, adapting beloved music to their instrumentation, and championing new works by today’s composers. The quintet eliminates the “fourth wall” between musicians and audience by often performing from memory, creating an intimate connection. This personal performance style, combined with the ensemble’s three-pronged mission of artistry, education, and community-building, lends WindSync its reputation as ”a group of virtuosos who are also wonderful people, too” (Alison Young, Classical MPR).

Chamberfest Cheboygan series: Hermitage Piano Trio

July 16th at 7:30pm

Now entering their second decade, the United States-based Hermitage Piano Trio has solidified its place as one of the world’s leading piano trios, garnering multiple GRAMMY® Award nominations and receiving both audience and press accolades for their performances that The Washington Post singled out for “such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath.”

The Trio began its multiple-album recording deal with Reference Recordings, debuting its CD titled “Rachmaninoff,” which features Sergei Rachmaninoff’s two trios and his unforgettable Vocalise.  Echoing many other enthusiastic reviews, The Strad lauded the Trio’s “outstanding playing in intense, heartfelt performances,” and American Record Guide praised that “the Hermitage wants to burst forth with passion, to let the whole world know!  I am really glad that someone can still play that way in our utterly unromantic age. “

Chamberfest Cheboygan series: Imani Winds

August 6th at 7:30pm

Celebrating over two decades of music making, the Grammy nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

In 2016, Imani Winds received their greatest accolade in their 20 years of music making: a permanent presence in the classical music section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

August 15th at 7:30pm

Returning to the Cheboygan Opera House: the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring worldwide ever since.



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