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Check out our highlights video! 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

2022 Virtual Youth Art Show

See great art submitted by Cheboygan students from kindergarten through high school! The Cheboygan Area Arts Council is proud to host this free, virtual art show.

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).

National Theatre Live: “Skylight”

Sunday, June 26th at 7:00pm

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theater to cinema screens around the world, including the big screen of the Opera House!

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby) feature in the highly anticipated production of David Hare’s Skylight, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Audience), broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre Live.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died.

As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

 

Paul Keller “At Sundown” Jazz Quintet

July 8th at 7:30pm

Jazz string bassist Paul Keller is a Michigan jazz hero. He’s been performing throughout Michigan (and the world) for the past 40 years with a myriad of jazz luminaries including Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli and Ann Hampton Calloway. On Friday, July 8, 2022, Paul Keller brings his delightful AT SUNDOWN Quintet to the Cheboygan Opera House to share their special brand of jazz and standards with Cheboygan-area music lovers. 

The Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet features the massive talents and charm of vocalist/clarinetist Sarah D’Angelo, vibraphone wizard Cary Kocher, the young genius of the jazz piano Adam Mosley and the wonderful guitarist Ralph Tope. The Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet loves to entertain their audiences with fun and familiar songs from the Great American Songbook, all dressed up in their own, nifty, AT SUNDOWN original arrangements that highlight the strengths of their incredible cast. In each performance the Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet gives a tip of the hat to their heroes: Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Opera House Film Club: “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955)

July 13th at 7:00pm

James Dean stars in a movie that shocked the United States with a performance that still electrifies the screen twenty-five years after his untimely death prior to the film’s release. In this archetypal drama of teenage angst and rebellion, three high school students who should lead idyllic lives in their stable, comfortable suburban families explode with a violence and sexuality that their parents cannot understand. This film–which ripped the façade from the post-war American dream to expose the rage of the country’s youth–resonates with an energy that has made it a modern classic and a powerful coming-of-age story.

Tickets are $10.

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.“

National Theatre Live: Shakespeare’s “King Lear”

Sunday, July 24th at 1:00pm

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theater to cinema screens around the world, including the big screen of the Opera House!

Captured live from London’s West End in 2018, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

 

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.

National Theatre Live: “Cyrano de Bergerac”

Sunday, August 14th at 7:00pm

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theater to cinema screens around the world, including the big screen of the Opera House!

Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, captured live in 2020 from the West End in London.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

 

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.

Jig Jam

August 25th at 7:30pm

When virtuoso Irish playing jumps the pond running naked through the wide open fields of bluegrass/Americana JigJam is born. Bluegrass and American Folk music originated from their homes in Ireland and now JigJam are here to take it back!

‘Foot stomping’, ‘high energy’ and lots of badass is what you’re in for when you see this musical powerhouse live in concert. Founding members Jamie McKeogh (Lead singer and guitar) and Daithi Melia (5 String Banjo and Dobro) are from Offaly, Ireland and were joined by Tipperary born Gavin Strappe (Mandolin and Tenor Banjo) in 2016. This year they are joined by two Glasgow boys in Calum Morrison (Double Bass) and Danny Hunter (Fiddle) to make up this iGrass (Irish Bluegrass) quintet.

Described as ‘The best Irish band in bluegrass’ and ‘sparkling, infectious’ these lads have been hailed as ‘Ireland’s answer to New Grass Revival’

Bluegrass has its roots in Irish music and Irish immigration. iGrass and JigJam is what happens when the Irish find their prodigal son.

National Theatre Live: “No Man’s Land”

Sunday, August 28th at 7:00pm

National Theatre Live presents the best of British theater to cinema screens around the world, including the big screen of the Opera House!

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart lead the cast in this glorious revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic.

One summer’s evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst’s stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Following a hit run on Broadway, No Man’s Land was captured from the West End in London in 2016.

 

The Sweet Water Warblers

September 13th at 7:30pm

If the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, then The Sweet Water Warblers are no exception. Comprised of Michigan songbirds Rachael Davis, Lindsay Lou, and May Erlewine, the folk trio’s organic vocal harmonies and seamlessly interwoven instrumentation leaves listeners breathless.

The Sweet Water Warblers came together in 2014, for a single performance at the Hoxeyville Music Festival upon request by the promoter. From the beginning, there was a unique connection between the three artists, a bond forged by a mutual passion for social change and expansion of the soul through music. Each of the ladies’ brought with them a regarded solo career within the Americana and roots worlds, and with them individual perspectives on traditional music. Whether it was the gospel and soul-laced melodies uncovered in Davis’ music, the Appalachian folk and country-leaning ballads belted out by Erlewine, or the versatile country soul and bluegrass roots of Lou’s band it was clear from the beginning that the culmination of their talents would be unparalleled.


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.

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