Upcoming Events

2023 Chamberfest Cheboygan series:

Clayton Stephenson

Sunday, June 4 2023, 7:30pm

Brooklyn born Clayton Stephenson, finalist in the 2022 Cliburn International Piano Competition and a 2022 Gilmore Young Artist , is considered one of the brightest rising stars in the world of the piano. Hailed for “extraordinary narrative and poetic gifts” and interpretations that are “fresh, incisive and characterfully alive” (Gramophone), he is committed to making an impact on the world through his music-making.

His program in Cheboygan will include Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, Scriabin’s Sonata no. 4, and from George Gershwin, “Summertime” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / FREE for Students. Or subscribe to the entire Chamberfest Cheboygan series of 8 concerts for only $160.

National Theatre Live:

“The Seagull”

Sunday, June 11 2023, 2:00pm

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.

A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.

Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play to stage. Filmed live in London’s West End.

A production from the Jamie Lloyd Company.

Watch the trailer HERE.

Tickets are $14 Adults / $10 Veterans / $5 Students (18 & under). 

Harry Manx: Blues guitar

Thursday, June 15 2023, 7:30pm

Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to.

Born on the Isle of Man, Manx spent his childhood in Canada and left in his teens to live in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil. He honed his hypnotic live show on street corners, in cafes, bars and at festivals. But it was Indian music that captured his attention and in the mid 80s he began a five-year tutelage with Rajasthani Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Grammy winner with Ry Cooder for A Meeting by the River). Receiving the gift of Bhatt’s custom-made, self-designed Mohan Veena (a 20-stringed sitar/guitar hybrid) was the catalyst for Harry to forge a new path with his now signature east-meets-west style of music.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / $15 Students (18 & under). 

2023 Chamberfest Cheboygan series:

Hermitage Piano Trio

Sunday, June 24 2023, 7:30pm

Returning to the Opera House on June 24 will be the Hermitage Piano Trio, broadly praised by the Cheboygan audience for their performance here in 2022. The Trio takes its place among the world’s leading piano trios and according to the Washington Post, plays with “such power and passion that it left you nearly out of breath.” 

The Trio will be featuring as part of their program in Cheboygan the massive and moving Trio élégiaque no. 2 by Rachmaninoff, completed in 1893 in memory of Tchaikovsky.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / FREE for Students. Or subscribe to the entire Chamberfest Cheboygan series of 8 concerts for only $160.

2023 Chamberfest Cheboygan series:

Ivalas String Quartet

Sunday, July 1 2023, 7:30pm

One of America’s rising young string quartets, the Ivalas Quartet has been changing the face of classical music since their inception at the University of Michigan in 2017. Ivalas seeks to disrupt the classical music world by spotlighting underrepresented composers. Currently, Ivalas is serving as the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School. 

Their program in Cheboygan is connected by the theme of “space”, featuring works by Osvaldo Golijov and Eleanor Alberga, finishing with one of Beethoven’s late quartets, his opus 130.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / FREE for Students. Or subscribe to the entire Chamberfest Cheboygan series of 8 concerts for only $160.

2023 Chamberfest Cheboygan series:

American String Quartet

Friday, July 7 2023, 7:30pm

Returning to Cheboygan will be the American String Quartet, who performed here in 2021. The American String Quartet has long been one of America’s leading string quartets. They are celebrating their 50th year as an ensemble. 

The American String Quartet will present a program including Beethoven’s last quartet, his opus 135, sometimes referred to as “It must be,” referring to a section of the middle movement that seems to ask the question and answer it, “Must it be?” Also on the program is Bartok’s Quartet No. 3, Pulitzer-Prize winning contemporary composer, Caroline Shaw’s “Blueprint,” and finally ending with Ravel’s Quartet in F major.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / FREE for Students. Or subscribe to the entire Chamberfest Cheboygan series of 8 concerts for only $160.

The World Famous

Glenn Miller Orchestra

Monday, July 10 2023, 7:30pm

The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements returns to the Cheboygan Opera House! 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. 

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / $15 for Students (18 & Under).

Premium seats are $40 Adults / $35 Veterans / $25 for Students

2023 Chamberfest Cheboygan series:

Daniel Adam Maltz

Sunday, July 16 2023, 3:00pm

Before the advent of the modern piano, there was the fortepiano. This is the instrument that Beethoven, Mozart and other composers of the Classical period performed on, but it is rarely seen today. What did it sound like? 

Daniel Adam Maltz is a fortepianist based in Vienna, Austria. He specializes in the First Viennese School — Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert.

He made his Carnegie Hall (Weill) debut at age 22 and is a sought-after soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. Daniel studied historical performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.

Daniel is devoted to performing on Viennese fortepianos — utilizing the vast range of tones and colors familiar to the composers. He brings his expertise in the Viennese sound, culture, philosophies, and performance practices of the Classical era to his interpretations.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / FREE for Students. Or subscribe to the entire Chamberfest Cheboygan series of 8 concerts for only $160.

Epic Eagles

Friday, July 21 2023, 7:30pm

Get ready to rock with the sounds of Canada’s definitive Eagles Tribute band, the EPIC EAGLES. Patrons will be taken on a journey back to the golden days of this legendary band when they ruled the airwaves.

Featuring Dean Young at the helm as “Henley” alongside lead and backing vocalists / multi-instrumentalists Mike Alonzo, Jeff Salem, Dan Bohemier and some of Canada’s most in demand musicians all covering Glenn Frey, Timothy B Schmit, Randy Meisner and Joe Walsh.  

The Eagles are known for many iconic songs, including: “Hotel California”, “One of the Nights”, “Life in the Fast Lane”, “Desperado”, “Take it Easy”, “New Kid in Town”, and many more. Epic Eagles will perform these and other chart-toppers, along with some deep cuts for the die-hard Eagles and Don Henley fans.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / $15 Students.

Dean Young

Saturday, July 22 2023, 7:30pm

“To thine own self be true…” Niagara, Ontario musician / singer / songwriter Dean Young put these famous words to work in his life the day he left his 23 year factory job at Rich Products of Canada to fully pursue his true passion – music. Since then he has found success both as the lead singer of Epic Eagles and as a country music singer-songwriter.

Dean Young’s original country music work is described as a twist of modern with classic country sounds that carries meaningful messages to listeners about the important things in life. If you have fallen in love, worked hard, had some hard times, had your heart broken, enjoyed the privilege of raising children, or just shared some great times with good friends and family – then you will understand why people are loving this new country artist!

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / $15 Students.

Want a discount to see both Epic Eagles and Dean Young? See both concerts using the package linked below: $50 Adults / $40 Veterans / $20 Students.

2023 Chamberfest Cheboygan series:

Cheng Squared Duo

Friday, July 28 2023, 7:30pm

The 2023 Chamberfest will conclude on July 28 with the appearance of the Cheng Squared Duo. The duo consists of Chinese-Canadian pianist Silvie Cheng and her brother, cellist Brian Cheng, the winner of the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Competition and 2021 Concours de Genève. The young duo has been celebrated for its musical integrity, undeniable chemistry and unparalleled communication with its audience. The Duo is in the vanguard of creative programming and is equally dedicated to presenting traditional masterworks as well as the music of our time.

Their program in Cheboygan will feature works by Dvorak, Brahms (Cello Sonata No. 1) and Chopin (Cello Sonata in G minor).

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / FREE for Students. Or subscribe to the entire Chamberfest Cheboygan series of 8 concerts for only $160.

Delta 88

Friday, August 11 2023, 7:30pm

A Folk / Rock band based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Delta 88’s music is that of an American hymn. Brought together on the four winds, its members combine numerous musical influences to create their own unique sound like haunted mountain spirituals played through a distortion pedal. The songs move through wide channels of dynamic, emotional arrangements, from dark and somber barroom ballads to anthemic battle cries.

With four studio albums, the most recent produced by Grammy-award winning Joe Henry, Delta 88 continues to mine for the new American songbook. The band’s music has been heard on stages through the U.S., Canada and Europe with the likes of Ralph Stanley, Richard Buckner, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller to name a few.

Tickets are $25 Adults / $20 Veterans / $15 for Students.

National Theatre Live:

Shakespeare’s “Othello”

Sunday, August 13 2023, 2:00pm

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (Hamilton), Rosy McEwen (The Alienist) and Paul Hilton (The Inheritance).

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Tickets are $14 Adults / $10 Veterans / $5 Students (18 & under). 

Dave Bennett Quartet

Friday, August 25 2023, 7:30pm

Dave Bennett returns to the Opera House, with his distinctive mix of jazz, swing and classic ’50s-era rock! In the early days of jazz, the clarinet joined with trumpet and trombone to create the music’s signature sound, and it ruled the roost in the Swing Era when jazz was America’s popular music and dance-party soundtrack. If anyone can return the clarinet to its heyday, it’s Dave Bennett, who fuses serious jazz improvisation with a host of modern pop influences.

Dave has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops (2013) and has been featured with 35 other US and Canadian orchestras including Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Portland, OR and Portland, ME.  Some of his annual appearances include The Elkhart Jazz Festival, The Suncoast Classic Jazz Festival, The Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, The Sacramento Hot Jazz Jubilee, The Clambake Music Festival, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / $15 for Students.

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 Arts and Culture Council as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.