Traverse City Events: City Opera House 2012-13 Performing Arts Series

Traverse City Events: The City Opera House, the oldest of six historically intact Victorian opera houses in Michigan, is celebrating its 120th year with the 3rd Annual Performing Arts Series! Talented jazz, dance, theatre, comedy and family shows will take to the stage for the 2012-2013 season, bringing world-class performances into downtown Traverse City.

The City Opera House, in conjuntion with Wharton Center, is pleased to share with all of us the line-up for the 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series and how to purchase tickets.

Lily Tomlin

Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8pm

Don't miss your chance at an unforgettable night of laughter!  Lily Tomlin gives show-goers a warm, affecting evening filled with sharp insights and wildly witty observations.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8pm

This daffy and internationally acclaimed orchestra has been singing and plucking their way into hearts around the globe, and will now make it into Traverse City's!

Live at Birdland

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 8pm

Straight from the Jazz mecca of NYC the Birdland Big Band, directed by Tommy Igoe, brings a musical event that sets the standard for the 21st-century jazz orchestra.

Selected Shorts (as heard on NPR)

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8pm

The highly acclaimed NPR series joins us live on the City Opera House stage. Get your tickets, and "let us tell you a story…"

Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:30pm

The ultimate drum experience! Thunderous drums combine with breathtakingly graceful yet athletic dances, channeling the pulsating, creative spirit of a nation.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf

Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11am and 1:30pm

Mr. A. Wolf tells his side of the story about what really happened to those three little houses and the pigs who lived in them. Featuring the award-winning Paul Mesner Puppets, this show is perfectly suited for ages 3-11.

A Leahy Family Christmas

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 7pm

This Canadian powerhouse of eight invoke their Irish and Scottish roots for an energetic Christmas celebration of fiddle-driven music, dance and vocals.

Empire Brass presents The Sound of Christmas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 7:30pm

Elizabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, joins the world-renowned  Empire Brass on stage for The Sound of Christmas, sure to bring out the holiday spirit in all of us.

A Christmas Cabaret

December 18-20, 2012 at 7:30pm

Take advantage of the three days this Michigander holiday show is offered! Local celebrity guests, a festive sing-a-long, an onstage show band and Broadway talent may have you starting a new Christmas tradition.

My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy

January 18-19, 2013 at 8pm

Comedian Steve Solomon combines sound effects, comic voices and humor to tell stories about the ever-relatable wacky side of the human condition for a night of side-splitting laughter.

Voca People

Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 7pm

Voca People bring you an original, out-of-this-world experience of vocal sounds, a cappella singing and beat box. Oh, did we mention the eight, snow-white, ruby-lipped aliens who deliver this perfect harmony?

Monterey Jazz Festival

Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:30pm and 9pm

Featuring Michigan native and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater and a who's who of jazz artists, including Christian McBride, Benny Green, Lewis Nash, Chris Potter and Ambrose Akinmusire.

Breakin' Back to School

Saturday, April 13, 2012 at 1pm and 7pm

Combining athleticism and urban style, Soul Street Dance Company delivers family-friendly dances performed with a sense of humor that is best enjoyed by ages 6 to adult.

Tempted? Get your tickets while they last! Season ticket packages go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7th. Choose three or four performances and get 10% off, or select five and take 20% off the individual ticket price. Not only will you save, you'll also get the best seats in the house!

To become a season ticket holder, visit the City Opera House at 106 E Front Street in Traverse City, go online at, or call 231.941.8082 ext. 201. You can also take it a show at a time; individual tickets go on sale mid-June.

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