MyNorth News Service

(Press Release provided by City Opera House)

  • The popular lunchtime variety show starts its six-week run on Wednesday, January 21, with free admission and a live telecast.
  • Every Wednesday, January 21-February 25, 2015, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., City Opera House, Traverse City
  • Free Admission. Donations encouraged to City Opera House.
  • Info (Box Office): 106 E. Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

TRAVERSE CITY: The 2015 Picnic at the Opera lineup is announced! The popular Musical Lunchtime LoveFest promises another fun and diverse season — live on stage and on UpNorthTV channel 189 from City Opera House in downtown Traverse City. Performed live on the main stage, Picnic at the Opera is noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday from January 21 through February 25 (six weeks). Admission is FREE and guests are invited to bring a lunch. Donations are requested at the event to help sustain the nonprofit City Opera House.

Picnic at the Opera is a beautiful example of community collaboration. Singer/songwriter Miriam Picó and WTCM Radio’s Jamie Kramer return as hosts of Michigan’s only live TV variety show. Each one-hour show features Miriam’s beautiful music with pianist David Chown, special musical guests and other performers, interviews with visual artists, and a writer’s corner.

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay will feature local artists weekly. Author Anne-Marie Oomen and friends will provide us with “A Flash of Verse” through their short-short stories and poetry.

2015 Picnic at the Opera Lineup (subject to change):

January 21, 2014
Missy Zenker
Old Town Playhouse: Shrek the Musical
Stovepipe Stover – one-man band!

January 28, 2014
E Minor
Soul Step Dance – Nik Carman – 9-year-old phenom!

February 4, 2014
Jetty Rae
TC West Musical Department
Chiara Gerding

Feburary 11, 2014
Blake Elliott
Third Space Movement
Grand Traverse Show Chorus

February 18, 2014
Jeff Hass, Meghan Daigh, Kaylen Wheeler

February 25, 2014
Kevin Reeves
White Tiger Martial Arts
Sashay Quartet

Watch Picnic at the Opera live from the 121-year-old auditorium or on UpNorthTV channel 189 and streamed online at Recorded episodes will be replayed throughout the week on UpNorthTV and will be available on demand on

Picnic at the Opera is generously sponsored by Huntington Bank, with additional support from City Opera House, the UpNorth Media Center, LIAA, 9&10 News, Fox 32 News, WTCM Radio, Northwestern Michigan College, Leightronix, GJ’s Rentals, Pangea’s Pizza, and the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.

The UpNorth Media Center is the cablecast and online home of community-access TV and video for northwest Lower Michigan, including the region’s only public-access (UpNorthTV cable 189) and government-access (cable 191) TV stations and online streaming source (

City Opera House Heritage Association is proud to partner with Michigan State University’s renowned Wharton Center for Performing Arts. City Opera House is a nonprofit destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, educational programming, and public and private events in the heart of the region, downtown Traverse City.