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106 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
P: (231) 941-8082
F: (231) 941-7374
The City Opera House serves as a cultural resource and gathering space for the Grand Traverse region. The historical venue offers a diversity of programming in music, dance and theatre and acts as a resource for arts education for the Grand Traverse region, particularly the school systems. Individuals are touched by meaningful experiences with the arts and in turn bring that inspiration to their community.
The City Opera House is the oldest of three historically intact Victorian opera houses in Michigan and boasts a rich history as a cornerstone of culture in the Grand Traverse region. Since opening its doors in 1892, this elegant theater has hosted everything from plays and concerts to gala balls, community festivals and celebrations. The “Grand Old Lady,” as she is lovingly known, has served as a community space for more than a century.
The City Opera House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Soon after, a committed group of citizens led efforts to restore the building to its former grandeur and preserve it for generations to come. Its dramatic barrel vault ceiling, fresco paintings, gold leaf accents and Victorian styling offer residents and visitors a vibrant, one-of-a-kind venue.
Today, the City Opera House is proud to partner with Michigan State University's Wharton Center for Performing Arts to present a diverse lineup of performing arts attractions, continuing to serve as a destination for quality arts and cultural entertainment. The versatile design allows the venue to function as a 700-seat theater while providing the flexibility to clear the floor of seating for large gatherings. Victorian charm, acoustic quality, and an accessible location all add up to a unique public environment in the heart of downtown Traverse City.
By presenting quality world-class performing artists, participatory arts education programs, and community engagement activities that enhance quality of life, the City Opera House is committed to serving as an important cultural resource for
Volunteers are key to the success of the City Opera House and needed to facilitate events and maintain a level of hospitality. We welcome involvement and support from the community. We are seeking volunteers to usher during performances and/or provide box office assistance.
Your support allows the arts to thrive in our community and enrich the lives of Traverse City residents. Tickets sales cover only a portion of the City Opera House operating expenses. Gifts to the City Opera House may be directed to our annual fund to support operating expenses not covered through ticket sales, or to our Capital Campaign to help maintain a state-of-the-art facility and build our endowment fund to provide future stability in this volatile market. The City Opera House accepts gifts through check, credit card, stock transfer, or through a designation in your estate plans. To make a contribution or for more information, please contact Kathleen Kenny, Director of Development at City Opera House at 231-941-8082 ext. 207 or email@example.com.
The City Opera House will host several private donor receptions tied to public performances throughout the 2010-11 season. Donors are encouraged to attend, invite their friends and possibly meet the artist!
As we build our programming calendar and grow our partnership with MSU’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts, financial donations to our annual fund and ticket sales are most important. In appreciation of your support, we offer special donor benefits to enhance your experience at each performance.