The February Show!
with JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske
with JoAnn Funk and Jeff Brueske
St Mane Theater, 206 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN
A wonderful show of all things February (yes, including Valentine's Day! Steve is joined by jazz singer pianist JoAnn Funk and bassist vocalist Jeff Brueske. Enjoy an evening of music and humor! St Mane Website
The Dunsmore Room, 6161 Highway 65 NE, Fridley, MN
Music and laughter! In February! Jazz pianist singer JoAnn Funk brings her unique piano vocal style to this entertaining show. Her style has been compared to Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall but is very much her own. JoAnn is a Twin Cities favorite who most recently performed with Jeff Brueske for Jazz in The Lobby Bar at The Saint Paul Hotel. Her fourth and most recent CD, Jazz in The Lobby Bar, continues to receive international airplay. These days she is traveling and performing - enjoy this rare treat to hear her in the Twin Cities! Baritone Steven Marking will be performing an astonishing range of music, from Schubert, Samuel Barber and Flanders and Swann, to songs from musicals. Steven has over 40 opera roles to his credit. Since his move to the Twin Cities in 2012, he has sung with the Minnesota Chorale, Metropolitan Symphony, performed a role with Minnesota Opera, sung many oratorios, led hymn sings and performed his popular show Our Mighty Mississippi, as well as shows with Jeff and JoAnn. His newest CD, "Holy Chestnuts", is collection of Victorian Era Anthems, recorded with organ and piano at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, where he was the bass baritone soloist for four years. Never one to take himself too seriously, Steve has a comfortable stage presence and is a marvelous storyteller. Bassist and vocalist Jeff Brueske rounds out the talented trio, adding swing and beauty to everything, and also doing some great singing. Jeff might be the most understated musician you will ever meet. He is a choir director, educator, has a master's degree in guitar performance and is also a fine bassist. His vocals are a treat and are reminiscent of John Pizzarelli.
Steven Marking is a true renaissance man: stunning baritone, riverlorian (river historian), photographer and filmmaker. His exceptional talents weave through every unique project, yet he is always true to his heart.
Steve is from Brice Praire, Wisconsin. He grew up on and in the Mississippi River. He received his undergraduate degree in voice from Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin and his masters degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He continued his studies at Yale University and then spent twenty years singing opera and oratorio in the New York area.He has over forty opera roles to his credit. A charismatic presence on stage, Steve has the qualities of all the very best baritones: finished phrasing, excellent breath control and pitch, and superb diction.
The Mississippi River and his roots called him home in 2010, and he discovered his passion and talent for photographing and filming his beloved Mississippi River. He turned his passion into his popular show, Our Mighty Mississippi, a magical journey of song, storytelling and visual imagery celebrating America’s greatest river.
Since his move to the Twin Cities in 2012, he has performed his own shows, sung with Minnesota Opera, the Metropolitan Symphony and Minnesota Chorale, performed in many oratorios and released three new CDs and two DVDs. . In addition to his local performances, he is a riverlorian (river historian), providing insightful river education and wonderful musical performances for American Cruise Lines as they cruise the Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. He loves this unique job that combines his passion for the river with his music, but he finds ways to express his spirit in everything he does.
Steve loves to sing in church and considers it a part of worship. From 2013-2018 he was the bass baritone soloist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With his Norwegian Lutheran heritage, he is steeped in the beloved old time hymns. And through his opera background he grew to love classical and gospel religious music.
When Steve is home in St Paul, he can often be found on the backwaters of the Mississippi, filming his beloved Mississippi, catching the lotus in bloom or the arrival of the tundra swans.
Steve has recorded five CDs and two DVDs. CDs: Holy Chestnuts,Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns, Toscanini and Friends, Our Mighty Mississippi and Lord, Here Am I. He has filmed, photographed, edited and added his own music to his popular DVDs: Our Mighty Mississippi and Riverscapes.
It is exciting to see where his projects take him!