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.
Beautiful heartfelt singing on contemporary Christian songs, from The Master's Hand to songs by Bill and Gloria Gather. Renowned baritone Steven Marking is joined by pianist Dottie Cross.
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Steve loves singing in churches. He received a master's in vocal performance from Peabody and has had a successful opera and oratorio career. But his heart and spirit has always remained in the churches, in church music. He grew up a "Norwegian" Lutheran and grew to love the old hymns - so much so that he recorded an album of them; Grandma's Favorite Gospel Hymns, and can often be found leading an old fashioned hymn sing. He also loves the more classical church music; his CD Holy Chestnuts is a collection of Victorian anthems. It was his friendship and working relationship with Dottie Cross, begun in 2004, that introduced him to many of these contemporary Christian pieces. "Every couple of months she would bring me a new song that seemed to fit my voice and style so well. But when she brought me "It Is Finished," it was the words that moved me to tears, so profoundly did they echo the struggles I was going through in my life. Steve and Dottie decided to record this CD together, which they did in 2008. Ten years later, the songs are as beautiful and timeless as they were then. The CD has been released in 2018. For more information about Steve Marking please see stevenmarking.com