The February Show! with JoAnn Funk & Jeff Brueske

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The February Show!

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 February Show!

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.


Steve's New CD!

Steve's unique baritone voice is powerful enough to easily soar over an orchestra while still retaining perfect pitch, musicality and diction. His warm and magnetic stage presence enhances every performance.                                                                                         

Since his move to the Twin Cities in 2012, he has had a busy performing career: an opera role, many oratorios, and performing his own show, Our Mighty Mississippi.

With his love of beautifully written church music, Steve especially enjoys oratorio. He has performed the baritone solos in the Dvorak Te Deum with the Metropolitan Symphony and Minnesota Chorale. Within the last five years, he has performed the baritone solos for: The Bach B Minor Mass, Brahms Requiem, Faure Requiem, Brubeck's Gates of Justice Hodie Fantasia, Mozart Requiem and the Haydn Creation with symphony and choir at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.

Below are some samples of Steve's extraordinary singing.





Steve also enjoys singing the beloved hymns: In the Garden, Shall We Gather at The River etc. In his work as riverlorian and guest entertainer for American Cruise Lines, he leads a weekly hymn sing and delights in the sounds and joys of people being brought together in uplifting song.