Steven Marking & JoAnn Funk present “The February Show!”Name: Steven Marking & JoAnn Funk present “The February Show!”Date: February 14, 2020Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CSTTrip Builder: View TripEvent Description:
Lanesboro Arts is proud to present “The February Show!,” a delightful Valentine’s Day variety show of music, stories and laughter featuring Steven Marking, baritone; JoAnn Funk, jazz piano/vocals; and Jeff Brueske bass/piano, on Friday, February 14 at the St. Mane Theatre in downtown Lanesboro, MN.
Steven and his wife JoAnn team up for this one of a kind variety show of extraordinary musical repertoire. JoAnn is not only a talented jazz pianist with a sultry singing style all her own but an accomplished classical pianist. Steven has sung opera and oratorio professionally for many years and he is equally at home in all styles of music, from the American songbook to show tunes and gospel. He is a comfortable and charismatic performer and best of all, being Norwegian, he also tells Ole and Lena jokes like nobody else. They join their considerable talents, both as soloists and in their duets, to take you on a rollicking and stunning ride filled with awe, toe tapping and laughter!
Returning to the St. Mane after a nearly sold out performance during the 2017 Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition, baritone Steven Marking performs an astonishing range of music, from songs and musicals to Schubert, Samuel Barber and Flanders and Swann. 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.
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 is well known to her fans for her nine years of performances of 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!
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.
This event is presented by Lanesboro Arts and sponsored by the Wisconsin Public Radio, Commonweal Theatre, Inspire(d) Magazine, High Court Pub and Granny’s Liquors.