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The Birthday Club with Dan Chouinard feat. Maria Jette
Sun · July 9, 2017
7:00 pmThe Dunsmore Room at Crooners
$15.00 - $40.00
The Birthday Club
Toasting the month’s music birthdays
At least two Sunday nights a month, Dan Chouinard brings in a stellar guest singer to toast the music birthdays and anniversaries of the month at the Dunsmore Room at Crooner’s Lounge. Some familiar, some not, all worth celebrating. A relaxed and unpredictable evening of conversation and music and dose of history, singing along optional.
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The list of regular Twin Cities colleagues includes Maria Jette, Prudence Johnson, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling, Ann Reed, the Rose Ensemble and Philip Brunelle and Vocalessence. He’s appeared all across the upper Midwest and turned up often on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
As a writer and host he’s often asked to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the MN Historical Society, the Rose Ensemble and others. His show Civil War Homecoming played at the Fitzgerald Theater in April 2015, was broadcast statewide on MPR and continues to be shown on Twin Cities Public Television. His stage musical Steerage Song toured throughout Minnesota in 2013, a show co-authored with Peter Rothstein about the Ellis Island era of immigration to the US, as portrayed in folk songs, newspaper clippings and Tin Pan Alley tunes. In 2014 his show Cafe Europa, about bicycling with an accordion from Naples to Normandy in search of Minnesota WWII stories, was broadcast and televised statewide.
In 1994 he created an acclaimed radio series The Singer’s Voice, broadcast live Sunday nights from the Dakota Jazz Club, then in St. Paul, hosting song-spiked conversation from the piano with a different singer each week, over 200 in the six years of the show’s tenure.
His essays have been published in Minnesota Monthly, Saint John’s Magazine, the Minnesota Orchestra’s Showcase magazine and in the Minneapolis StarTribune.
He’s traveled extensively in France and Italy, with bicycle and without, and has presented French and Italian sing-alongs at the Alliance Française in Minneapolis. He spent the last months of summer 2015 working in Italy on an independent Hollywood film, Smitten!, to be released early next year.
He’s a musical consultant and concert organizer at the progressive St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in South Minneapolis, and leads monthly community sing-alongs in downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Park.
He grew up in a big musical family near Lindstrom MN, attended St. John’s University in Collegeville MN and spent four years as a teacher of French and Italian as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals, the Maverick Chamber Series and the Oregon Festival of American Music, shes often heard nationally on Garrison Keillors A Prairie Home Companion.
Maria is an ecumenical recitalist: her programs range from songs of Grieg or Fauré through Edwardian parlor music and Latin American chamber music, liberally interspersed with Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook. Shes performed her own productions of Seuss/Kapilows Green Eggs & Ham and Gertrude McFuzz for over 50,000 kids throughout the country, with pit bands, symphony orchestras, and even just piano and train whistle!
Recent activities include Prairie Home Companions last two cruises: 2013s Mediterranean, and last 2014s Baltic capitals; Vivaldi cantatas and neglected Swedish music with the new Minnesota Vivaldi Festival (co-founded with harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky); the US premiere of Jonathan Doves There Was a Child with VocalEssence; and music for Mothers Day with The New Standards for The Schubert Club & Music in the Park. This season, shes sung songs of Edvard Grieg with pianist Sonja Thompson for both The Edvard Grieg Society in Minneapolis and the Grand Forks Symphony. In October, she sings the long-delayed premiere of Dominick Argentos Ode to the West Wind (1957) with The Metropolitan Symphony; Strauss Four Last Songs with the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra; and in November, repeats Augusts performance of Rachmaninoffs Six Romances op 38 and her own new singing translation of Shostakovichs Satires, in a benefit for Alexandrias The Festival of the Lakes (at Plymouth Congregational Church). She returns to Indianapolis for her second set of Holiday Pops with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, where she will also sing Messiah with that excellent chorus and the Indianapolis Symphony.
The Dunsmore Room at Crooners
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432