Category Archives: Performance Reviews

The Summer Night Romances


-Notes from our 2013 Production-

What a weekend!
We launched A Summer Night Romance – a jazz concert full of classic crooner tunes and heart-warming melodies from the 20s-50s.

It took many hard working people to make it all happen. Thank you so much!  We’ve got a bit of work yet to do for our final performance, but after the overwhelmingly positive responses to the first two, we are encouraged and inspired to successfully complete this bold production.

Friday was in the Club Theatre of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Great crowd. Splendid treats. Fabulous instrumentalists. It was a really fun jazz club style performance. (Thanks to technical issues, those pictures are forthcoming.)

Sunday was magical. untitled-44-13

Who doesn’t dream of the perfect outdoor concert?


And who in the western Minneapolis suburbs doesn’t love the Eden Prairie Dunn Bros at the Smith Douglas More House?

Bet you’ve never seen the patio looking like this, though, have you?


Perfect weather + live music + homemade desserts + coffee + wine + candles =

photo credit: Andrew Kurcan

Did I mention live music…untitled-80-20

We were so happy to have some Eden Prairie city councilmembers present who were instrumental in saving the historic Smith Douglas More House.  They confirmed that this music would indeed have been celebrated by the home’s former owners. How special it is to perform such timeless and nostalgic music in an historically appropriate venue.



Each venue for these events is so beautifully unique. Each performer is so beautifully talented. But don’t just take our word for it…



Staupe at the Landmark Center

This “review” is rather delayed, but let’s just say that the fact that I’m writing about it more than two weeks after the performance means that it was quite a concert. (It also means that I have two little sopranos stealing my attention, but still, it was a good concert.)

Landmark Center, photo from Wikipedia

On Sunday, October 23, 2011, the Saint Paul Civic Symphony played a concert of epic music – “Gustav Mahler’s Musical Journey” – at the grand Landmark Center in Saint Paul.  It was part of the Landmark Center’s series Sundays at Landmark.  Kudos to both the Landmark Center and the SPCS for providing such high quality music experience for the public at no cost. This particular concert drew my attention because of their guest pianist, Andrew Staupe, a former classmate of mine at the University of Minnesota. Continue reading

Cantus at Colonial

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Last Friday Nathan and I went to another wonderful Cantus concert at Colonial Church of Edina. It was part of their On the Shoulders of Giants series. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them (if it’s possible), Cantus is a group of nine talented singers with strong artistic vision for enhancing the vocal music scene in the Twin Cities and abroad. Continue reading