Just over two weeks to the first show! We’re pretty excited. Not only do we have a great lineup of music and gorgeous venues, but there are some downright grand people on the program. This post introduces you to some of them. Nathan will share how he got to know them and [some of] the reasons why he is happy to share the stage with them again. I haven’t even met some of them yet! If Nathan’s intro here reaches you as it did me, then I look forward to seeing you when you come out to see these folks in concert.
It’s no secret that a huge part of what drives Nathan’s musical passions is the whole experience of collaborating – interacting, sharing, creating, and growing through developing a program and performing music with others. These Summer Night Romance concerts started with an idea of just me accompanying Nathan, but boy aren’t you glad that has changed! Believe you me, these people offer a much more entertaining package for this particular concept than I do. Their cumulative experience and energy belong only to seasoned performers who are bound to deliver a fabulous event. Three fabulous events, that is.
Allow us to introduce…
Andrew Cooke (8/2), keyboard
“I met Andrew during H.M.S. Pinafore at the Guthrie and appreciated how he is such a nice guy – so humble, approachable, and very talented as a composer/arranger/music director. I’m so grateful that he took time out from a night in his role as music director at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres to do this concert with me!”
Daniel Greco (8/2, 8/4, 8/16), voice
“I met Daniel when we were both singing in Hamlet with the Minnesota Opera chorus. We hit it off pretty easily. I love his infectious passion for performance and teaching. It’ll be exciting to watch his career, especially with his upcoming move to New York for grad school. Thanks for fitting these concerts in amidst the busyness of packing! You will be missed!”
Christy (Anderson) Jones (8/2, 8/4, 8/16), voice
“I’ve known Christy longer than anyone else on the program. As undergrads we performed a ton together in choir, musicals, and opera workshops; and have grown to be close friends over the years. I really value her flexibility and diversity of interests – lyricist, performer, administrator – she brings a lot to the table every time we collaborate.”
Eryn Tvete (8/2, 8/4, 8/16), voice
“I met Eryn through the Minnesota Opera chorus also, and got to know her more through her work with Opera on Tap, for which I really appreciate her administrative organization. When I saw her as a performer and emcee I was floored by her stage presence and knew she would be a great part of these shows.”
Timotha Lanae (8/2, 8/4, 8/16), voice
“I met Timotha during Pinafore as well. We had a blast playing Bananagrams together during almost every intermission, and then some. I really appreciate what she brings to the stage. Besides her amazing talent as an actress/singer/dancer, she also is an incredibly kind and authentic individual.”
Colyn Tvete (8/2, 8/4, 8/16), voice
“Colyn was one of my favorite people to talk to during rehearsals at Minnesota Opera chorus. When I was new at it, he helped show me the ropes and welcome me into the MNOp chorus family. He’s a very jovial-spirited and talented tenor, as you will see.”
Natalie Cromwell (8/2, 8/16), voice
“I met Natalie when she was in the hospital after an operation. Her sister, who studied music with me during our undergrad, invited my men’s vocal ensemble to sing for her. Yes, friendships start in interesting ways. It’s exciting to watch her career take off as she has aggressively pursued her recording and occupational goals in Christian music. She is honest and ambitious and generous – all of which make for a great collaborator.”
Stephanie Cousins (8/4), voice
“I met Stephanie at an admissions dinner at our alma mater when she was still in high school. I was singing for the event, and we sat at the same table. Later we shared the stage in Fiddler on the Roof, my first theater gig after getting my degree. I have a lot of respect for her. She is multitalented and dynamic on the stage.”
Shahzore Shah (8/2, 8/16), voice
“Shahzore is one of my favorite voices in Cantus. For the short time that I sang with them a couple years ago, I was intrigued by Shahzore’s balance of professionalism and personableness. And we share interests other than music, namely cooking and gardening. I’m pretty stoked about the specific songs he is singing for the events.”
There are a few others on the program (if you were doing the ‘math’ – no the show does not consist of only keyboard and voices), all of whom will be playing with Nathan for the first time and come highly recommended. There will be Andrew Foreman the bass player, Paul Hill the drummer, and Dan Musselman the pianist.
Like a said – a pretty nifty lineup, huh?
For more information about tickets to the events, you can click through on the dates above, or go here.
See you at the show!