Midwinter Mix Tape

Kicking off the Cabaret Night series live online, get ready for vocalist Jennifer Eckes to come into your home for an evening of fine music and good humor! Joined by Kevin Werner Hohlstein on piano, these two will deliver familiar, classic tunes from the Great American Songbook, sprinkling in some newer and rarer gems, all to provide reflections on the spirit of winter, the hope of spring, and the relationships that carry us through it all. It’s sure to warm you up like a cozy blanket!

Jennifer Eckes

Jennifer has been singing professionally in the Twin Cities area for over two decades, on stage in theatrical productions and as a concert soloist and cabaret artist.

Most recently, she was seen in the St. Croix Valley Opera’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, as well as performing for their At Home concert in June 2020. She has performed with numerous local companies, notably the Ordway Center, Artistry Theater, Plymouth Playhouse, Skylark Opera Theatre, and the Minnesota Opera. A versatile vocalist, Eckes has found solo opportunities at venues such as the Bloomington Center for the Arts, Hastings Arts Center, Hanifl Performing Arts Center, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Honey Lounge, Crooners, and the Nicollet Island Inn.

Touted by reviewers for her “strong, lovely voice” and an “engaging gift for song”, Jennifer loves to tell the story of each song she sings in order to reach the audience on a personal level. She is thrilled to be a part of Cabaret Night coming soon to Brix Music Cafe!

Kevin Hohlstein

Kevin is a native of Lodi, Wisconsin, but has called Minneapolis/St. Paul home since 1995. Before moving to the Twin Cities, Kevin completed a BA in Music at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and while in school had the opportunity to work with the Eau Claire Children’s Theater and Fanny Hill Dinner Theater.

In his performing career, Kevin has had the opportunity to be involved in many different styles of musical performing—from opera to musical theater to cabaret to pop to club singing. He has performed with many companies including Chanhassen Dinner Theater and the Minnesota Opera. Recently, Kevin is most often seen performing cabaret, as both a member of a duo and an active member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network.

When not performing, Kevin teaches as a member of the faculty at Perpich Arts High School as well as private voice out of his home studio. He also serves as Minister of Music at Living Table UCC in Minneapolis.

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