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Sunday, October 1, 2023
The Phipps Center for the Arts
As the late sunsets of long days begin to fade, and the harvest moon begins to shine, come revel in the sounds of Summer and welcome Fall in all its splendor. Twin Cities vocalist Jennifer Eckes and friends will explore songs from Broadway and beyond, singing of “when grass was green and grain was yellow” with tunes like “Autumn in New York”, “September Song” and “The Colors of my Life”.
Jennifer Eckes has sung professionally for over two decades, in stage productions large and small, and as a soloist in concerts and cabaret shows. Based in St. Paul, she has performed in local theatrical productions with the Ordway Center, Artistry Theater, Plymouth Playhouse, Skylark Opera Theatre, the Minnesota Opera, and many others. An eclectic vocalist, she has found many musical revue and solo opportunities throughout the region, at venues including Bloomington Center for the Arts, Hastings Arts Center, Hanifl Performing Arts Center, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Honey Lounge, and the Nicollet Island Inn. Jennifer has a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Luther College, but found her passion for the Great American Songbook and cabaret as a fellow at the Cabaret Conference at Yale University in 2003 & 2007, and is a founding member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network. Her voice has been called "crystalline" and "rock solid" by reviewers, often praised for her warm stage presence and “plain-spoken charm”. Jennifer particularly loves telling the story of a well-written song, using humor and honesty to reach the audience on a personal level.
Bradley Beahen is excited to be back at the keys in his debut with both SCVO and the Phipps Center! This is also his first cabaret with Jennifer Eckes, having most recently worked together on Bright Star at Daleko Arts. Bradley is an actor, singer, and musician who has been fortunate to work on stage at the History Theatre, The Ordway, Chanhassen, Daleko Arts, Theater Latte Da, as well as Off-Broadway and a lovely handful of regional theaters over the years. As a Music Director, he’s worked locally at Lyric Arts, Daleko Arts, Old Log, Chanhassen, and Artistry.