‘Tis the Season - A Holiday Cabaret!

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Friday, December 23, 2022

1:30 AM

Jennifer Eckes and Friends Holiday Cabaret

After a sold-out cabaret series last season, the St. Croix Valley Opera upsizes their popular concert for the main stage, taking on all the holiday hits. This special Christmas cabaret edition will weave together songs and stories for a fabulous evening of entertainment honoring the most wonderful time of the year. Featuring vocalists Jennifer Eckes and Katia Cardenas, with Joey Clark on piano and vocals, and Chris Bates on bass.

Jennifer Eckes and Katia Cardenas

Jennifer Eckes and Friends Holiday Cabaret

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.

A luminous, multi-genre vocalist, and international touring artist based in St. Paul, MN, Katia Cardenas inspires audiences with her smooth, powerful voice and infectious, uplifting energy. Since an early age, Katia has been performing an inspired and enticing variety of musical styles with the Twin Cities’ top players, and has been described as having “the pipes to get over an R&B tune, but also has the instincts and subtlety to handle jazz standards.” (Rhythm & Grooves)

Katia emerged on the Twin Cities music scene in 2014, and quickly rose to prominence, performing at respected venues and events throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul, including Dakota Jazz Club, The Icehouse, kj's hideaway, Crooners, Jazz Central Studios, Saturday Night Jazz, Twin Cities Jazz Festival and more! She has also performed with respected local show bands, including Casablanca Orchestra and Boogie Wonderland. She released her debut album "I'll be Seeing You" in 2016, launched her first international tour in Mexico in late 2018, and more recently, has been performing her own original music, and a new tribute show to Sara Bareilles. Learn more at KatiaCardenas.com

Joey Clark and Chris Bates

Joey Clark and Chris Bates

Joey Clark is a musical theater and cabaret performer, director and teaching artist. His work has been seen on the stages of Nautilus Music Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theatre (Artistry), Park Square Theatre, Theatre Mu, Skylark Opera, Frank Theater, Theatre Latte Da, and the Ordway. Joey’s cabaret work began at NYC’s Duplex Cabaret Bar, and he has since gone on to direct, musical direct and perform in 60+ cabarets. He is a member of the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network (TCCAN). As an educator, Joey served as Musical Theatre Department Chair for Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA) and taught at the Children’s Theatre Company. He teaches a wide variety of classes, leads choruses, and produces Cabarets at senior residences through his partnerships with MacPhail’s Music For Life Program and The History Theatre. Recently, Joey created and directed “Holding On: Unexpected Stories from WWII” with a cast ranging in age from 9-92 years old, produced by Hero Now Theatre in Antonello Hall. In 2022, Joey became the leader of the St. Paul Giving Voice Chorus for persons living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners.

Chris Bates, bassist / composer. Solo releases: Red 5 & Good Vibes Trio. Member of McKnight Performer Fellowship winning Atlantis Quartet (’15) & winner of McKnight Composer Fellowship (’99). Red Planet w/ Bill Carrothers April 2017. doublebates.com