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Sopranorama! to sing at Warren Cultural Center

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:42 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:43 a.m. CDT

GREENFIELD — Sopranorama! will present “Divas of a Different Feather” 7 p.m. July 5 at the Warren Cultural Center in Greenfield. This Twin Cities trio has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at many nationally-recognized venues, singing everything from classical to cabaret.

Janis Hardy, Maria Jette and Molly Sue McDonald are joined by the “bewilderingly versatile” Daniel Chouinard on piano and accordion.

Tickets are available online at www.warrenculturalcenter.com or at Ed and Eva’s, 154 Public Square, Greenfield. Seating for this special concert is $40 balcony premium, $30 premium and $20 standard. Jasper Winery will be selling its varieties by the bottle. Call 641-743-2566 or 343-7337 for more information.

“With Sopranorama!, Maria, Molly Sue and Janis are creating a more realistic picture of the soprano as that kind, smart and funny friend you would love to have over for dinner or a chat. They are not scary at all, and man, can they sing!” writes Dale Connelly of Minnesota Public Radio’s Morning Show.

Singing together for nearly 15 years, each of the three singing friends bring credentials to the stage.

Hardy began her career as a member of Center Opera/Minnesota Opera’s resident ensemble, creating roles in many world premieres, including Argento’s Postcard from Morocco and Susa’s Transformations. Operatic credits include Houston Grand Opera, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City Lyric and Boston Opera. She’s been a featured artist at the Cabrillo, Aldeburgh and Sommerfest festivals and is associate professor of voice at St. Olaf College, where she codirects the Lyric Theater program.

Jette has appeared with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, Santa Rosa, Charlotte,  Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin and San Antonio symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She’s sung in Germany, Spain, Venezuela, Japan and Canada. In her alternate persona, she’s performed her own production of Seuss/Kapilow’s Green Eggs and Ham for more than 30,000 children around the USA. She’s often heard in the Twin Cities with Vocalessence, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia and Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre, and nationally on A Prairie Home Companion.

McDonald is familiar to Twin Cities audiences through her work at the Guthrie, Chanhassen, Park Square and Old Log theaters. Other regional credits include the Arizona Theater Company, Goodman Theater and Chicago’s Marriott Lincolnshire Theater. She has sung with symphony orchestras of Minnesota, Columbus, Kansas City, Duluth, South Bend, Des Moines, Sioux Falls, Fargo and Cedar Rapids. Across the US, as well as Canada, France and Belgium, she has worked with such luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Garrison Keillor and Maureen McGovern. Her lullaby collection, Child of Mine, received the ALA Notable Children’s Recording Award.

Chouinard is pianist and accordionist for artists in the Twin Cities and beyond, appearing in numerous concerts and recordings. As a musician and storyteller, he’s regularly commissioned to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, with additional appearances at the Fitzgerald Theater and Guthrie Theater. 

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