Featuring Anita Kallan, Jason Martin, Duncan Moore, and Catherine Thomson. With musical director Mark Burnell.
Celebrate the life and work of Leonard Bernstein, composer, lyricist, conductor, educator, and humanitarian, as we approach the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Bernstein’s compositions include operas, film scores, art songs, and orchestral pieces, but our quartet, showcases his substantial contribution to musical theater. Although Bernstein authored his own memorable lyrics, he also collaborated with legendary Broadway lyricists such as Betty Comden and Adolph Green, John LaTouche, Alan Jay Lerner, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, and Richard Wiilbur, whose talents are also celebrated in a line-up featuring songs from On the Town (1944), Peter Pan (1950), Wonderful Town (1953), Candide (1956), West Side Story (1956), Mass (1971), and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (1976).
Anita Kallan sings in cabaret, musical theater, with her church choir, and frankly, almost anywhere they’ll let her! An active member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals (CCP), Anita has also sung around town in such places as Davenport’s Cabaret, The Polo Café, Petterino’s, Blue Star Wine Bar, and at the Park West, as part of the 2013 CCP Gala. Cabaret Scenes magazine describes Anita as “rock solid vocally and confident interpretively which enables her to tell a heck of a story,”
Jason K. Martin teaches Acting, Voice, and Speech courses in both the B.A. and B.F.A. programs at UIC. He is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework ®. He received his M.F.A. in acting from California State University, Long Beach and his B.A. in English from Duke. Jason has coached dialects and/or voice for many Chicago theaters, including: First Folio, Piccolo, Raven, Haven, Muse of Fire, Shattered Globe, Red Tape, National Pastime, Greenhouse Theater Center, Silk Road, and the Goodman.
Duncan Moore is an active member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Old Irving Park. Although really a baritone, Duncan sings the tenor part in the choir at St. John’s, and we’re fortunate to have him singing tenor for our Bernstein quartet. He has performed in several cabaret shows at Davenport’s in Wicker Park, including “Recognition” (with Catherine Thomson) and “After All of This: The World of Susan Werner.”
Catherine Thomson’s performance career began, and nearly ended, when she refused to sing Papa Haydn at her first piano recital. She has been reviewed in Cabaret Scenes as “…a cabaret artist to watch. Not only does she sing like a canary and move like a cat, she gets the art of cabaret and thus is, above all, a wonderful story teller.” Catherine and Duncan shared the stage in Recognition, and she and Anita joined forces in Dangerous Women.
Mark Burnell (Music Director and Accompanist) trained vocalists for 10 years at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his MFA. He also taught at Northwestern, Roosevelt, Chicago State, the International Cabaret Conference at Yale, and ArtsBridge. Mark has worked with Dave Frishberg, Howie Mandel, Connie Francis, Louie Bellson, Richie Cole, Sally Mayes, Laurel Masse, Ward Swingle, Rob Marshall, Blair Underwood, Laura San Giacomo, and Seth Myers. He has performed in New York, Bern, Lausanne, Zurich, Geneva, Paris, Freiburg and Amsterdam. A founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, he plays locally at the Signature Room, Tortoise Supper Club, and Gorham United Methodist Church.
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