When a classically-trained percussionist with a secret love of musical theater --and killer taste in shoes-- puts on a show, Brian Calhoon’s Marimba Cabaret brings together years of training and a lifetime of passion in an evening of theater tunes, art song, and pop covers performed on marimba, vibraphone, and voice. With covers ranging from Leonard Bernstein to Florence + The Machine, Jason Robert Brown to Sondheim, Paul McCartney to Outkast, Rufus Wainwright to Imogen Heap, with a little Whitney Houston mash-up for good measure, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of songs.
The series of three shows each has a different theme with special guest artists:
The March 16 cabaret will focus on the theme of “love and relationships” and includes special guest and arranger Sharon Chen on marimba.
The April 13 concert will be focused on “coming out and being true to yourself” with guest artist and composer Audrey Harrer on harp and voice.
The May 4 concert will focus on “mental health” and features guest three vocalists: Sonja Tengblad, Sophie Michaux, and Christina English, who are known nationally as outstanding soloists and as part of the Lorelei Ensemble.