Maria Jette began her professional life performing a combination of contemporary music and early music and rapidly branched out into other eras and styles. As she likes almost everything, she has now sung it. She’s appeared with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rose, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, San Antonio, and New York Chamber Symphonies, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica. She has sung over 45 operatic roles and premiered works by Dominick Argento, Randall Davison, David Evan Thomas, Steve Heitzeg, Russell Platt, and Janika Vandervelde. For her service to new music, she was awarded a lifetime membership by the American Composers Forum.
Dan Chouinard is a saloon pianist, street accordionist, concert soloist and accompanist, a polyglot both musical and linguistic, a writer, Italian teacher, and bicyclist. He is frequently commissioned to create and host programs that blend history, memoir and music for Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Historical Society, and theaters throughout the region. He made numerous appearances A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and now leads Lush Country, a band of Prairie Home veterans who play country hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. He leads sing-alongs around town (including at Forepaugh’s Restaurant) and concertizes constantly with dozens of the area’s top artists.
TOGETHER: Dan and Maria have performed together countless times over the couple of decades, sharing musical and cultural interests ranging from a love of all things French to American novelty tunes, and generally having a good time with an audience. They’ve performed on three Prairie Home Companion cruises, and have released two really fun CDs of lyrics by the great comic novelist, PG Wodehouse: In Our Little Paradise (2011) and The Siren’s Song: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway (2014).
Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard are presented in partnership with The Schubert Club!
TICKETS & LOGISTICS: There are no tickets. For all shows we request a $10 donation/adult, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artist. Seating is first come first served, with gate open at 6:30. We ask that you bring your own chair/blanket, and anything that you like to eat or drink. (Adult beverages allowed.) We provide an onsite bathroom in our house. NO ANIMALS ALLOWED.