The MN Valley Women’s Chorale will open the concert performing some of their favorite repertoire from the past 10 years, as well as performing with Laura Osnes on an exciting Broadway Medley which includes selections from many of the shows she starred in on Broadway. Laura will also be performing Jazz and Big Band Standards with the Genesis Jazz Orchestra.
The Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale, a 90-member community choir south of the river, has been in existence for 10 years under the direction of Artistic Director, Judy Sagen. This choir honors the tradition of performing quality choral music that centers on a community that sings together and introduces audiences to the power and beauty of treble music.
Their featured vocalist, Laura Osnes, a Minnesota native, rose to stardom after winning NBC’s reality TV Competition “Grease: You’re the One That I Want,” earning her the role of Sandy on the Broadway revival of Grease at the age of 21. She quickly found success on Broadway starring as Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Bonnie Parker in Bonnie & Clyde (Tony Award nomination), Cinderella in Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony-Award nomination), and Julia Trojan in Bandstand, which was professionally filmed for Fathom Events and Broadway HD.
The Genesis Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece Jazz Ensemble will bring “Some Enchanted Evening” to life under the expertise of band leader Dave Hagedorn, a retired Artist in Residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he taught percussion, jazz studies, world music, and led the award-winning St. Olaf Jazz I ensemble.