2 Couples – 2 Pianos – Too Much Fun: with Beckie Menzie, Mark Burnell, Anne Burnell and Irwin Berkowitz

September 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
IL 60605
2 Couples – 2 Pianos – Too Much Fun: with Beckie Menzie, Mark Burnell, Anne Burnell and Irwin Berkowitz @ PianoForte Studios

What happens when you combine two acclaimed Chicago singer/pianists and their talented musical and marital partners into one concert featuring a fabulous foursome?   The answer is TOO MUCH FUN!

From Jazz standards to pop music treasures, these four performers have been known for putting their unique, fresh spins on music in the Chicago land area for over 30 years.  At this rare concert event held at PianoForte, which houses some of the city’s finest grand pianos, you will see Beckie Menzie and Mark Burnell working together on extravagant piano duets, while getting the chance to move out from the piano bench.  Then add in Anne Burnell’s acclaimed vocals and Irwin Berkowitz’s dynamic percussion stylings and you can enjoy everything from songs like Birdland, Lush Life and 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

BECKIE MENZIE has appeared at Lincoln Center and Birdland in NYC and Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, as well as concert halls across the country. Hailed by Chicago’s WGN Radio as “one of the city’s finest cabaret performers,” Beckie was featured with Michael Feinstein for her Carnegie Hall debut and serves as a Musical Director for Feinstein’s Songbook Academy. She performs regularly with Tom Michael and also is one third of the group GIRLS LIKE US. Beckie is the co-host for Monday Night Live.

MARK BURNELL taught at Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, Roosevelt, and at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale.  He’s worked with Dave Frishberg, Howie Mandel, Connie Francis,  Rob Marshall, Louie Bellson, Laura San Giacomo, Blair Underwood, and Seth Myers, and toured in Bern, Zurich, Geneva, Paris, Frieburg and Amsterdam. Locally,  Mark plays at Davenport’s, Signature Room, Tortoise Supper Club, and Gorham United Methodist Church.
“…silky smooth and highly polished” – Chicago Sun Times.  www.burnellmusic.com

ANNE PRINGLE BURNELL has performed for WDCB Jazz Salon, Jazz at the Logan, Chicago Humanities Festival, Andy’s Jazz Club, and The Auditorium Theatre. She and her husband Mark Burnell are known for singing a cappella arrangements, including the national anthem for the Cubs, White Sox, and the Special Olympics. Recordings include: Summer Days and Dreamy Nights, Blues in the Night, Serious, Little Things We Do Together.   She is touring her show ”Cry Me a River – The Music of Julie London” with Mark and guitarist/arranger Henry Johnson. www.anneburnell.com

IRWIN BERKOWITZ has been playing drums and percussion professionally in and around the Chicago area for the last 40 years, performing with local dance bands Rush, MS.B. Haven (where he got to open for the Grammy Award winning band, Survivor.) He currently is the drummer for The Class of ’68, which performs regularly around the Chicagoland area. Irwin has recorded on many independent projects and plays drums and percussion for many of Chicago’s premier cabaret and jazz acts including Beckie Menzie & Tom Michael and Girls Like Us.