"…a musical party, with every song leaving the audience cheering”.
“’Dear Lenny’ has the fizz, elegance and smoothness of a champagne cocktail”.
"...Dear Lenny: Bernstein's Life in Songs and Letters, an intimate and lovely show celebrates
Bernstein through a different lens, giving us a portrait of the man as well as the musician."
"...incredibly talented cast: Grasselli sails through the coloratura run in “Glitter and Be Gay” like a hot knife through butter, Greenwald unleashed his mighty baritone on the long, lingering notes on “Something’s Coming,” Johnson’s..silky, soulful alto gives …a spine-tingling warmth and earthiness, Chouinard …displays an effortless ease..."
~Cherry and Spoon
“Dear Lenny”, Artist Biographies
DAN CHOUINARD (Piano, vocals) is a musician and a writer of special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the Minnesota Historical Society and others, many broadcast statewide on MPR and TPT. He’s keen on getting people to sing together and hosts several regular sing-alongs. His all-star classic country band, Lush Country, plays all over town. danchouinard.com
DIANA GRASSELLI (Singer), previously signed to Capitol Records with east coast band, Desmond Child & Rouge, Diana has sung with artists such as Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Phoebe Snow, Ronnie Spector, Alice Cooper and Gilda Radner. She is currently rehearsing, recording, teaching and producing projects in the Twin Cities, Nashville and Los Angeles. Owner and director of Chanson Voice & Music Academy and author of The Vertical Voice Vocal Method, this is her fifth project with Chronofon.
BRADLEY GREENWALD (Singer, baritone horn) has appeared on almost every stage in the Twin Cities as an actor and singer. He adapted Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time into a libretto for Libby Larsen's opera, and wrote the book and lyrics for C., an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, produced by Theater Latte Da, Robert Elhai, music. Bradely is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in music, the McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, and a 2006 Ivey Award. facebook.com/bradley.greenwald.9
PRUDENCE JOHNSON (Singer) her long and happy career has landed her in two feature films, (A River Runs Through It; A Prairie Home Companion) on national radio, and on musical theatre and concert stages across North America and Europe. She has released more than a dozen recordings, including the music of the Gershwins, Hoagy Carmichael, and Greg Brown, a collection of international lullabies, and the poetry of Edna St Vincent Millay set to music. In recent years, she has been creating multi-media that blend performance with her interests in history and literature. prudencejohnson.com
BRUCE THORNTON (Clarinet, Flute) holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota. Well-versed in both the classical and jazz fields, he serves as soloist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the upper Midwest and Canada. He has appeared on numerous recordings and maintains a busy performance schedule in the Twin Cities including performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, in orchestras for Broadway musicals, and with the jazz quartet Leisure Valley.
GREG HIPPEN (Bass) jazz, opera, classical, R&B, bluegrass, and good ol’ rock’n’roll…You name it, bassist Greg Hippen has probably played it. “A Prairie Home Companion”, The Minnesota Opera, Sky Lark Opera, the Orpheum Theater, the Ordway Theater, Theater Latté Da, Vocal Essence, and The Wolverines Big Band are among the many artists and music ensembles with whom he has performed throughout a 40-year career in the Twin Cities area. Greg also had a career as a software developer and as a manager of software development with a number of Twin Cities software companies.