Wine Women & Song

Saturday July 13th 7PM
Prairie Pines Arboretum
3100 N. 112th St.

Join us for a magical evening of wine, women, & song in a picturesque wooded setting!
Kitt Reuter Foss, mezzo soprano
Jackie Allen, jazz vocalist
Molly Brown, singer-songwriter

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Wisconsin-born mezzo soprano Kitt Reuter-Foss made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the Second Lady in The Magic Flute under the baton of Maestro James Levine. Ms. Reuter-Foss returned to the Met for La Traviata, Falstaff, Le Nozze di Figaro, the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles, and the house debuts of Rusulka and Death in Venice.

Ms. Reuter-Foss has sung with many opera companies throughout the United States including Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston, Portland, Milwaukee, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Madison, and many others. Ms. Reuter-Foss made her international operatic debut with the New Japan Philharmonic under the direction of Seiji Ozawa (The Magic Flute).

Ms. Reuter-Foss' operatic repertoire includes the roles of Carmen, La Cenerentola, Rosina, Isabella, Despina, Dorabella, Nicklausse, Cherubino, Hansel, Stephano, Suzuki, Maddelena, and many others. Her symphonic engagements have taken Ms. Reuter-Foss throughout the United States including performances with orchestras in New York, Milwaukee, and many others. Her repertoire includes Verdi Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, Mozart's Requiem and Mass in Cminor, Bach's Magnificat and Mass in B minor.

Ms. Reuter-Foss was a Metropolitan Opera National Auditions Winner in 1990, and has been the recipient of many other national vocal awards including the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award. Ms. Reuter-Foss was the recipient of the first annual Alumni Achievement Award given by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music for her accomplishments in vocal performance. Ms. Reuter-Foss holds two degrees in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin.

Equally at home performing jazz and musical theatre. Kitt has shared the stage with jazz greats, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Sidran, and Richard Davis to name a few. She sang the lead role of Mrs Anna in Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" and regularly includes Broadway and American standard repertoire on her recitals. She was a studio singer recording with rap artist Bow Wow and her voice can be heard on many commercial and studio recordings.

As a coach/clinician, Ms. Reuter-Foss' love for teaching has taken her to universities and conservatories throughout the U.S. Kitt has performed as guest artist and led master classes in Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, and Iowa and Kansas. As a private voice teacher for more than 25 years, Kitt has trained many young singers to become college voice majors and music lovers for life. Her connections with both her students and their families continues long after they move on to new stages of life.
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Toronto native, folk-country-rock artist Molly Brown is an unchained songstress. Pairing inspired, honest lyrical quips with exceptional musicianship and vocal delivery, she offers her story to listeners who crave authenticity and heart.

In 2009, Molly moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. where she performed in the prestigious ‘Singer’s Showcase.' A competition-based production, the event is judged by an esteemed panel of industry professionals (singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor and American Idol’s Debra Byrd), streamed online all over the world, and voted on by it’s viewers. Thanks to support from her many fans in Toronto, Molly performed in the winning line-up of students. The momentum from ‘Singer’s Showcase’ led to a recording of two of her original songs at the Woodshed Studio in Toronto; the home of legendary Canadian rock band, Blue Rodeo.

In 2013 Molly was chosen out of the entire Berklee graduating class to perform at the annual Commencement Concert at Agganis Arena. There, in front of 7,500 people, she was privileged to share the stage with legends such as Willie Nelson, Carole King, Kris Kristofferson and Annie Lennox.

Before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, Molly returned to the Woodshed Studio in Toronto to record a new single, “Travel in Twos”. She was lucky enough to track the love song with award-winning Canadian fiddler, Anne Lindsay. The song and music video were released in November 2014 in advance of her EP, “The High Road”.

Since its release in 2015, “The High Road” has become critically acclaimed by some of Music City’s most admired publications and industry professionals. It was listed as #9 of the Top Female Country Albums of 2016 by Queens of Country alongside Lori McKenna, Aubrie Sellers, and Margo Price. Two singles from the album, “This Town” and “Montana” were both chosen as semi-finalists in the prestigious Unsigned Only International Songwriting competition for "their exceptional lyrics and traditional yet experimental representation of the Country/Folk music genres." The buzz generated from the competition allowed Molly to complete a radio tour across Ontario, adding “Montana” to the daily rotation of Canada’s KX Country stations.

“The High Road” Reviews

“‘The High Road’ is a mature set of well-crafted songs that make an impression (as well as a desire to hear more). It’s an end of year favorite from 2015 …”- The Daily Country

“Arguably, like other artists who manage to not only capture but hold an audience’s attention, Brown’s greatest strength is her believability. She doesn’t merely play and sing; she inhabits her songs, infusing them with a sense of intimacy and immediacy.” – Goodnight Hestia
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Critically acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, educator, Jackie Allen released her 12th CD, Rose Fingered Dawn, in 2017. Originally titled Moon's On the Rise and supported by a Kickstarter campaign, Rose Fingered Dawn features her long-time band with the addition of a top flight triple horn section, Victor Garcia (tpt), Geof Bradfield (sax/bs cl), and Andy Baker (tbone). My Favorite Color was first studio album in 7 years was produced by her bassist husband, Hans Sturm. Starry Night (‘09) was recorded live with chamber orchestra and features star-themed songs penned by arrangers who have written for such legends and noted artists as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Doc Severinsen, and Bobby McFerrin.

Described as “utterly distinctive and even innovative” by Billboard Magazine, Jackie is renown for her transcendent interpretations. Her extraordinary talent has taken her on multiple tours of Europe, Morocco, Brazil, China and Taiwan. Nationally she has toured both coasts and in-between appearing in Los Angeles at Catalina’s, San Francisco at Yoshi’s, San Diego at Humphrey's, and New York City at The Blue Note and The Josef Papp Public Theater. She was featured artist with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in Chicago’s Millennium Park and Auditorium Theater for Ella Fitzgerald’s 95 Birthday Celebration. She has performed international festivals in Detroit, Chicago, Paris, The Hague, Stuttgart, Edinburgh, Bologna, Beijing, Hong Kong, Thessaloniki, Sao Paulo and more. Regionally, she has appeared in Denver, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Omaha and Chicago.

A respected jazz educator, Allen teaches at Doane College, NE and has taught at University Nebraska, Lincoln, Ball State University (IN), Roosevelt University, Elmhurst College (IL) and The Old Town School Of Folk Music, Chicago.

Born in Milwaukee, WI Jackie grew up in McFarland, a suburb of Madison, WI. She was surrounded by music, her father Louis (Gene), a Dixieland jazz tuba player. Jackie and her four siblings played brass instruments as well, Jackie choosing the French horn. She attended U.W. Madison studying Vocal Performance and Jazz. In the late 80s, Jackie moved to Milwaukee and met pianist/organist Melvin Rhyne (Wes Montgomery) and worked together 4 years before moving to Chicago. There she began her recording career, recording for labels Lake Shore Jazz, Naxos Jazz, A440, Red Mark, Blue Note Records and others. Jackie met “Chicago’s First Lady of Jazz” pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts and began a long musical relationship recording two CDs, Santa Baby and Autumn Leaves. Jackie and her own combo recorded 3 critically acclaimed CDs for A440 and Blue Note, The Men In My Life (2003), Love Is Blue (2004) and Tangled (2006). Jackie has served multiple terms on the Board of Governors and Jazz Nominating Committee for the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards).