Marimba Cabaret: SFCM

Marimba Cabaret: SFCM

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Brian returns to his alma mater, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as part of the Alumni Artist Insight series to share his journey from classical percussionist to singing cabaret artist. Free and open to the public! Registration suggested.

Friday, September 21, 7:30pm

SFCM - Osher Salon

Alumni Artist Insights

About the Alumni Artist Insights Series

Alumni Artist Insights is a series of performances and artist talks that showcases performing alumni and their stories. The interactive format shares the artist’s journey with audiences and brings a unique perspective to the music and performance.

About the Performers

Brian Calhoon (B.M. '07 percussion) combines his experience as a percussionist and vocalist to perform a unique collection of music for marimba and his voice. A Bay Area native, Brian shares his path from orchestral percussionist to singing cabaret artist. Hear stories from his move to Boston and building a career in arts administration, coming out of the "musical closet" and creating the Marimba Cabaret. This dynamic program pairs contemporary art songs written for Brian alongside his adaptations of musical theatre and popular music for marimba, vibraphone and his voice. Brian will be joined by fellow SFCM alumnus and faculty member, Stan Muncy.

Stan Muncy (M.M. '06 percussion) is a regular extra with the San Francisco Symphony, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and was acting percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Honolulu Symphony. His recording credits extend to the NAXOS classical label and many film and video game scores recorded at Warner Brothers Studios, Capitol Records, and Skywalker Sound. He also enjoys a prolific new music career performing with SF Contemporary Music Players, and having toured with four-time Grammy-winning new music sextet eighth blackbird. He is currently on faculty at CSU, Stanislaus and SFCM.

Marimba Cabaret: D.C.

Marimba Cabaret: D.C.

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Come out of the musical closet with Brian & Erika!

Marimba Cabaret is what happens when two classically-trained percussionists with a love of showtunes and shoes put on a show. Brian Calhoon embraces his love of karaoke, marimba and heels, while Erika Johnson loves arranging awesomely bad songs for percussion and her voice. Together, they present a dynamic show of musical theater, pop covers and guilty pleasures re-imagined for marimba, percussion and their voices.

"What's a marimba?" Like a xylophone, but bigger and more fabulous -- just like Brian. ;-) Fresh off of performances in Boston, Portland, and Provincetown, don’t miss the D.C. debut at the DC Arts Center!

Winner of the 2017 Critic’s Choice Award at PortFringe Theater Festival, audiences say Marimba Cabaret is "a fabulous time!" and “fun, unexpected, inventive, and full of heart!”. Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and sing along, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of mash-ups and marimba covers.

Thursday, September 27, 7:30pm

DC Arts Center (DCAC)

$15 general admission | $10 students & DCAC members

18+. Adult beverages available with valid ID

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About the Artists

Brian Calhoon combines his experience as a percussionist and vocalist to perform a unique collection of music for marimba and his voice. In 2013, Brian made his stiletto debut as marimba soloist with the Boston Gay Men's Chorus during the Candelabra Cantata, opposite "Liberace" in a battle of dueling keyboards.

Erika Johnson brings her unique voice and versatility everywhere, from cabarets to orchestral pits and stages. A singer herself, Erika specializes in accompanying voices through innumerable musical theater productions and cabaret. or herself and others, she arranges for the rare combination of voice and percussion. Her arrangement of Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time was recently premiered by New York City-based professional chorus, Choral Chameleon.