Chance is joined by Randy Sabien
Three individually super-talented artists, all from the northern
Chance (comprised of husband and wife, Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah), first heard nationally on TV’s Northern Exposure, has been intriguing audiences across the Western and Mid-Western United States with their live performances for over eighteen years.
Ed Willett, accomplished cellist, guitarist, composer, arranger, and vocalist, (and yes, related to Green Lake’s own Doctor Tom - a younger brother to be exact), earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the U.S.C. School of Music in Los Angeles, California.
Throughout his career he has been a member of many symphony orchestras, toured for several years for Columbia Artists Management with the Clarion Trio as part of their Community Concert Series, and in 1999, he premiered his cello concerto, commissioned by the Chequamegon Bay Area Symphony. Mr. Willett has also performed with the 87-performance tour “Spirit”, the nationally touring Native American/rock ballet written by film composer Peter Buffet. Last summer, along with the house band of the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, he performed with Howard Levy, formerly of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
Cheryl Leah, vocalist, composer, and a published poet and lyricist, is a graduate of the Dick Grove School of Music in
Ms. Leah is known in the music world for her staunch adherence to the pursuit of originality, gaining her the respect of a stunningly wide array of prominent musicians. From the praises of songwriting legend Jackson Browne to those of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Roy Tanabe, the theme remains the same - her voice is one of a kind.
Together, Ed & Cheryl, who make their home in
When jazz violinist, Randy Sabien (suh bean’), picks up his violin, get ready. His rhythmic, bluesy, swingin’ sound will have you bobbing your head, tapping your toes and dancing right out of your chair.
NPR's Jazz Profiles dubbed Randy "The past, present and future of jazz violin." His eclectic style started with classical violin lessons. From there he learned how to play along with records by the Grateful Dead, Papa John Creach, James Taylor and others. He continued his study of classical music at the
In 1977 Randy enrolled at The Berklee College of Music in
In between folk gigs, he worked on material for an album with his newly formed jazz quintet, from which emerged a colorful, melodic, energetic album of blues-based jazz. In a Fog was released and sent out for review in 1981 by Flying Fish Records, gaining glowing reviews from the Billboard, Jazz Times, The Christian Science Monitor and
In 1989 Randy followed his heart to northern
Melding together the styles of these individually talented artists from the northwoods of Wisconsin has produced a fabulous blend that has delighted concertgoers wherever they perform –so don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience what others already know this August 26 by getting your tickets soon.
Tickets for this exciting evening of entertainment are $18 and can be purchased at the Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Ripon Drug, Pick ‘N Save, or at Twister (Princeton), or by calling 920-294-4279. You can also order online at www.thrashersoperahouse.com.