Date:   4/19/2003

Chance Quintet Playing Easter Weekend

Chance Quintet playing Easter weekend


The historic Thrasher Opera House, in beautiful downtown Green Lake, will be featuring an intriguing combination of five super-talented artists, coming together to perform under the name Chance Quintet on April 19, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.  Ed Willett and Cheryl Leah, founders of the duo Chance, will be joined by the recognizable musical genius of artists Randy Sabien, fiddler, Dane Richeson, percussionist, and Jeff Eckels, bassist, to present an evening of jazz, blues, and chamber music.


Chance is in it for the art.  Over the past fifteen years, their multi-influenced music has intrigued wildly diverse audiences.  First heard nationally on the hit t.v. show “Northern Exposure”, they maintain a full and far reaching schedule of concretizing throughout much of the country.  Their touring has included performances in numerous universities as well as a wide array of arts oriented venues. 


Ed and Cheryl have enjoyed considerable airplay in the United States on college stations, National Public Radio, and television, and have been aired internationally in over 30 countries.  Currently, Chance is a regular feature at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, an annual 3-month concert season in Bayfield, Wisconsin.  Over the last two summer seasons at the Chautauqua, Chance opened for the legendary Little Feat.  Also, as part of the house band for Big Top Chautauqua, they opened for Willie Nelson and the Smothers Brothers.  They are frequently heard on “Tent Show Radio”, the WPR show compiled from live performances at the Chautauqua.  They also toured as part of Big Top founder Warren Nelson’s new musical “30th Star”, a work commissioned by the state of Wisconsin for its Sesquicentennial celebration of statehood.


Other recent credits include the premiere of their new work for chamber ensemble and choir (Fields: A Cantata for the Peaceful Rain”) with world-renowned new music ensemble Present Music from Milwaukee. A movement from this work was recorded by Celtic harpist Kim Robertson, with guests “Solas”, on her new CD (“The Spiral Gate”) on the Narada label. 


An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the rich sounds of acoustic bassist, Jeff Eckels, and percussionist and Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University, Dane Richeson, when they accompanied famed harmonica player Howard Levy at the opera house last year.   Eckels is a well-known recording artist, recording with jazz greats such as Kenny Burrell, Charlie Byrd, and the legendary James Brown.  Richeson, having long been recognized as one of the most versatile virtuosi the percussion world has to offer, has recorded with artists Bobby McFerrin, Lionel Hampton and Stanley Jordon, to name just a few. This year, famed violinist Randy Sabien, a favorite guest of “Prairie Home Companion” and founder of the String Department at the prestigious Berlkee College of Music will join the two, and together they will accompany Chance in performing a variety of music styles ranging from jazz and blues, to an emerging genre known as World Chamber Music. 


Tickets for this exciting Easter weekend performance are $15 and can be purchased at Thrasher Opera House office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Bull Moose Mercantile, and Ripon Drug or by calling 920-294-4279.  Visit our website at for all of the latest information about upcoming concerts.



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