Our mission is to draw audiences of both established classical music fans and newcomers alike. We engage our audiences through innovative programing that draws a lineage from classical song to contemporary commercial music (CCM).
"Schumann was honored, as were Eichendorff and Heine, because the spirit of piano/vocal duets was perfectly interpreted as was the poetic message throughout. I haven't heard such nuanced performances of Schumann lieder in years." -Joanne Bollinger, audience member
The elegance of a recital. The irreverence of a punk show.
We believe that there is a correlation between the appreciation of art and the understanding of art, and to that end we strive to engage both of these audiences to explore the form of Art Song through humor, rarely performed classical works, and the inclusion of CCM alongside music from the Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century eras. Our concerts are presented in equal parts at traditional recital settings and accessible venues such as breweries, cafés, and pop-up house concerts. No matter the amount of exposure to Art Song, the vast majority of people are aware of the conventions of a recital. Our mission is to find the alternative to those conventions, and provide a B-Side experience in repertoire, location, and accessibility in order to allow varied audiences to feel inclusion, curiosity, and ownership over the ever-evolving art form that is Art Song.
"This organization is so passionate about the work they put out and put together. The concerts are always prepared and professional but not stuffy." -Sarah Johnson, audience member
Co-Founder Justin Anthony Spenner at Alitteration is Sexy
"Mario and Justin have a great stage presence as well as fantastic voices...there was a happy vibe, helped by Mario and Justin’s gentle, gracious manner. A friendly, peaceful evening with lovely music." -Charlie Wallace, audience member
Completed Concerts: Double Kreissed (Hamline Methodist Church, St. Paul, MN), Heinekenn (Pine Mountain Music Festival, Houghton, MI), Alliteration is Sexy (Barely Bros. Records, St. Paul, MN
Projected concerts: Le(hár) all your love on me (Operetta and ABBA)- September, The Birds and the Bees (Songs about Sex)- February, The Franz (Franz: Schubert, Abt, Liszt, and Ferdinand)-April, Mahlen with Mahler (Wine and painting with Mahler Lieder)- June