A magical journey of song, stories, film, and photos celebrating America’s greatest river, created and performed by Steven Marking, a modern-day Mark Twain.
Wednesday, April 5 | 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 6 | 2 p.m.
Friday, April 7 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for students and youth.
Patrons will have a chance to “tour” America’s greatest river in songs, images and stories when Steven Marking presents Our Mighty Mississippi. Created and performed by Marking, this one-man show has garnered widespread raves by audiences far and wide. He has been called, “Mark Twain with a gorgeous voice, mixed up with a bit of Garrison Keillor (humor) and Ken Burns (history).”
The program involves Marking, an acclaimed world-class baritone singer, performing classic songs, all having to do with the mighty river, such as “Moon River,” “Ol’ Man River,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “River Chanty,” “Up a Lazy River,” and his own song, “Gone Fishin’.” Between songs, he tells of the history, legend, and lore of the river, with a few humorous stories of his own mishaps that happened on the Mighty Miss and its tributaries.
Many of the visuals in the concert are movies and photos taken by Marking himself during his countless visits to and on the great river. The show highlights the visual splendors of the river – its flora and fauna and its long history as a transportation artery for the nation.
Marking knows whereof he sings. He was raised in Brice Prairie, Wis., a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River where he loved to explore its backwaters, fishing, swimming, hunting and skating. Later, he earned a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. After studying opera, he performed in classic operas and musical theater, mainly in the New York area.
In recent years, Marking has lived in St. Paul, back to the site of the river he has always loved. He sings with the Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Chorale and is soloist for Hennepin United Methodist Church. He also entertains, along with his wife, aboard the Queen of the Mississippi, a luxury, old-fashioned steamboat that travels from St. Louis to St. Paul.