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Storm Large & Le Bonheur

Storm Large & Le Bonheur - Storm Large has been making a name for herself from tours with Pink Martini to Carnegie Hall. But it is with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, that she has been grabbing audiences by the lapels and refusing to let go. Ms. Large’s fierce and fiery show includes the American songbook, Broadway tear-jerkers, rock goddess anthems and some of her own gorgeous originals. Storm's show represents both classic standards and rock and roll with a crossover cabaret and rock and roll appeal.  

Storm Large: musician, actor, playwright, author, awesome, is well known for her vocal range and power, as well as, her commanding presence.  She shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day.

Storm spent the 90s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco.  Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef. A last-minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band. It wasn’t long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was about to be launched onto the international stage. 

In 2007, she took a career departure and starred in Portland Center Stage’s production of Cabaret with Wade McCollum.  The show was a smash hit, earning Large glowing reviews.  Her next endeavor, the autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold out run in Portland.  Storm went on to perform a cabaret version of the show to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe’s Pub in New York.   She debuted with the Oregon Symphony in 2010, and has returned for sold out performances each year thereafter.  Storm made her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2013, singing Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony as part of the Spring for Music festival.  The NY Times called her “sensational,” and the classical music world instantly had a new star.  

Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy.  Storm has also sung with Grammy winner k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton.

Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012, named Oprah’s Book of the Week, and awarded the 2013 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.

In the fall of 2014, Storm & Le Bonheur released a record designed to capture their sublime and subversive interpretations of the American Songbook. Entitled simply Le Bonheur and released on Pink Martini’s Heinz Records, the recording is a collection of tortured and titillating love songs; beautiful, familiar, yet twisted … much like the lady herself.  

Highlights of the 16-17 season include debuts with the Atlanta, Baltimore, and BBC Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as return engagements with National Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Recent highlights include engagements with the New York Pops, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, RTÉ Dublin, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Knights, as well as performances at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. She joined Michael Feinstein as special guest on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Popular Song series.

"When Storm Large joins the band, she sets hearts to pounding. When it comes to love, few singers approach matters of the heart with the gusto, the passion, and, yes, the grit, of this powerful performer"   -Oregon Symphony

Show date, May 4, 7:30PM at CityStage. Tickets are $39, Member tickets are $34.

Interviews available upon request. "Show contains Mature Content.”

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