My show MUSE Live! is being rebroadcast on Harper College Radio Statoin today at 9pm and again tomorrow 9am WHCM 88.3 FM in the Palatine, IL area ( northwest suburbs of mertropolitan Chicago). If you'd like to listen on line to it, click here: WHCM online. Thank you to the wonderful sponsor who helped make it possible - A&A Autobody Repair Shop in Palatine, Dr. Pyzik Palatine Chiropractor, Bill's Grove Florist, Mariano's Grocery store in Palatine. To learn more about teh show click here:MUSE Live! . The next episode for MUSE Live! is on October 19th. I hope you all have a wonderful day! Peace, Barb
We had a great time last Thursday at the MUSE Live! gala Grand Premiere! Thanks to everyone who came out for an incredible show with Frosty Locks and Splinter from Texas, Gail Wells from Woodstock IL, Cheryl Calderon from Elk Grove Village and a surprise guest Elsie from Palatine who sang some wonderful songs for us. Thank you to the Chamber Director - Steve Gauss for helping us with the ribbon cutting! And especially thank you to Harper College Radio Station for the diligent effort in bringing the show live to the public, and a super special thank you to the Grand CInema in the Grand Twin Lakes for providing such a lovely space to hold the show. My focus is now shifting to the next episode for MUSE Live! on October 19th, The Norwegian Heritage Fest in November, and the Comunity Christmas Concert Series in December. I hope you all have a lovely day, and I hope to see you soon at a concert! Peace, Barb
Hey, I hope you can all make it to the benefit concert this Sunday at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL on Sunday Sept 10th, 2:30 pm. Bring a chair, bring your favorite smelling bug spray and I'll provide the music and refreshments. There's also a firepit there and s'mores. Yum! Barb
I just got back from performing at the annual Battle of Morseville in Stockton, IL. A wonderful Civil War re-enactment with live cannons, narration, live horses and soldiers in authentic uniforms and weapons. I have learned so much more about history and battles on the field from this re-enactment than my history books ever could have taught!
I am now focusing on the benefit concert for Christ in The Wilderness in Stockton, IL on Sunday September 10th at 2:30 pm. Please join me for a fun concert in the woods!
Also, I am bringing back my former Public access television show MUSE to the live theater stage in Palatine on September 14th!. It looks like the Grand Premiere is going to be a full house. There are still a few tickets available. Please go to this link to purchase them. I hope you all have a wonderful day! Peace, Barb
The Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds for a video and fundraiser concert for the non profit Christ In The Wilderness Silent Retreat (CITW) in Stockton, IL is officially underway. If you would like to read more about it and back the project, please click here. The campaign runs between July 20 and August 19th. Our objective is to raise $10,000 within 1 month. Funds from ticket sales for the concert go directly to CITW. Funds from backers for the kickstarter project go towards helping make the concert and video happen. Thank you!
I am performing next at the 61st Annual Cornfest! Saturday, August 5th at 5:30pm. Come out for a great dinner of brats and burgers and ALL YOU CAN EAT CORN! Fresh from the farm! Tickets are available online and at the gate.
Wow! What a weekend! LOL. Santa came and I was up till 3am unloading the truck and getting the office put back together. I had a blast performing for folks and the Arlingtons were awesome as usual in their presentation! You can read more about it and see some of the pictures at this link. Thank you to the wonderful sponsors
07/24/2017: "All Things Christmas" - Christmas in July! a great success!! If you missed it, well you missed it! Santa came and gave away presents, the Arlingtones serenaded us with holiday cheery songs, and shared the mischievous fun season with their charisma, charm, style and comedy!, we enjoyed wonderful music and food.Click here to read more and see images.
07/14/2017: We are on Pinterest now too! Check us out!
07/12/2017: Fundraiser today for MUSE Live! the show about Arts, Artists and the Creative Process.
Dine at Photo's Hotdogs in Palatine between 10:30 AM and 9:00 PM and tell the clerk you want 25% of your purchase price to go towards MUSE Live!. It's that easy! Every donor gets to add their name to the Wall Sheet which will be hung at the gala Grand Premiere Opening of MUSE Live! at the Grand Cinema in the Grand Twin Lakes in Palatine on September 14th.
Then come join us for a fun Thank You concert at Photo's in the evening at 7:00 PM.
OBTW, Photo's gives free ice cream for every purchase as well! Yum!
07/07/2017: I am getting ready to release a new project on Kickstarter.com. Look for it July 15th! Here is the link to the updates page.
Here is a list of the other projects currently released for the year. More to come:
04/14/2017: Wow what a year thus far! Lots of amazing bookings coming in and also am working on the 3rd Annual Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! in Palatine. I hope you all will play! It's super fun this year. Happy Easter! Barb
04/01/2017: I am working with a new booking agent. Jackson! He is working busily on booking the concerts for the tours this year. I will post the dates when they are ready.
What is the furthest you have toured?: Furthest west is Alaska and Hawaii, furthest east is Berlin Germany, furthest north is Barrow Alaska, furthest south is Dallas Texas
How do you do what you do?: Balancing work, pleasure, play, fun, creativity, practice, networking
How many songs have you written?: I have written a few hundred. Not all have been recorded.
Do you have any pets?: I have two acquariums with snails, and one terrarium I am preparing for neon tetras
Did you have to go to school to be a musicians?: The kind of musician I am, included a college degree in Chemistry. For myself, I learned that it wasn't just about a higher more challenging use of my brain via education, but about learning to travel amidst many types of circles. A musicians meets all kinds of interesting and fascinating characters on the road.
Days till the Community Christmas Concert Series begins (Dec 1- Dec 25, 2017)
Days till the Christmas Concert at the Catlow (Dec. 23rd)
Susan Galvez Fan
"If you have not heard Barb singing a lullaby in German or yodeling for a king, give your ears and mind a treat and see Barb in concert" ....... those are some of my favorites songs!"...Susan Galvez. Palatine, Illinois
Barb’s engaging songs draw people in. Her audience often joins her in joy filled sing-alongs. Barb is also an excellent story teller, she tells amazing facts about her songs in a highly entertaining ways. Barb Sorensen has a vast range and sings in German and English She sings early American and German Folk Songs along with modern Pop Rock and Kids Lullaby’s. Barb’s informal friendly approachable joyous style is perfect for family gatherings in a park, Historical Re-enactments, and all sizes [sic] concert settings. Heinz Thiel
Kim Parent of Barb's Music class student
She Looks Up To You. Thank you so much for keeping us informed of your career. Gretchen almost cried when she heard your "Snowflake" song! Honest!! She just looks up to you and always has. Kim, United States - 15 January 2006
Joyce & Tony Fans
"My husband and I have been to several of Barb's concerts. We are very impressed with her songwriting abilities and her enthusiasm for performing. Barb loves singing and playing her guitar, and it shows!" - Joyce and Tony T., Downers Grove, Illinois
Keith Fort / Director Screamfest B96 Chicago Entertainment Producer
"Barb is very creative, extremely hardworking, willing to go far above and beyond the norm. Her transformation as an actress was stunning and a wonder to behold. She was always one of the first to offer her time and talents to help promote the show, and I endorse her heartily. Thanks, Barb! and Keep rockin'!"
Neal Reynolds Fan//Author
It's well past midnight as I write this and I can't stop listening to acoustic pop/rock singer/songwriter Barb Kronau-Sorensen's CD "Walk That Mile"! It has that rare quality where the songs are both immediately pleasing to the ear and catchy, yet don't wear out their welcome upon repeated hearings. In fact, upon each listen the songs become even more aesthetically pleasing, while one develops a deeper appreciation of the melodies, instrumentation, and extra layers and levels of meaning to the lyrics. I can't decide if my favorite song is "The Sound of Your Soul" or "Because I Am" -- I like the overall sensuous, Caribbean feel and emotion of "Soul" the best, yet I can't resist the unexpected melodic variations and vocal stylings of the last two and a half lines of each verse of the rockin' "Because I am". "Because I Am" vividly conveys the singer's delight at her formerly stick-in-tne-mud lover's unexpected romantic revival -- which has happily turned her into his fool as well. "The Sound of Your Soul" combines the musical styles of lite jazz and Jamaican music to set a warm, loving mood... a wash of sound that magically conveys the depth of the love the singer feels for her love, as she basks in the glow and feels ever closer to, almost one with, his soul. The CD opens with the infectiously catchy instrumentation of the pop rock song "Walk That Mile", wherein the singer tells of the lesson she has learned, that she has to follow her own path, not those others would choose for her. A familiar lesson perhaps, but one seldom conveyed with as much feel, strength, and good 'ol fashioned rock 'n roll fun than it is here. In fact, from the moment the song begins it is clear that this entire CD is a fully professional quality work of art, from the highly skilled playing and singing to the crisp high fidelity recording with absolutely no background noise -- an impeccable job all the way around. The fourth song on the CD, the catchy dance club style "Possessive Obsession", breaks somewhat with Sorensen's acoustic tradition by using techno-pop studio tricks and electronics -- to good effect. And it's interesting to hear a story of a woman being possessed by love for a change, as we have a tendency to think of obsessive love as a purely male phenomenon. Also unexpected for an independent label is how fully professional the packaging and graphic design of the CD is, with the inclusion of lyrics and several lovely and festive photographs of the singer, whose beautiful voice is matched only by her visual beauty. Anyone who has had the good fortune to have seen one of this very intelligent singer/songwriter's beautiful, energetic (and downright fun!) concerts knows that she has an incredible wealth of original material -- so my only complaint is that only a few them have been recorded so far. Let us hope she gets another CD released soon. In the meantime, if you're looking for a wonderful musical pickup during the winter doldrums (or any time), something that is both romantic, fun, and insightful, I can't recommend a better CD than Barb Sorensen's "Walk That Mile".
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