The ArtSage Alliance ™ at Nova Southeastern University with Levi Kreis, Tony Award Winning Singing Actor
Performance Theater/Don Taft University Center 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 Complimentary Valet Parking
VAS/JKV Members $35.00
General Public $50.00
NSU Students Complimentary
Thursday, October 25, 2018
6:00 Reception 7:00 pm Salon Concert (with post-concert Champagne and dessert with Levi Kreis
Celebration ArtSage with Levi Kreis, Tony Award Winning Singing Actor
Nova Southeastern University Performance Theater
Venetian Arts Society, Nova Southeastern University and John Knox Village, present The ArtSage Alliance; a multi-generational/multi-cultural fine arts program. The goal is to synthesize the total artistic, social, and educational experience and to enrich the individual lives of all in our community through meaningful and purposeful artistic presentations… evoking the vibrancy, energy, and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.
”I have always been a meaning maker. I see art as an opportunity to convey something deeper, something spiritual. Art is a real-life conversation that is healing as much as entertaining!”
TONY Award Winning Theater & Film Actor-Recording Artist-Songwriter-Pianist
Levi Kreis is a singer-songwriter and actor whose mesmerizing live performances are often described as Harry Connick Jr. meets Hugh Jackman. His piano is an appendage that requires no effort. His southern humor will charm you and his vulnerability will move you. Years of exuberant reviews have dubbed Kreis the consummate performer and he “learned from the best!”
Levi spent his youth learning everything he knows from Little Miss Dynamite, Brenda Lee. Traveling on her tour bus and studying her genius on stage and off, Kreis adopted Lee’s strong work ethic and classy reputation, but it was Brenda’s ability to have an audience in the palm of her hand that Kreis sought to make his own. By all accounts Kreis succeeded. To this day Lee confesses, “I taught him everything he knows!”
Levi won the 2010 TONY Award for Best Featured actor in a Musical when his experience as a recording artist, actor, and pianist combined to originate the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s TONY nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet. His Broadway debut, audiences were electrified by Kreis’ charisma and comedic timing. Other notable acting credits include Broadway’s TONY nominated revival of Violet, the national tour of Rent, Smokey Joe’s Café, Pump Boys & Dinettes, and the films, Frailty, Don’t Let Go, Slip Tumble and Slide, A Very Sordid Wedding, and The Divide.
Liberated is Leiv’s sixth self-released album and leans in to the piano-centric, cinematic sound that garnered him musical licenses for show like The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, and So You Think You Can Dance. Levi is from the small Appalachian town of Oliver Springs, TN and for the first time, you hear his roots. The piano/bass/drums trio is now wrapped with the warmth of a pedal steel and mandolin, perfectly complimenting the tear in Levi’s voice. Kreis describes the album as a male Adele with a southern slant. His signature songs of love and heartbreak have never been better as Kreis’ songwriting is at the top of his game. The album is Kreis’ journey through love, marriage ad the divorce he hasn’t spoken of until now.
Nashville hasn’t made a piano man famous in over two decades, but country singer-songwriter Levi Kreis (pronounced k-rice) began making his own way by winning the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Million Dollar Quartet. The role introduced America to Kreis’ electrifying charisma with appearances on The View, David Letterman, and Jimmy Fallon to name a few. Kreis has self-released five albums with songs featured on Sons Of Anarchy, So You Think You Can Dance, The Vampire Diaries, and other prime time shows. Quite a journey from his 12-year-old win at Dollywood’s local talent competition.
An East Tennessee native, Levi spent his youth learning everything he knows from Little Miss Dynamite, Brenda Lee. Traveling on her tour bus and studying her genius on stage and off, Kreis adopted Lee’s strong work ethic and classy reputation. But it was Brenda’s ability to have an audience in the palm of her hand that Kreis sought to make his own. By all accounts, Kreis succeeded. To this day Lee confesses, “I taught him everything he knows!”
Kreis learned from a legend. His charismatic live performances are his number one commodity, often described as Harry Connick Jr. meets Hugh Jackman. His musicianship is effortless. His southern humor will charm you. His vulnerability will move you. Years of exuberant reviews have dubbed Kreis the consummate performer.
Like many of his musical heroes, Kreis appealed to the pop genre before settling in to what he knows best, country music. His recent album, Liberated, sounds transitional for him. His signature piano/vocal sound is now wrapped with the warmth of a pedal steel and mandolin, perfectly complimenting the tear in Levi’s voice. The album features a cover of Ronnie Milsap’s Stranger In My House along with Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her, a #1 country hit for George Strait. The rest of the album is original material penned by Kreis, all confessional in nature and all rather personal about his divorce. Kreis says, “Writing these songs was my therapy. I’m not liberated from the past, but I’ve learned that willingness is all it takes for a jaded heart to crack open.” Kickstarter backers and long-time fans receiving advanced copies of Liberated are unanimous in their opinion that this new body of work is Levi’s best work to date. Liberated will be released March 23rd, 2018.
Venetian Arts Society 21st century version of the “Art Salon” is a unique and innovative performance-educational-social concept with a mission to unify our world by celebrating the multi-cultural and inter-generational diversity of our community through inter-disciplinary arts. Please join us for a complete artistic experience with food, wine, and stimulating conversation…where art compliments art.
In the same intimate and interactive style of all Venetian Arts Society (VAS) events, we are proud to announce a partnership with Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and John Knox Village (JKV) to create a world class artist series to further unify our community. The first step in this Fine Arts collaborative endeavor between VAS, NSU, and JKV is The Venetian Salon at John Knox Village (JKV): A vibrant Life Plan Community in Pompano Beach, Florida providing community residents a Simply Inspired Lifestyle.
Please book online below, or send your check payable to Venetian Arts Society and mail to:
Venetian Arts Society
Attn: William Riddle
PO Box 2114
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33303
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Performance Theater Don Taft University Center
3301 College Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, 33314