Arne appears frequently as a singer at the top jazz venues in the Twin Cities, and served as the opening act for Rosemary Clooney during her December 2001 appearance at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. He regularly hits the high-school-college-community meeting lecture circuit with songs and historical presentations of popular music and entertainment figures, was chosen from nationwide auditions to participate as a FELLOW of the 1998 EUGENE O’NEIL THEATER CENTER CABARET SYMPOSIUM in Waterford, Connecticut, and was a lecturer, performer, and conference consultant to the Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York) conference “BING! Crosby And American Culture” (2002).
January 2015 saw the introduction of a new concert, “HOLIDAY FOR FRANK - A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF BILLIE HOLIDAY AND FRANK SINATRA” presented at BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS. In July of 2014, Arne Fogel brought his popular concert “Fancy Meeting You Here - The Crosby-Clooney Story” to the CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATER in Minnesota. Maud Hixson co-starred. Fogel wrote, produced and appeared in the concert presentations “FRANKIE WENT TO HOLLYWOOD” in 2012, and “FRED ASTAIRE AND THE SONGWRITERS” in 2013, both presented at BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, and both co-starring vocalist MAUD HIXSON. Another BLOOMINGTON CENTER production in 2013 featured Fogel and vocalist JENNIFER ECKES in “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW - The music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David”. This show was given a repeat performance in February of 2015. ….2013 also saw the presentation of another HOPKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS Fogel concert, “WE LOVE OUR PIANOS”, featuring Arne with singers NANCY HARMS & CONNIE EVINGSON, along with pianists RICK CARLSON & TANNER TAYLOR. In 2011, Arne Fogel created the concert presentations “HOLLYWOOD CABARET” in 30s, 40s, and ’50s editions, at BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS, where he also presented “FANCY MEETING YOU HERE - THE CROSBY-CLOONEY STORY”, with MAUD HIXSON that year. “WITH THESE SONGS IN OUR HEARTS - The music of Rodgers & Hart”, which brought hundreds of patrons to the HOPKINS (MN) CENTER FOR THE ARTS, was another recent Fogel creation in October of 2010. Also in 2010, Arne co-created and directed “BLUE - SONGS ON THE INDIGO SIDE”, for Minneapolis’ CAPRI THEATER as part of their “LEGENDS” series.
Other past concert presentations created by Arne Fogel have included “PAIR-SHAPED TONES: A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT SONGWRITING TEAMS”, “WE GOT RHYTHM”, “BINGSONGS”, “THE MUSIC OF CAHN & VAN HEUSEN”, and others, and Arne has participated in countless other special concert presentations, and “live” radio concerts, including the 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions of the “NEW STANDARDS HOLIDAY SHOW” in Minnesota. Along with the trio “LIEBERMAN, FOGEL & BEY”, Arne was a regular performer on GARRISON KEILLOR’S “A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION” for several years.
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