Grace Renaud in Hurricane Grace

July 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Grace Renaud

Grace Renaud, vocals
Stephanie Lynne Smith, piano

What do you get when you mix a whirlwind of hot rhythms and cool melodies? You get a force to be reckoned with. For one spectacular night in San Francisco’s Union Square, Hurricane Grace blows through Society Cabaret with a dynamic musical display that will knock your socks off! Portland-based pianist Stephanie Lynne Smith presents Bay Area composer, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning Music Director Grace Renaud in her solo cabaret debut.

About the Artists

Born on Maui, Grace Renaud moved to Marin as a child and fell in love with the Bay Area. She attended Mills College, Oakland, for both her undergrad and graduate studies in pipe organ performance, studying under Sandra Soderlund. Grace has an extensive background in dance and plays piano, harpsichord, ukulele, Baroque recorder, and percussion. She sings and composes, and has been active as a music teacher, choral conductor, worship leader, and arranger in the Bay Area for twenty years. Grace is the Artistic Director for the Marin Girls Chorus, Minister of Music for Church of the Nativity (San Rafael), Resident Music Director for the New Conservatory Theater Center (San Francisco) where she teaches musical theater to youth and teens, and Music Director for Bay Area Children’s Theater (Oakland). She was recently awarded “Best Music Director” at the Theatre Bay Area Awards 2016 for her work on “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” with BACT. She has a special love for gospel choirs, and her favorite musical influences are J.S. Bach and Stevie Wonder. Grace has four musical children and loves to paint!

Born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, Stephanie Lynne Smith holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance Degree (1998) from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Music in Chamber Music Performance Degree (2001) from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Somewhere along the way to becoming a concert pianist, she fell in love with singers and the theater, and discovered her passion for promoting composers and new compositions. She served as Artistic Director and Conductor for several GALA choruses in the Bay Area, commissioning an opera, a musical and countless works for chorus, was Cantor and Worship Designer for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and toured with Bugs Bunny at the Symphony as pianist/slide guitarist, performing with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Stephanie tours as concert pianist for Broadway veteran Franc D’Ambrosio (“Phantom of the Opera”/“Godfather III”), serves as Assistant Director for Confluence LGBT Chorus of Willamette Valley, produces “Miss Smith” master classes and performances, and works tirelessly to promote new works. 

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