Great House of Music- Vaudeville Accordion Duo, Costumes, Stories, & More!
The Greathouses are an international husband-wife duo of musician/composer and singer/dancer – Mark from Portland, Oregon and Helena from Prague, Czech Republic. They present a vibrant and varied program of lyrical melody, song, and dance in several languages. Helena explains the content of each song if it is not sung in English. Some of their pieces are very familiar while others are older and may not have been performed in America. To help clarify, she also explains the cultural background of some songs. They offer a unique program of choices including ethnic, jazz and swing, oldies from the 30’s and 40’s, vaudeville, selections from musicals, modern and traditional songs as well as Mark’s own songs. Their program is usually divided into segments and Helena wears costumes to match the genre. For example, she sings and dances some selections in authentic folklore costumes from Eastern Europe to Mark’s accordion accompaniment. They always present new musical material when they return to the same facility. They have programs prepared to suit the various celebrations throughout the year (For example, Valentine’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Oktoberfest, Christmas, etc.).
Mark and Helena have performed for many years in the Northwest as well as in several European countries. Each began performing in their youth, Mark with his dad on stage in Portland, and Helena on Czechoslovak National Radio and TV in Prague. In 2010 they made it to the judges round at America’s Got Talent. Their stage name is ‘GREATHOUSE of Music’ and they have a line of CDs.
Since 2014 Mark & Helena have been presenting a family friendly, lively cabaret style variety show, “You Do Speak English, Don’t You?”. The core part of the show was first introduced at the 2014 Portland, OR, Fertile Ground Festival of New Works. Since that time they have taken the show on the road into various places in Oregon, which include Beaverton Historical Society, Lincoln City Cultural Center, The Old Church in Portland, Sherwood Community/Senior Center, Twilight Theater in Portland, Hillsboro Artists’ Repertory Theatre, Tigard Public Library, Woodburn Senior Estates Club, Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the incorporation of Scio – a town where Czech emigrants arrived in 1898.
Greathouse of Music has recently performed at Woodburn UMC monthly concert series, Cedar Mill Community Library, Beaverton Civic Theatre, etc. In July 2017 they presented the show in three venues in Texas – the Lyric Theater in Flatonia, the Czech Heritage Museum in Caldwell and the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple.
Service Fee: Inquire for details.
Service Areas: OR- Washington County, Multnomah County, Clackamas County. WA- Clark County. Further travel may be available with mileage reimbursement.
Service Types: Retirement Home/Independent Living, Assisted Living, Senior Center, Private Parties/Locations
Availability: Weekdays, Weekends, Daytime, Evenings, Request on Short Notice, Request in Advance
Contact Name: Mark & Helena Greathouse
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Check out Greathouse of Music’s Website for more sound clips and CD information!
Greathouse of Music CDs Available for Purchase:
You can hear samples of these CDs – and download any of them – by clicking on the following links:
*Mark’s own instrumental music (some piano, some small groups of other instruments), all very nice melodic compositions recorded in Prague, Czech Republic by known musicians.
“The Greathouse of Music recently performed at our Oktoberfest, and they were fantastic! They engaged the residents, seemed to love what they do, gave interesting background and stories about songs they performed, and incorporated costumes and dancing. A wonderful husband/wife team that we would gladly have back again!” Jill F., Activities Director, Gibson Creek by Bonaventure
“I just wanted to say I have had Mark and Helena at our Assisted Living facility three times now and they are GREAT! Most recently was for our Sweethearts Ball. We love the beautiful authentic costumes, history and just the overall performance given by this couple. I would recommend them to perform at other facilities as well”. Jodie G., Life Enrichment Director, Avamere at St. Helens
“Great House of Music came to my facility today and were very entertaining! My residents LOVED Helena’s outfit changes and especially loved when she explained the history behind her first traditional outfit. Their use of props was refreshing and welcome–not many entertainers take the time to incorporate fun props anymore! They are a very cute couple and fun to watch!” Holly J., Life Enrichment Director, Country Meadows Village (Woodburn, OR)
“Last week, at the Marjorie Stewart Senior Center, we were thrilled to see a two person show by a husband and wife. It was so unique as, Mark is from Oregon and Helena is from Czechoslovakia. He plays the accordion and she is a dancer and singer. With a series of vignettes, they told the story of how they met in Germany, through their life story. They met on a bus in Germany and Helena was performing with a violinist. When she asked Mark what he did for fun, he said: “I play the accordion.” “Greaaaat, she replied” and they were “off”. This began a collaboration that includes a story line from mark, dancing and singing by Helen and is unique and fun to watch. Mark wrote a series of songs about their life and Helena, with a series of clothing changes and songs in Czech, German, and English, delighted us all with her talent and humor. Mark was incredible with his accordion, playing his own songs, and European folk songs. He showed us that he can play almost any type of music. His droll comments enchanted our audience. Words really can’t describe how much fun we all had. CD’s were available for purchase after the show, with lyrics by Mark. “Oregon Dreaming”, “Got a ticket just the other day, Who cares? Who cares?, Fed my cat, yet she ran away. Who cares but me?” and more on the CD. The folk songs CD was equally entertaining and memorable. They can be reached at: www.greathouseofmusic.com” Thressa C., Marjorie Stewart Senior Center (Sherwood, OR)
“Mark & Helena Greathouse put on a wonderful show for our residents at Van Mall. Very entertaining and interactive.” Destiny W., Van Mall (Vancouver, WA)
“There is something about Mark and Helena’s combination of music and theatrics that just make the entire audience grin from ear to ear. Its difficult not be both highly humored and charmed by their chemistry and style. Absolutely delightful!” Jerry Mouawad, Imago Theater
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