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New talent featured at Holmes' Cabaret

The Thursday Cabaret Night music series at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre provides a unique opportunity for some of the lakes area's best amateur and professional musicians to showcase their art.

This Thursday's Cabaret Night, however, will offer something a little different: music from some of Detroit Lakes High School's finest up-and-coming young talent.

DLHS students Mike Sorensen and Kathryn Schumacher will begin the evening by performing a combination of modern and classic folk duets, including a few familiar tunes such as "Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac), "Old Love" (Eric Clapton) and "No Woman, No Cry" (Bob Marley).

Other artists whose songs will be performed by the duo include Jack Johnson, Bright Eyes and Cat Power.

According to Sorensen, he and Schumacher will be "switching off" between singing and playing guitar for each other, and will also be singing and playing together on some songs.

The duo will also be joined by Keith Thornby for one song, to be followed by an instrumental guitar piece by Thornby. Sorensen will duet with Collin Peterson for another instrumental selection.

The second half of the evening will feature Sorensen's younger sister, Carrie Sorensen, a budding singer-songwriter who has been working with local guitar and voice instructor John Hutchinson to hone her skills.

"She's very mature for her age as far as what she's written...she's gifted," said Hutchinson, himself a Cabaret Night veteran who has performed at the Holmes Ballroom both with his band, Vincent & the Van Goes, and as part of a duo with drummer Bill "Jazz Sticks" Moen, using the name "Mr. Jack."

"My songs will be a mix of originals that I have written and acoustic versions of songs that I like," said Carrie.

Some of the other artists whose songs she will be covering include Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne.

She credits Hutchinson with being "a great inspiration to me," and thanked him for all he has done to help her musically.

Hutchinson said he was approached by the Holmes Theatre about finding some artists to perform for its "Next Generation Cabaret" this Thursday, and he was the one who suggested Carrie.

He then asked the DLHS sophomore if she knew of any other musicians who might be interested, and she suggested her brother Mike and his friends.

"The Sorensens basically put this show together...I'm kind of excited to see how they do," Hutchinson said.

The concert will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 19 in the Historic Holmes Theatre Ballroom. Admission is $5 for adults, free for students. There will also be a cash bar and appetizers available.

Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for tickets, or purchase online at