Dennis has performed professionally throughout many parts of the world, backing international superstars like Bernadette Peters and The Four Tops/Temptations… on land, sea, and air (television that is!). His own group has been an opening act for headliners as diverse as Bob Seger and Bill Cosby. Closer to home, Dennis has appeared in many Stage, Green Show, and Daedalus productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. He’s also performed in other theatre settings including the Camelot Theatre Company and Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Dennis has recorded five albums (featuring many of his original compositions), and been a session musician on countless recordings.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival “Vilna’s Got A Golem”
Dennis’ first appearance with OSF was in Director Barbara Damashek’s 1998 production of “Vilna’s Got A Golem”, playing Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Flute. The band was named The Spuds (Idaho)… because the band Oregon was in residence in 1998.
Publicity photo for "Vilna’s Got A Golem". I’m the guy safely tucked away in the middle…
Backstage with the Golem and the band…
Director Barbara Damashek with The Spuds (Idaho)… named that because the band Oregon was in residence in 1998
Dennis Freese and band at OSF Green Show
Dennis Freese with a quartet
Oregon Cabaret Theatre Delivers A Winner
“It gives me great pleasure to say that the current production being offered by the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, the classic Kander and Ebbs musical Cabaret, is a complete triumph, an all around winner, as good a theater experience, if not better, than any other show on stage in Southern Oregon this season.
Only three musicians comprised the Kit Kat Band instead of the 19 found in some larger productions: Jordan Richardson (also the music director) on keyboard, Tom Freeman supplying the percussion, and Dennis Freese on reeds. But the music was excellent throughout, in accompanying the singers, moving the story along and striking the mood. There were even some places where the musicians and their performances were a positive highlight to the show – for instance I made a note that the saxophone sizzled during the number, “Maybe This Time” – well done Mr. Freese.”
-Lee Greene, Jacksonville Review