The Night Before Easter – Music to Inspire You

The Night Before Easter – Music to Inspire You
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Saturday, March 30, 2024 

1:00pm and 8:00pm

Dinner upgrade available for $20/person and is served 2 hours prior to showtime.

Featuring Gwen Matthews & Robert Robinson

The Night Before Easter will feature a musical buffet of both traditional and contemporary gospel songs along with some show tunes and music made popular by Bebe and Cece Winans, The Isley Brothers, Josh Groban, Kevin Levar, Carrie Underwood, The Clark Sisters, Mahalia Jackson, James Taylor, Whitney Houston, Bill Withers, Jennifer Hudson, Anita Baker, The Temptations and many others. Join us to celebrate the Easter season and grab a little piece of heaven with Gwen Matthews and friends in The Night Before Easter. You are guaranteed to have a great time!

Bio from the Star Tribune’s 2021 listing of the “30 Essential Black Minnesota Musicians” by Jon Bream & Chris Riemenschneider

In the 1970s, the Chicago native rocked Twin Cities clubs with the group Passage and recorded jingles for big-time clients such as Northwest Airlines and General Mills. Ever versatile, Matthews did a stint in Rupert’s Orchestra, performed in a jazz-soul trio with Debbie Duncan and Bruce Henry, and spent 11 years in Los Angeles working with Stevie Wonder, Philip Bailey and Kenny Rogers. Her résumé includes performing at jazz festivals in Europe and teaching voice lessons. She currently sings in the ever-versatile group Synergy.

“[Her] voice is rich and funky. Her music is full of lilting melodies, soulful rhythms and often is interjected with some jovial scatting. She moves your spirit. And at some point in her set, you are bound to hear someone in the crowd shout out: ‘You’d better sing, Gwen!’ ”
-Ginger Commodore

He started singing as a child in his pastor/father’s He Is Risen Church of God in north Minneapolis and matured into arguably the finest Twin Cities male vocalist in any style. For more than five decades, music has been his ministry, whether singing at a prison, interpreting “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a sporting event or leading the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, which he founded. Over the years, Robinson has expanded his live and recorded repertoire to include the secular along with the sacred. “He’s God’s canary,” piano star Lorie Line once said of the vocal showstopper, who graced her annual holiday spectacles for 15 years.

“The incomparable vocal stylings of Robert Robinson have the power of Pavarotti, the lushness of Luther [Vandross] and the soulfulness of Sam [Cooke]. Robert’s extraordinary tone, texture and phrasing are simply breathtaking.”
-Gary Hines

Gwen Matthews and Robert Robinson


There are stairs required to reach most seats in the Fireside Theatre. For best service and accommodations, we suggest calling the box office (952.934.1525) and speaking to a representative.

Content Statement

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) presents independent artists as a part of its Concert Series. CDT does not rate its concerts nor control content. Unless a concert is indicated as “family-friendly,” it should not be considered as such.

Age Statement

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres does not admit anyone under the age of 5 into the theatre.

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Please Note:
  • All concert events include one intermission.
  • No refunds or exchanges on any concert series events.
  • Dinner can be added to any concert!

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Tickets Prices

Dinner & Show: $64
Show-Only: $44

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