Paula Hanke &
Linda Ronstadt’s multi-platinum career made her the undisputed “Queen of Country Rock” in the 1970s. By the end of 1978 she was the highest paid female touring musician in history, and the first female to ever sell out stadium sized arenas, worldwide. Sadly, her golden voice has recently been silenced by a form of Parkinson ’s disease.
Alas, audiences can once again enjoy her iconic hits in “LOVE IS A ROSE: Celebrating the Music of Linda Ronstadt.”
In this sensational act, Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz belt out hit song after hit song while adding personal stories and historic accounts of Linda's impressive achievements.
This charismatic duo comes together following diverse solo careers: Hanke as a casino-showroom headliner, opening for James Taylor and Willie Nelson. She is a heralded recording artist, a sought-after session’s singer and was a semi-finalist contestant on TV’s “Star Search.” Ratusz, an award winning Blues artist, was a three-time semi-finalist in the annual, prestigious International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, TN, as well as opening act for Tedeschi-Trucks Band and The Beach Boys.
Linda Ronstadt's work ethic, her philanthropy, her bravery and inspiring authenticity helped shape Paula and Peggy's successful music careers; for they in turn have developed their own sound and style. While you'll recognize Ronstadt's signature arrangements; make no mistake, Ms. Hanke and Ms. Ratusz sing with distinctive, captivating and pitch perfect voices, just like Ms. Ronstadt informed them to.
While there are other Linda Ronstadt "tribute" shows out there, none compare to the very obvious connection such seasoned and sought after performers like Paula and Peggy, have to these songs that growing up with her music empowers them to "celebrate" and share.
LOVE IS A ROSE takes audiences on a nostalgic journey through the worlds of Country Rock, Rock, Motown, Mexican Folk songs and Jazz Standards. This polished production has sold out every show and is without a doubt, a fulfilling and thrilling concert event!
"Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz’s captivating vocals and spot on harmonies channeled the beautiful voice and soul of beloved Linda Ronstadt. Together, with their stellar band, they transported the audience to an amazing era in music and had everyone singing and clapping along and dancing in the aisles. They were an absolute delight onstage and even more charming and wonderful to work with offstage."
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
"Working with Peggy and Paula and Love is a Rose was nothing but a delight from beginning to end. They were courteous and thorough in expressing their technical needs, and maintained an obvious focus on the audience experience throughout. The entire band was fun and friendly backstage, making it obvious what a pleasure it was for them to perform. Onstage the whole group exudes professionalism and passion. Peggy and Paula are phenomenal, both as individual performers and especially together to create the singular sound of Linda. Their tight harmonies, natural fondness for one another, and spot-on song selection made the evening one to remember. The original arrangements of our favorite Linda Ronstadt tunes played by the accompanying band took us all back in time. It was a magic night for staff and fans!"
Marianne Carruth, Executive Director
Tryon Fine Arts Center
"Two Sold-out Performances in the same night!
It takes a lot of confidence to tackle
Linda's amazing voice. Paula & Peggy nailed it!"
Activities Director, Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, Citrus Hills, FL
"These 2 just blew my patrons away!"
Director, Martin Theater, Panama City, FL
"A Smash in The Outer Banks!"
The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts
Passionate about Ronstadt!"
Isis Music Hall
"They transported the audience!"
The White Horse Black Mountain Music Hall
"Delighted a packed house!"
Ambrose Theater - West
NPR music composer
Saturday, July 12, 2021 Lauderdale West Plantation, Florida
Friday, July 24, 2020 QPAC LIVE! Live stream & interview Facebook
Sunday, March 1, 2020 Bonita Center for the Performing Arts Bonita Springs, FL
Sunday, February 16, 2020 State College of Florida Foundation Bradenton, FL
Friday, January 31, 2020 The Martin Theater/Majestic Resort Panama City, FL
Thursday, January 30, 2020 Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club Hernando, FL
Sunday, January 5, 2020 Acoustic Journey's Concert Series Asheville, NC
Thursday, October 10, 2019 Isis Music Hall Asheville, NC
Saturday, May 5, 2019 Cortland Theater, Cortland, NY
Friday, May 4, 2019, Cortland Theater, Cortland, NY
Saturday, March 30, 2019 Century Village Theater Pembroke Pines, FL
Friday, March 29, 2019 Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Aventura, FL
Thursday, March 28, 2019 Duncan Theater Lake Worth, FL
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center Belle Glade, FL
Saturday, March 23, 2019 Century Village Theater Boca Raton, FL
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Century Village Theater Palm Beach, FL
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Outer Banks Forum of the Lively Arts
Sunday, August 13, 2017, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Tryon, NC
Friday, April 21, 2017, White Horse Black Mountain, Black Mtn., NC
Ron DeStefano, Producing Director
Melissa Giattino, Artistic Director
100 Overlook Terrace, Suite 216
New York, NY 10040