Paula Hanke &
Linda Ronstadt’s multi-platinum career made her the original undisputed “Queen of Country Rock” in the 1970s, and by the end of 1978 she was the first-ever woman to sell out a stadium/arena tour and the highest-paid woman in rock music. Her golden voice has recently been silenced by Parkinson’s Disease, but audiences once again have a chance to 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 song after song while adding personal stories and historic accounts of
Ms. Ronstadt’s impressive achievements. This charismatic duo comes together following diverse solo careers: Hanke as a performer on TV’s
“Star Search” and casinoshowroom-headliner, and Ratusz as a two-time semifinalist in the International Blues Challengeand opening act for The Beach Boys. Filled with hits from Linda Ronstadt’s eclectic 28-studio- album catalog, LOVE IS A ROSE takes audiences on an exciting journey through the worlds of rock, pop, country, Latin, folk and more in a heart-filling and soul-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
"A Smash in The Outer Banks!"
The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts
Passionate about Ronsadt!"
Isis Music Hall
"They transported the audience!"
The White Horse Black Mountain Music Hall
"Delighted a packed house!"
Ambrose Theater - West
NPR music composer
Ron DeStefano, Producing Director
Melissa Giattino, Artistic Director
100 Overlook Terrace, Suite 216
New York, NY 10040