This schedule is a work-in-progress, anchored by commitments from the Community Music Division of DePaul University School of Music and the Old Town School of Folk Music.

The conversation of "what is cabaret" and "how can we expand this art" begins with the Chicago premiere of the documentary The Torchbearers: Cabaret, a romance in words and music and closes with the Showcase concert of singers who will have worked on their craft during the week.
  • Five public concerts, beginning with an evening of Faith Prince and friends; a Halloween-inspired French costume concert; a celebration of Paris Noir; a young Torchbearers evening; and a Showcase concert for master class participants
  • Four "Razzle-Dazzles"—multi-media extravaganzas with songs, history, and projections
  • Three roundtable discussions on critical aspects of cabaret in the 21st century
  • Film screenings of the documentary and two shorts, with filmmaker Cheryl E. Grant
  • Two of our French cohorts will offer school programs Monday to Wednesday sponsored by Old Town School of Folk Music and Ravinia Outreach.
  • Two or three 3-hour master classes and workshop sessions will run in parallel each day

The workshop schedule is posted here
      1) Faith Prince: Connecting yourself to your material
      2) Alex Rybeck: The role of pianist as arranger and music director. (Each pianist may accompany 2 singers.)
      3) Kyle Hustedt and The Cabaret Project: Cabaret when burlesque comes to play
      4) Greta Pope: Putting Your Act Together
      5) Elisabeth Howard: Vocal Power, a method for healthy commercial contemporary singing.
      6) Elizabeth Doyle: Songwriters in cabaret
      7) Christian Pagès of Paris: The physical life of your song
      8) Clotilde Rullaud of Paris: World-Inspired Vocal Colors, Vibrations and Harmonics
      9) Spider Saloff: Bringing jazz and cabaret together in song
      10) Dale Calandra: Comedy: singing, song, styles
      11) Paul L Martin of London: The Golden Thread—the Relationship to your Audience
This schedule remains subject to change as new opportunities arise! (Updated June 30, 2018)
SUNDAY 10/28 1 PM: Chicago premier and Film screenings (with Cheryl E. Grant) International House University of Chicago 3:30 PM: Razzle-Dazzle #1: "Le Cabaret New Yorkais" (Jacques Protat from Dijon; Maryline Rollet of Paris) International House University of Chicago 5 PM Razzle-Dazzle #2: "History of Cabaret in Chicago" (Charles Troy and June Sawyers) International House University of Chicago
MONDAY 10/29 First session with Faith and Alex; workshops 2) or 3) Venue 7:30 Monday Night Live (group dinner and selective open mic) Petterino's 10 PM–midnight, open mic with George Howe Davenport's
TUESDAY 10/30 Visiting Art Institute of Chicago Study Room
OR Workshop 2) or 3) or 4)
Art Institute OR Venue Open Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome —a cabaret evening of Broadway Pizzazz with Faith Prince and Friends Stage 773 on the set of Timeline's Master Class
WEDNESDAY 10/31 [Halloween] Workshop 1) or 5) Venue 5:30 PM Round Table: the Economics of Cabaret Old Town School of Folk Music (boxed-suppers available) 8:30 PM World Music Wednesday: Costumes, Clowns & Masks with Clotilde Rullaud, Clovis, Jean-Claude Orfali, et al Old Town School
THURSDAY 11/1 Workshops: 1) or 6) or 7) or 8) Old Town School 7 PM Meet Michèle Barbier, personal secretary to Josephine Baker, vice-president of the Alliance Francophone, founder of the Kreatika festival of singer-songwriters, underwritten by the Alliance Francophone.
Alliance Française 7:30 PM Paris Noir: a tribute to African Americans in Paris with Greta Pope, Frieda Lee, Lynne Jordan, et al Alliance Française
FRIDAY 11/2 Workshops: 1) or 7) or 8) or 9) Old Town School Roundtable: The Business of cabaret Old Town School Young Torchbearers: dinner show of young singers and songwriters Wishbone North
SATURDAY 11/3 Workshops: 1) or 10) or 11) DePaul School of Music Roundtable: The Future of Cabaret DePaul School of Music student lounge 7 PM Razzle Dazzle #3: Cabaret of the Belle époque (Yves Bertrand) and #4: Joseph Kosma: composer of Autumn Leaves (Françoise Miran of Nice) DePaul School of Music Recital Hall
SUNDAY 11/4 Workshop/rehearsals DePaul School of Music Technical run-through OR optional playgoing to see "Master Class" at Timeline Theatre DePaul School of Music Showcase concert for master class participants followed by closing party DePaul School of Music recital hall and party venue

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