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" takes place with:
- Five public concerts, beginning with an evening with Faith Prince and friends; a Halloween-inspired French costume concert; a celebration of Paris Noir; a songwriters' mashup with slam; 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
- Some of our French cohorts will offer school programs Monday to Wednesday sponsored by Old Town School of Folk Music and Ravinia Outreach.
Each day will begin with master classes and workshops:Morning sessions will usually begin at 9:30 or 10 AM, for 3 hours. Allowing for 90-minute lunches, the afternoon sessions will begin at 2 or 2:30 PM. Two and sometimes three workshops will run in parallel.
Each 3-hour session in song interpretation, comedy in song, and vocal production will entail hands-on work with 8 to 12 singers . Other workshops focus on the role of pianist/arranger, vocal colors from around the world, cabaret when burlesque and circus come to play, bringing jazz and cabaret together in song. Some sessions may involve group work, open to auditors' active participation.
- The complete roster of master teachers and workshop leaders is being developed.
- Singers attending the full week will have 6 song-interpretation sessions with nationally renowned singer-actor Faith Prince and pianist Alex Rybeck.
- Alex Rybeck will lead 2 sessions with pianists/arrangers in which each pianist may accompany 2 singers.
- Additional workshops will be accompanied principally by Mark Burnell of Chicago and Jean-Claude Orfali of Paris's Cabaret Lapin Agile, among others.
- Clotilde Rullaud of Paris on Vocal Colors: inspired by vocal sounds from around the world.
- Sessions on vocal production with Greta Pope, Elisabeth Howard (Vocal Power) and possibly others.
- Christian Pagès of Paris on song interpretation.
- Spider Saloff on jazz in cabaret.
- Kyle Hustedt and The Cabaret Project on burlesque; Michèle Barbier may intervene with a view of circus and cabaret.
|DAY and TIME||MORNING||VENUE||AFTERNOON||VENUE||EARLY EVENING||VENUE||LATE EVENING||VENUE|
|SUNDAY 10/28||Coordinators meet (while visitors visit a Gospel Music Service or Architectural Tour)||Munno Café||Welcome and orientation (2 hours) and Press conference||"Venue" to be set||Razzle-Dazzle #1: "History of Cabaret in Chicago"(Charles Troy and June Sawyers)||PianoForte or DePaul, for example||Razzle-Dazzle #2: "Le Cabaret New Yorkais" (Jacques Protat from Dijon)||PianoForte or DePaul, for example|
|MONDAY 10/29||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation and vocal production||Venue to be set||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation and vocal production||Venue||7:30 Monday Night Live (group dinner and selective open mic)||Petterino's||10 PMmidnight, open mic with George Howe||Davenport's|
|TUESDAY 10/30||Visiting Art Institute of Chicago Study Room
OR Pianists' session with Music Director/arranger Alex Rybeck
|Art Institute and Venue||Touring Chicago OR a 3-hour session||Venue||Open||"The Connexion from Broadway to Chicago" with Faith Prince and friends||Venue to be set|
|WEDNESDAY 10/31 [Halloween]||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation and vocal production||Venue to be set||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation and vocal production||Venue||Round Table: the Business of Cabaret||Old Town School of Folk Music (catered dinner by Munno Café)||8:30 PM World Music Wednesday with Clotilde Rullaud and Jean-Claude Orfali||Old Town School|
|THURSDAY 11/1||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation or Vocal Colors||Old Town School||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation or Vocal Colors||Old Town School||Meet singer-songwriter Michèle Barbier, personal secretary to Josephine Baker ||Alliance Française||Paris Noir: a tribute to African Americans in Paris with Greta Pope et al||Alliance Française|
|FRIDAY 11/2||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation or Jazz in Cabaret||Old Town School||2 concurrent sessions: Song interpretation or Jazz in Cabaret||Old Town School||Roundtable: The future of cabaret||Old Town School||Proposed: Chantons Slam: joint event of young songwriters and One Poetic Voice/Ligue Slam de France||Wishbone, for example|
|SATURDAY 11/3||2 concurrent sessions: Comedy for cabaret singers||DePaul School of Music||2 concurrent sessions: Comedy for cabaret singers||DePaul School of Music||Roundtable: the discussion continues||DePaul School of Music||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 or PianoForte, for example|
|SUNDAY 11/4||2 concurrent sessions: 4 hours of workshops/rehearsal||DePaul School of Music||2 hour Tech rehearsal/run-through (for everyone else: optional playgoing to see "Master Class" at Timeline Theatre||DePaul School of Music||Showcase concert for master class participants||DePaul School of Music recital hall||Closing party||Venue to be set|