Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion Ran During the Day
Concurrently with Chicago Cabaret Week at Night

Group bow at the Connexion Showcase concert, DePaul Recital Hall, May 14, 2022

Working In Concert, Events Recap May 19, 2022 

Noteworthy – To celebrate our return to the stage Working In Concert, Acts of Kindness Cabaret, The Cabaret Project, and Chicago Cabaret Professionals combined forces to launch the inaugural Chicago Cabaret Week across our beautiful city.  This successful and nourishing event featured nightly performances hosted at a variety of venues and starring a who’s-who of Chicago-area talent.  It all kicked off with an evening showcasing the collaborating organizations, hosted in the sensory-engaging Sanctuary of the  Epiphany Center for the Arts.

Cast of the Cabaret Week kickoff, at Ephiphany Center for the Arts, May 6, 2022

While the evenings were filled with intimate vocal performances, the daytime was dedicated to artistic growth.  The Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion (#CPCX) Conference featured masterclasses and workshops with Chicago, New York and Paris-based instructors.  Performers honed their craft, connected more deeply to their material, and built relationships across town and across the ocean!

The CPCX Conference concluded with a Showcase Concert, featuring the results of intense collaboration among conference attendees. After 10 days of music, Cabaret Week had its grand finale with doubleheader concerts by Bobbi Wilsyn ‘Stormy Weather’ at the Haven in Bronzeville and the Connexion’s Tribute to Josephine Baker at the Alliance Française in River North featuring a collaboration of artists from France and Black Voices in Cabaret.

The Chicago Cabaret Week Performers: More than 15 performances with over a thousand audience members (many sold-out shows), collaboratively hosted by Claudia Hommel of Working In Concert, Hilary Feldman of Acts Of Kindness Cabaret, Anne Burnell of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, and Kyle Hustedt of The Cabaret Project, along with some of the best Chicago cabaret artists sharing in this program of diverse voices and talent. Lynne Jordan, Paul Montando, Joan Curto, Sama Sama Project, Feathered Beaus, Jackie Smook, Greta Pope, Madeline Morgan, Ava Logan, Peek-Easy, Eveline Danner, Nancy Hays, Wydetta Carter…There was burlesque. There was accordion.  There was laughter and much clinking of glasses.

The Venues: The Hideout Inn, The Epiphany Center for the Arts, The Venus Cabaret, DePaul University, LePiano, The Polo Inn, Beverly Arts Center, Haven Entertainment Center, Davenport’s Piano Bar, Cliff Dwellers, Drew’s on Halsted

The Reach – The moments of “patter” between songs is when you get to know the person at the mic. Performers who graced us from afar include Clotilde Rullaud, Mylène Launay, Maryline Rollet, Wilfried Touati, Patrick Pernet, Michèle Barbier, and Isabelle Georges from France. Jeff Harnar and Alex Rybeck from New York, Jeanie Carroll from Las Vegas, and Myriam from Los Angeles.

Audience members included Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion Conference attendees: vocal coach Elisabeth Howard, opera singers Helene Alter-Dyche and Susan Arjmand.

Music supporters Olivier Betti (grandson of the composer of “C’est si bon”), co-chairs of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International David Reithoffer and Brett August (along with his wife Dr. Carey August). Former cultural affairs commissioner Mark Kelly, and “mayor of 43rd Street” Norman Bolden were among VIPs. 

The Cause – Chicago Cabaret Week was initiated by Anne Burnell and Claudia Hommel, to promote cabaret as an art form embraced by Chicago. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events provided a grant for both events to shine a light on the cabaret stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Next year’s Cabaret Week will be bursting with provocation and pizazz in Chicago.
The Cabaret Connexion meets in France in 2023. See you there!

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