A performing arts alliance of collaborative projects celebrating songs and stories, up close and personal

February 2019: This webpage is a temporary stopping place as we develop our new Working in Concert website. Come back for more updates as we grow.
Our CALENDAR and SIGNUP are below!

Our vision:
The power of song. Face-to-face stories. Transforming experiences.
Our mission:
Working in Concert invites the collaboration of established and aspiring artists to make opera, musical theatre and cabaret accessible and personal. We engage, entertain and inspire audiences to explore together the human condition—in intimate spaces—with compassion, character and guts.

Three tent-poles:

    1. PERFORMANCE: Up close and personal.
    Drawing from the vast repertoire of opera, classical song, musical theatre, theatre and cabaret.
    2. ADVOCACY: Advance the art of cabaret and classical vocal arts.
    Promote collaboration with producers and organizations to reach new audiences.
    Serve as a catalyst for the development and financial sustainability of performance venues that feature intimate performance.
    3. EDUCATION: Stir interest among people of all ages to express themselves in the musical and theatrical fields of cabaret, opera and related arts.
    Further the development of artists who aspire to make a profession or avocation of these arts.

Three stages to begin:

Songshoplogotext (74K)SongShop Live
Bellissima_orig (17K)Bellissima Opera
cpcc_logo_500 (81K)Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion

Upcoming Events

  • Valentine2019FrontB (292K)Saturday, FEBRUARY 16 at 7:30 PM: SongShop offers a Valentine Potpourri. Details at
  • Valentine2019FrontB (292K) Friday, MARCH 8 at 8 PM: Christine Steyer celebrates Love, Loss, Resilience for International Women's Day. Details at BrownPaperTickets

  • Sunday, APRIL 14: Soirée in River Forest to raise funds for the Bellissima opera Future Perfect
  • Sunday, MAY 5: SongShop's annual gala is "Over the Sun and the Moon".
  • Saturday, MAY 11: Concert celebrating the Chicago Paris Connexion, with Christine Steyer and Jean-Claude Orfali. PianoForte Chicago.
  • SEPTEMBER 12-22, 2019: Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion goes on a "Tour de France". Registration is now open:

  • Two Artistic Directors:

    Claudia4661 (213K)Claudia Hommel for Cabaret Connexion and SongShop Live
    Christine Steyer (439K)Christine Steyer for Bellissima Opera

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    Claudia Hommel
    in cabaret and concert
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    Chicago Cabaret Professionals
    —a network launched by Claudia Hommel and colleagues,
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    Bellissima Opera Artistic Director
    Christine Steyer: 773-531-7927
    Cabaret Connexion Artistic Director
    Claudia Hommel: 1-773-509-9360

    Working in Concert is a not-for-profit performing arts alliance of collaborative projects for cabaret, opera and song.

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