• Chicago Black Cabaret

    Cabaret! — a way to share stories through song and spoken word, creating a community of audience and performer. A Brief History: Chicago Black Cabaret Café concert style cabaret originated in Paris at the end of the 19th Century and was popular in Europe in the early 20th surviving even into the present.  At first, cabarets […]

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  • Our operas come highly recommended!

    Hello, I’m Carl Ratner and I am the Director of Opera at Western Michigan University and the former Artistic Director of Chicago Opera Theater and Chamber Opera Chicago.   I am currently involved in three productions of two different operas with music by David Shenton and libretto by Christine Steyer. I am directing both the […]

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  • Our Mission

    To highlight both new and established African-American cabaret performers, encourage their professional development as entertainers in their unique genres, and provide them with opportunities to perform and be exposed to new audiences. To introduce the Art of Cabaret entertainment to new and under-served communities in the Chicago area and beyond, and to feature venues not […]

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    Tickets will be posted here for our upcoming events.

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  • Celebrating Highlights of the Connexion 2019

  • Conference Personnel, France 2019

    This conference continues the essential conversation on the art of cabaret among performers, teachers and coaches, writers and historians, and fans. Come meet each other! Cette conférence poursuit l’essentiel de la conversation sur l’art du cabaret entre interprètes, enseignants et entraîneurs, écrivains et historiens, et fans. Venez vous rencontrer! Workshop/Master Class Leaders Participants Coordinators and […]

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  • Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion

    Going to Paris, August 27-September 5, 2023! Bienvenue à la Chicago-Paris-Cabaret-Connexion Ensemble, faisons vivre le Cabaret ! La « Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion » a pour vocation d’augmenter la visibilité de l’art de la chanson de proximité et d’attirer de nouveaux publics, de Paris à Chicago, et même au-delà. Le cabaret est l’art du partage […]

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  • Black Voices in Cabaret

    Welcome to Black Voices in Cabaret. We provide a forum for education, entertainment, and mutual support of Black artists nationwide. We began in Chicago where American cabaret had its first roots in the 1910s and 1920s. Our goal is to be a resource and home for entertainers like us to learn from and grow with […]

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  • SongShop for Youth

    SongShop is available for young singers, too! Claudia loves to work with young singers, age 11 and up, who are ready for the adventure of exploring character and story-telling with their songs. Any group of six or more can meet at a home, school or community center to work in a master class or a […]

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  • About Claudia Hommel

    Claudia Hommel brings more than four decades of stage and song career to student and adult singers. She approaches each student and each song with insights and energy that come from her own studies with international singer Martha Schlamme, actor/director Alvin Epstein, music director Steve Blier, voice teachers Roberta Vatske (New York), Carolyn Grimes (Detroit), […]

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  • Donate!

    SongShop Live is an ongoing project of Working In Concert.So much of our work happens because of people like you who continue to support and encourage us. Your tax-deductible donation to Working In Concert can be earmarked to support SongShop’s financial aid for singers of limited income and the expansion of our workshop offerings. Thank […]

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