“Your Round-Trip Ticket: Chicago-Paris” Cabaret Show and Dinner

  • 07:00 PM
  • Polo Café (3322 S. Morgan Street, Chicago)

With raves from the Lapin Agile in Montmartre to Ravinia’s “Rising Stars,”, Parisian-born Claudia Hommel partners with singer-pianist Elizabeth Doyle and accordionist Patricia Spaeth to transport you to the “City of Light.” Let our Chicago-based guides bring you favorites from the poetical to the personal (C’est si bon, La vie en rose) to the unexpected (Pinching Pennies in Paris, Le soleil et la lune, Parlez-moi d’amour, Belleville Rendez-Vous).

Chef Didier Durand will prepare a four-course dégustation dinner.

$80-85 (depending on payment method) for dinner and show (tax and gratuities included); cash bar available. Reservations are now being taken online at https://form.jotform.com/62367456738165

This event is part of the official celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris, taking place from October 7–16, 2016 throughout Chicago. To learn more about other associated events, visit chicagosistercities.com/ParisAnniversary.

Claudia Hommel

Singer-actor-coach and producer, a favorite from the Art Institute of Chicago to the Lapin Agile in Paris, Claudia specializes in concerts and cabaret shows of French chansons, art songs, and American Songbook standards. She tours nationally and to Europe playing concert halls, clubs, theatres, museums, schools and special events. Her ensembles and projects include the crossover Jazz Fauré Project, SongShop weekly workshops in song interpretation, Vocal Canvas concerts, co-directing Singers Workshops in Paris, and offering French-based school programs. She is a co-founder of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and member of the actors’ unions for stage, film and television. The Maison Clobert label has produced her five recordings: cabaret-paree.com.

From the Ravinia audience: “Claudia is such a brilliant singer and her interpretations of the songs she chose is amazing. She looked like she was having as good a time as the audience. I am very picky in regards to the versions of Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf I like to listen to and Claudia is one of the few vocalists I think does justice to their songs. We would come back in a Parisian minute.”

Elizabeth Doyle

The magnet for many years at Chicago’s famed Pump Room, singer-pianist-composer Elizabeth Doyle has created, performed in and often music-directed an array of shows at Chicago’s major cabaret rooms and theatres. A featured guest on Marian McPartland’s NPR program Piano Jazz, Doyle’s compositions have been featured in New York ASCAP programs, at the Paradiso in Amsterdam and at Disney/ASCAP in California. Her musicals include Sleepy Hollow, Fat Tuesday, Alice in Analysis, The White City, Treasure Island, and Duo, performed at Steppenwolf Theater. She has two CDs, Elizabeth Doyle and Time Flies. elizabethdoylemusic.com.

“Elizabeth Doyle is one of Chicago’s most captivating performers,” NPR Piano Jazz.

Patricia Spaeth

Patricia Spaeth, accordionist, pianist and more, comes to Chicago via Seattle and points between. She plays an encyclopedic array of styles on accordion from Contradance to Klezmer, Finnish to French, Broadway to Swing, Tango to Ragtime. She has directed children’s theatre, composed dance tunes and original show music, and toured with an American Drama Group production in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and Austria. She accompanies ballet classes (on piano) at the Joffrey and Lou Conte studios.

Eric Vincent

Singer, guitarist, songwriter Eric Vincent began his career in Paris at the famous “Port du Salut” with Coluche. This amazing performer lives in downtown Paris on a beautiful “péniche” and has a special passion for taking his music to every corner of the globe. His name has appeared on marquees in more than 140 countries, where he is considered one of the best contemporary singers in the tradition of the chanson française. In the USA, where he tours every year, he has performed in every state except Hawaï and Alaska. He has appeared on radio and television and made a number of very successful tours of college, high school and universities. He has filled the Brooklyn Auditorium in New York City several times as well as many other prestigious venues in the world, including the World Congress Center (Atlanta, Georgia), Opera of Hanoï (Vietnam) and Opera of Manaus (Brazil). He has recorded several CDs and videos with outstanding musicians, such as Pierre Chérèze, Sylvin Marc, Tony Rabeson, Vincent Hamamdjian,  Patrick Huard, Jean-Philippe Audin, Billy Drewes, Eddy Louiss, Roland Romanelli, Justin Vali, Christophe Guiot and Jerome Gueguen, and was much admired by his good friend Georges Moustaki (whose cartoon of Eric graces his Survol album).