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We love libraries! And libraries love when we design a show around a theme, Big Read, festival or other community program. Claudia Hommel's featured repertoire includes "YOUR TICKET TO PARIS" cabaret concerts, "VOCAL CANVAS" concerts with projected images of artwork and photographs, or Create a Cabaret among the bookshelves as a library fundraiser.
Claudia herself has a Masters in Library Science! As Jennifer Black from Glenview Library underscores, Claudia "understands the library world, our audience, and truly cares about our work." So it's not surprising that Claudia was recommended to the LACONI "Best of the Best" list by several Chicagoland librarians.
From Ragtime to Swing, from Classics to New Songs, with accordionist, pianist or a quartet of singers, Claudia will set a mood and elevate the celebration to an unforgettable experience. Take your patrons to "Paris" and beyond for a song.
Claudia also brings her Cabaret-Paree programs to elementary and secondary schools, and offers workshops (for French and social studies) and master classes for singers of all ages.
"Well, damn! Thank you for a fabulous concert/cabaret last Thursday. The audience just loved the program. It was hugely entertaining and completely relevant to the Big Read book. I couldn't have been happier with the program!" —Rhonda Snelson, Lisle Public Library
"Great performances, classy production. I was delighted to see the brief item on Claudia Hommel in the June 2002 American Libraries. Claudia performs at libraries! In fact, that's where I first saw her perform in a tremendous program with the wonderful jazz violinist, Johnny Frigo." —John Blegen, director emeritus, Glenview (IL) Public Library
"Claudia Hommel defines the "Best of the Best." Claudia's performance at the Glenview Public Library, Jazzy Paris: A January Delight, was the centerpiece of our January program series, Bring the World Home—We'll Always Have Paris.
We stumbled on Claudia through an Internet search for a local French chanteuse, not only to find out that she is one of Chicago's most respected French cabaret artists, but also a former librarian—who understands the library world, our audience, and truly cares about our work.
Claudia asked that we try to set the mood and create a cabaret feeling. This was a great suggestion. With a few card tables, tablecloths, and soft lighting, we transformed our community room into a French cabaret on a dreary and cold winter Sunday. Accompanied by the sounds of a gypsy accordionist, dressed in French style, and using evocative props, Claudia transports her audience to the romance and rhythms of a Paris cabaret.
As a footnote, Claudia continues to be generous with her time, making excellent suggestions for other local performers, as she is so well-connected with the Chicago music scene."
Jennifer Black, Department Head, Public Information
Glenview Public Library
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