Artist / Program Description
Presenters consistently rave that hers was the best concert of the season. Claudia Hommel specializes in French chansons, art songs, and a sprinkling of American jazz standards and theatre music, with an expressive range from deep drama to satirical high-jinks. “With a smooth, rich voice,” Paris-born actor/singer Claudia “is at once sexy and sophisticated, stunning in an Audrey Hepburn sort of way.”
Whether songs in intimate settings or intimate moments in large settings, Claudia’s concerts are custom-made for recital halls, theatres, nightclubs, and classrooms.
Neil Tesser (Chicago Reader) reports, “…you'll think you paid for the evening in euros.”
She is also an artist-in-residence for secondary and college-level French, history, music, and theatre, including song interpretation masters classes.
Romance Language: French Songs for Lovers: Featuring violinist Johnny Frigo.
Paris in the Jazz Age: Plays from ragtime to Charleston to swing with piano accompaniment.
Souvenirs of Paris 1950: Celebrates songs made famous by Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, and Duke Ellington.
The Jazz Fauré Project - a classical rendezvous: Brings a jazz combo to the 19th-century songs of Gabriel Fauré.
Strolling serenades: With accordionist.
solo performances: With chamber orchestra.
ESPRESSO: Claudia performs with Bradford Newquist, Elizabeth Doyle, and Bob Moreen, all founding members of Chicago Cabaret Professionals.