Performance Archives

Each year, we sponsor two or more SongShop Live group concerts built around a single theme. Each theme, such as Life at Home, Promise Me…, Dream a Little Dream, Flying, The Dr. Ruth Show, ties together our vast repertoire and song genres.

Since 2013, we’ve also produced Solo Sets featuring a smaller number of singers in concert. The SongShop Salon series brings a select group of performers to private homes for intimate house concerts. We welcome your interest to host a Salon concert. Singers and pianists who have joined our performances are listed at the Talent Roster.

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SHOW HISTORY in reverse order

DateShow TitleVenue
8/18/2021Thank You ConcertTown Hall Apartments (Center at Addison)
7/17/2021Midsummer Dream part 2Garden chez Claudia Hommel & Cappy Kidd
6/27/2021Midsummer Dream part 1Saint Martha & All Saints Shrine, Morton Grove
6/5/2021Coming Up RosesGarden chez Claudia Hommel & Cappy Kidd
2/14/2021Brand New DayVirtual concert recorded at Le Piano, Chicago
10/10/2020The Boys and Girls of AutumnGarden chez Claudia Hommel & Cappy Kidd
9/26/2020The Girls and Boys of SummerGarden chez Claudia Hommel & Cappy Kidd
8/29/2020Hello/Goodbye #3Garden chez Claudia Hommel & Cappy Kidd, Albany Park, Chicago
2/9/2020Hello/Goodbye #2Home of Ruth Fuerst & Jim Block, Hyde Park, Chicago
1/18/2020Hello/Goodbye #1Home of Louise Gale, Forest Park
5/4-5/2019Over the Moon and Under the SunChopin Theatre, Pregnant Buffalo Lounge, Chicago
2/16/2019A Valentine PotpourriDePaul School of Music Recital Hall, Chicago
5/13/2018Mother’s Day: Tributes and TribulationsPianoForte, Chicago
4/14/2018Dr. Ruth Show—RebootHome of Ruth Fuerst and Jim Block, Chicago
2/11/2018Seasons of Our LovesHome of Ruth Fuerst and Jim Block, Chicago
1/28/2018Seasons of Our LovesHome of Jamie and Mark Brady, Chicago
11/5/2017Sneak PreviewsHome of Ilene and Larry Lubell, Chicago
4/17/201724 Hours Can Go So FastPianoForte Chicago
12/4/2016Fabric of Our Lives: December PatternsHome of Roxane Assaf and Michael Lynn, Chicago
11/12/2016Fabric of Our Lives: November Love NotesHome of Jamie and Mark Brady, Chicago
10/23/2016Fabric of Our Lives: Autumn ColorsHome of Barbara and Don Hoffman, Deerfield
9/18/2016Fabric of Our Lives: Summer’s EndHome of Cathy and Martin Glickman, Chicago
4/17/2016The SongShop Coloring BookPianoForte Chicago
2/28/2016Sunday Salon, Songs to Warm UsHome of Ruth Fuerst & Jim Block, Hyde Park, Chicago
10/11/2015Sunday Salon, Songs with a View #2Home of Stephen Wright & Allen Shechtman, Chicago
5/17/2015Sunday Salon, Songs with a ViewHome of Stephen Wright & Allen Shechtman, Chicago
1/24/2015Friends & LoversDePaul School of Music Recital Hall
4/26/2014Take the Ride of Your Life, Part TwoDaystar Center
4/25/2014Take the Ride of Your Life, Part OnePianoForte Studios, Chicago
11/16/2013Solo Sets: From Oz and BeyondDaystar Center
11/2/2013Solo Sets: Thank You for the MusicDaystar Center
10/19/2013Weekend in the Country with SondheimDaystar Center
10/19/2013Keri Chryst’s French ConnectionDaystar Center
9/21/2013Solo Sets: Taking a Chance on LoveDaystar Center
9/21/2013Solo Sets: New & Artful SongsDaystar Center
9/7/2013Life at Home: Part TwoDaystar Center
8/24/2013Life At Home: Part OneDaystar Center
2/16/2013SongShop Revealed: the tabloid concertDaystar Center, Chicago
8/6/2012Flying! A Songshop CabaretJazz Showcase, Chicago
1/28/2012Promise Me…Cyrano’s Bistrot
7/29/2011Dream a Little #2Cyrano’s Bistrot
7/23/2011Dream a Little #1Cyrano’s Bistrot
1/29/2011The Dr. Ruth Show Sessions 2 & 3Cyrano’s Bistrot
1/7/2011The Dr. Ruth Show Session 1Cyrano’s Bistrot
7/30/2010Time After Time (Show 2)Little Bucharest Bistro
7/17/2010Time After Time (Show 1)DePaul School of Music Recital Hall
1/9/2010It was just one of those nights…Cyrano’s Bistrot
7/12/2009Midsummer SongsDePaul School of Music Recital Hall
1/11/2009Here’s to LifeCyrano’s Bistrot
8/5/2008It’s a Most Unusual DayCyrano’s Bistrot cabaret room
7/12/2005Taking Chances- a songshop cabaret!Chicago Cultural Center Randolph Street Café
11/16/2004You Make Me Feel So YoungDavenport’s Cabaret Room
5/13/2004You Make Me Feel So YoungDavenport’s Cabaret Room


“As a participant in last night’s “SongShop” performance at Cyrano’s, I want to express my appreciation to Claudia Hommel for a wonderful class and a terrific performance opportunity. We had the most generous and engaged audience, and it was so much fun to witness one another’s achievements and passion for performing.” —Michelle Greenberg, professional singer-pianist

“Thanks to all of you for co-creating what was really an unbelievably special nite!! Its amazing how great it turned out. Everyone was at their best and lots of people commented to me how lucky we are to be a part of such a group. Our connections with each other, and our mutual support and respect came through even for people just watching the show. I do indeed feel very lucky to have found you all.” —Ruth Fuerst

“(Claudia) personally arranged for our opportunities to perform in public and considered that a crucial yardstick for measuring progress. In less than 9 months, I never felt better about performance!” —Beverly Opelka, classical singer


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