Fête de fin d’année et de l'école

Festive Fayre & Cabaret des Fêtes !

Friday, December 04, 2015
6:30 p.m.
54 W. Chicago Avenue
$15 Members and Fall/Fall Winter sessions students / $25 Non-Members


Back by popular demand!

It is that time of year again… Come and celebrate the season with live music, fabulous food, and our executive director, Jack McCord's famous vin chaud!

But first singer Elise LaBarge brings us her Cabaret des Fêtes with pianist Paul Hamilton and a selection of songs by Edith Piaf, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker and French Holiday Classics.

The concert will be followed by a cocktail dinatoire in our salon thanks to Team Alliance under the direction of Chef McCord,  and the dancing part will be brought by DJ Maxime Bonnard ; Maxime is a former Alliance Francaise intern who created a "webzine" about electro music;  l'oiseau de nuit, which won the Golden Blog awards in 2013.



Au menu:

Bouchée de beef tenderloin

Rillettes de saumon Pissaladière à la façon de Catherine

Mousse de foie de volailles (comme chez ma mère)

Vin chaud et Mousseux rosé

Mignardises et mandarines


 Elise LaBarge is a professional singer, actress and teacher, who relocated to Chicago from St. Louis in 2012. She has worked as a singer-actress with a number of opera and theatre companies in various roles and ensembles throughout the Midwest. Her recent Chicago credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Jane in Babes in Toyland, and the Witch in a student version of Hansel and Gretel. In the cabaret setting, Elise created and performed “1940s Paris: Cabaret Songs from the City of Lights and her Allies” for St. Louis University’s alumni weekend in 2013. 

She currently teaches private voice lessons in her Old Irving Park home studio, is a teaching artist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, provides music for wedding ceremonies, parties and church services, sings French and German cabaret music, dances Argentine Tango, entertains children in opera productions, directs Darwin Elementary’s after school chorus, and performs with The Irving Sisters.


 Paul Hamilton has over 35 years of professional experience as a pianist, musical director/conductor, composer and vocal coach.

When he doesn't coaches opera at Northeastern Illinois University, he offers solo piano performances. He loves intimate seating and audience interaction, allowing for a moving experience shared between artist and listener. During his concerts, he draws from his own compositions and from the standard and non-standard piano repertoire.

For reservation information call: (312) 337-1070
Please note that registrations for cultural programs are non-refundable.

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