|News And Appearances
Hello and welcome to my calendar page. Scroll down for a list of my ongoing engagements along with concert performances and other upcoming dates.
And if you'd like to keep up with all of my performance announcements, join my mailing list - periodic emails or postcards with more info about upcoming dates. Go to the Contact Carolyn page in the menu to the left and fill out my form with a message to add you to my mailing list -- then you'll always know where to find me. Here's where I'll be in the coming months:
*Piano and vocals at THE MAXWELL MANSION SPEAKEASY in Lake Geneva -- Join me SATURDAY EVENINGS from 8 pm - midnight when I'll serenade you with jazzy standards, ragtime piano, favorite Broadway showtunes and '60s-'70s pop hits in this fabulous underground speakeasy. Password posted each Friday on the Maxwell Mansion facebook page. Not appearing Saturday 2/15. The Maxwell Mansion, 421 Baker Street, Lake Geneva, 53147; for info call 262-248-9711 or visit The Maxwell Mansion.
*DREW'S ON HALSTED -- announcing my newest Chicago ongoing engagement. This month: Wednesday 2/5, 6-9 pm; Tuesday 2/18, 6-9 pm; Friday 2/21, 7:30-10:30 pm; Tuesday 2/25, 6-9 pm and Friday 2/28, 7:30-10:30 pm. Join me for favorite piano/vocal standards, showtunes, a little jazz and some Barbra, Bette, Carole, Billy, Elton and more. $15 food/beverage minimum. Reservations STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and do tell them that you're coming to see me so the staff can be sure to seat you in the entertainment area of the restaurant. Drew's on Halsted, 3201 N. Halsted Street, Chicago -- call 773-224-9191 or visit Drew's on Halsted
*THE PFISTER HOTEL LOBBY LOUNGE in downtown Milwaukee -- I'm on piano in the Lobby Lounge on various nights from 5-8 pm and 9 pm-midnight. This month: Wednesdays 2/19 and 2/26. And in March: Tuesdays 3/3 and 3/17 Check here for additional dates as they sometimes book on short notice. The Pfister Hotel, 424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, 53202; more info at The Pfister Hotel
Other current engagements include a mix of private events and those open to the public. Here are some highlights:
Private and corporate events include dates at the Harley Davidson Museum, The Pfister Hotel, Tripoli Shrine Center, Westmoor Country Club, Milwaukee Country Club, Blue Mound Country Club, The Woman's Club of Wisconsin and The Wisconsin Club, all in greater Milwaukee -- plus weddings at Villa Terrace, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, The University Club and The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, The Pres House in Madison and the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates.
Concert performances at a variety of locations are also on the calendar in the coming months--
In greater Milwaukee: Wright House Senior Living, Lakewood Alzheimer's Special Care Community, St. Camillus, Brenwood Park, Riverview Village, Elizabeth Residence Bayside, Clare Meadows and Dickson Hollow.
Elsewhere in Wisconsin: Oakwood Village University Woods in Madison and Shorehaven in Oconomowoc
Many of these concerts are private performances but guests are often welcome. For specific date and time info, please contact me.
PAST PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS --
December 2019 -- The Chicago Cabaret Professionals annual holiday cabaret "Merry Measures" at Davenport's. Two nights of musical merriment benefiting Hearts to Art.
October 2019 -- The Chicago Cabaret Professionals 21st Annual Gala, "Songs that Make the Whole World Sing", at The Park West Theatre. Thrilled to be a part of this fabulous cast!!
August 2019 -- Congregation Shalom Musical Kaleidoscope Series presented my trio in concert. Michael Britz on bass, Michael "Ding" Lorenz on drums and yours truly regaled one of the best audiences ever with a Nat King Cole tribute and of course Broadway showtunes.
August 2019 -- Another delightful visit to the Spring Creek Church Friday concert series, this time featuring me on piano and vocals plus one of my favorite bassists, Tom McGirr.
June 2019 -- Sunset Playhouse SideNotes Cabaret Series presented my show BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTER SINGALONG June 13-16. Sold-out audiences enjoyed performances by my trio (me on piano/vocals, Michael "Ding" Lorenz on drums [Jim Ryan for the Saturday show] and Michael Britz on bass) and special guest appearances by quintuple threat (actor/dancer/singer/director/choreographer), Sunset favorite and all-around swell guy Karl Miller and SideNotes producer, the one and only Peggy Peterson Ryan.
March 2019 -- "In L-O-V-E with Nat King Cole" -- sold-out centennial tribute to the late great Mr. Cole presented at Skokie Theatre, featuring Daryl Nitz, Beckie Menzie, Mark Burnell, Greta Pope, Frieda Lee, Ester Hana and yours truly. With Jim Cox on bass and Phil Gratteau on drums.
December 2018 -- "Merry Measures" at Davenport's Cabaret in Chicago -- Chicago Cabaret Professionals' annual holiday benefit concert.
September 2018 -- Sopra Mare Cafe at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee -- I was featured on solo piano selections on this long-running Sunday morning musicale in the Mercury Courtyard.
June 2017-August 2018 -- pianist at Von Maur at The Corners of Brookfield. To the wonderful staff, management and customers--thanks for the memories!!!!
September 2005-May 2018 -- A wonderful almost 13-year run at The Wisconsin Club in downtown Milwaukee. Several years as solo pianist led to five years as house singer/pianist with my duo. Thanks to the wonderful members and staff!!
September 2017 -- Singer/actor Doug Clemons and I performed several duets in "More of Loesser", a new show in the popular Charles Troy Presents series, at the Skokie Theater.
July 2017 -- MUSIC AND MORE summer concert series, First Presbyterian Church in Racine, WI
June 2017 -- SANDWICH AND A STEINWAY concert series, Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee
March 2017 -- Duo performance of "Sentimental Journey" with flutist Rick Aaron on Spring Creek Church Concert Series, Pewaukee, WI
June 2016 -- Annual appearance on MUSIC AND MORE Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church in Racine
June 2015 -- Chicago Cabaret Professionals DREAM TEAMS OF SONG, the season opener on the MUSICAL MONDAYS series at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre: we received a rave review from Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich for our show, directed by Joan Curto and music direction by Mark Burnell, in which I performed solo numbers and also accompanied the fabulous Liz Norton and Daryl Nitz.
August-October 2014 -- Ongoing engagement at The Crystal Lounge in The Merion Hotel in Evanston, IL.
July 2014 -- I performed my newest solo concert, "THE WAY WE WERE: Favorite Female Singers of the Early '70s", to a full house at the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire, IL, as part of their 40th anniversary celebration. The show features songs written or made famous by artists such as Carole King, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Karen Carpenter, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick and many others.
August 2013 -- National Governors Association Annual Meeting, Milwaukee -- I was very honored to perform at two events held at Pier Wisconsin during the governors' convention.
August 2013 -- National Ability Center fundraising dinner, Chicago -- I provided piano/vocal entertainment at a private event in downtown Chicago for this esteemed Park City, Utah-based nonprofit organization.
July 2013 -- Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers -- Violinist Gina Wood and I provided the music for the annual suiteholders reception in the Lambeau Field Atrium. GO PACKERS!!!
June 2013 -- The Indian Trails Library District (Wheeling, IL) sponsored a performance of "Let's Get Away From It All", my musical travelog concert. A lovely audience in a lovely setting.
November 2012 -- I performed for a very special community-wide Veterans Day luncheon at the Waukegan Township Park Place, sharing the stage with the Navy Band Great Lakes, the North Chicago JROTC Color Guard and the Waukegan High School Drill Team. What an honor to salute the area's veterans with a special concert!
July 2011 -- Broadway Theatre Center Open House in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward. I performed a 45-min. solo set for a very enthusiastic audience in the Skylight Bar.
June 2010 -- Skokie Theatre Music Foundation presented "VOICE OF AMERICA: Saluting American Popular Music during the Wartime Years", a patriotic revue featuring vocalists Jeanne Scherkenbach, Joel Kopischke, Rachel Renee, Matt Richardson and me (performer and musical director) singing favorite songs from World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam years and Operation Desert Storm. Songs included "You're a Grand Old Flag", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" and many more -- and ChicagoCritic.com said "Pianist/singer Carolyn Wehner brings music and a fine voice to the show."
March 2010 -- Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret, Chicago -- "Be Our Guest", the final installment of the annual Chicago Cabaret Professionals March Series highilighted the best of Broadway from 1980 to the present. Shared the stage with Anne & Mark Burnell, Paul Motondo and Tommy Hensel; a very enthusiastic sold-out house enjoyed songs from Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Avenue Q, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Assassins and more.
October 2009 -- Park West Theatre, Chicago -- Chicago Cabaret Professionals Annual Gala Benefit Concert, "Put On Your Sunday Clothes", a celebration of the best of Chicago cabaret. I did a set during the cocktail hour show, joined by vocalist Pam Peterson on our arrangement of the Stevie Wonder classic, "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing".
September 2009 - Drury Lane Theatre at Water Tower Place, Chicago -- "Let's Do It With Cole Porter", my second appearance on the critically acclaimed Musical Mondays on the Magnificent Mile cabaret series. A marvelous evening of elegant music, performing along with Anne & Mark Burnell, Joan Curto, Jen Chada and Rob Lindley.
* Open to the public.