Chicago Rose

January 19, 2008 12:57:50 PM PST
Musician and singer 'Chicago Rose' comes to ABC7 Chicago to talk about her farewell concert before departing for her role in a new Cirque Du Soleil show in China.



Farewell concert at not-for-profit "The Orphanage" on Sunday, January 20th

WHO: Chicago Rose has been entertaining Chicagoans for over 15 years, performing at such places as The Green Mill, The Redhead Pianobar, Taste of Chicago, Navy Pier, Who's Next, Magnum's Prime Steak and Lobster, Roth's Prime Steakhouse and Pianobar, Hotel Orrington, The Underground Wonderbar, Slugger's, Howl at the Moon, America's Bar, and The Orphanage; and releasing two albums of her singing and piano playing, 'I Am a Butterfly,' and 'Setting New Standards.' She has made a name for herself on the National dueling piano circuit with her extensive repertoire of over a thousand melodies -- from the nineteenth century to the present: Pop hits, Jazz, Rock Standards and unique originals --- rarely all found in one entertainer. With a winning smile, charm and onstage wit she involves her audience in the show and gets everybody moving.

Chicago Rose is also an International talent who also plays flute when she appears with her Jazz ensemble, The Chicago Rose Garden, and performs as a solo singer, which in many instances has included sharing the stage with famed Jazz Violinist, Johnny Frigo. In the fifteen years she has been on the pro circuit, she's made quite a name for herself on three continents. Currently, her recordings receive airplay in Spain, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Norway, Ireland, and Australia.

WHAT: FAREWELL CONCERT: Rose is leaving on Sunday, January 27th for her newest and biggest gig: a featured singer with the Macau, China permanent Cirque du Soliel show, and as her final Chicago concert, she will be performing a solo set of original music at "The Orphanage." Her music is uplifting, autobiographical and speaks of her recent travels across the U.S. on her touring rigs as a dueling piano player and of the process of manifesting her dreams. All proceeds of her CD sales and cover charge for this concert will go to "The Orphanage," a non-profit group of artists who are launching this outlet for other creative personalities and seekers to invent, share, and participate while keeping in mind the community in which we live. The Orphanage is a nonprofit performance space / coffeehouse / gallery in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood.

WHEN: January 20, Sunday 7pm - midnight Cover charge: $10 suggested donation (although nobody will be turned away, even if they can't pay) includes a vegetarian buffet and live music by Chicago Rose, Jessica Fogel, Jason Ajemian, Charlie Feret, and the Radio Hour with Tim & Co.

WHERE: The Orphanage Chicago, 643 W. 31st Street Chicago IL 60616 (773) 807-5157. The Orphanage is located on the second level in the community center of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

WHY: During this summer's world-wide talent search, Chicago Rose has been cast as a singer for Cirque du Soleil (video auditions can be seen on and will be moving to Macau, China, where she will perform in the new resident show, whose world premier will take place in 2008, at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. Since the show is still being created, the language in which Rose will be singing is still a mystery. Says Rose, "I will miss playing the piano up close and personal every night for my many pianobar fans, but am very excited at the thought of singing at two shows five days a week."

The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel will play a crucial role in making Macau one of Asia's most exciting entertainment destinations and preeminent convention and exhibition venues. Large enough to hold ninety Boeing 747 jumbo jets, nowhere else in Asia is found such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities than at this 3,000-suite flagship property.