Wine, Women, & Song XV
15th Anniversary Gala Celebrating the KCH Tradition
- $50 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $35 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $20 General Admission
- Wendy Bloom, founder & director
- Tyler Driskill, piano & music director
- Lisa Tucker-Gray
- Laurie Atwood
- Linda Beaupre
- Sue Booth
- Carolyn Burnstein
- Roxy Diederich
- Shelley MacMillan
- Deanna Relyea
- Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers
- Susan Shipman
- Monica Swartout-Bebow
- Kathy Waugh
- Other performers TBA
These shows sell fast - reserve your tickets now!
Due to the consistent popularity of Wine, Women and Song, KCH strongly recommends ticket reservations.
Choose from 5 performance times!
This year, we're pulling out all the stops (and wine bottle corks!) to celebrate the 15th year of this beloved KCH tradition! Enjoyed annually by sold-out audiences comprised of both women AND men, Wine, Women and Song features the musical talents of local female celebrity artists from the classical, jazz and cabaret genres.
WWS XIV performances made possible in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Check out video from past WWS performances below!
Wendy Bloom left for college planning to be a choral conductor, but kept getting asked to sing instead. Those music educator plans were mostly placed on hold for the next 30 years as she sang in a quartet, as a soloist, and in some wonderful professional choirs like Conspirare in Austin, Texas, and Santa Fe Desert Chorale in New Mexico. As she begins to see the soloist years over her shoulder, she is celebrating by going back to her original plan - conducting choral music. She is enjoying being the director of the Flint Festival Chorus at the Flint Institute of Music. During the summer of 2014, she took thirty choir members and their families to France for the Paris Choral Festival. She is so pleased to gather the gang together for the 15th year of Wine, Women and Song.
Tyler Driskill is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music (B.M. '00) and Residential College (B.A. '00) and currently works as an accompanist for the UM Musical Theatre and Dance departments. A founding member of Fourth Wish jazz quartet, Tyler has also served as music director for productions at the Encore Musical Theatre Company, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and with Saline Area Players. He performs regularly and avidly in show pits throughout Southeast Michigan.
Lisa Tucker-Gray’s adventures in music have included singing professionally in California, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, and Switzerland. During those years she performed regularly in both cabaret and musical theater productions. Lisa has enjoyed a full and varied career on the stage including performances in an off-Broadway show, And What, Give Up Show Biz?, an extensive national tour in a Cole Porter tribute, Some Like it Cole, and as a headline performer on three international cruise lines. Lisa can be heard as a featured soloist with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on their CD, Brahms, Bernstein and the Boys. Lisa is an Episcopal Priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth.
Laurie Atwood is the owner and director of Children's Creative Center in Ann Arbor and the founder of the Friends of Children's Creative Center Foundation which assists homeless and disadvantaged children and families with child care scholarships and support. She is a frequent performer with Ann Arbor Civic Theater and is currently serving as a member of their board. Laurie is a sports enthusiast and loves to entertain.
Linda Beaupre was a founding member of The Black Sheep Repertory Theatre in Manchester, MI where, among other shows, she was part of two musical revues, An Evening with Cole Porter and By George!, A Gershwin Revue. Other past, favorite stage adventures include Once Upon a Mattress, The Seven Deadly Sins, Vaudeville, Ladyhouse Blues, Barefoot in the Park, The Miracle Worker, The Diary of Anne Frank, and touring with The Actor’s Trunk Company and Shakespeare for Youth. Her full time gig for the past 20 years has been teaching early elementary-aged children, currently first graders.
Sue Booth is a long-time Ann Arbor resident and performer. She holds a master's degree in voice performance from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin. Sue offers private voice lessons and enjoys helping students reach their goals. She enjoys performing with the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and Encore Musical Theater Company. She also spent many years in special occasion bands, performing jazz and top 40 music.
Carolyn Burnstein was a founding member of The Black Sheep Repertory Theatre Company of Manchester where she did everything from singing and acting on stage to musical directing and set building off stage. She toured for many years with the popular vocal quartet, Easy Street Touring Company, which appeared throughout the mid west including Navy Pier in Chicago for their jazz festival and locally at The Ark in Ann Arbor. She was the artistic director of The Choral Connection for 18 years and has been teaching private voice since 1977.
Roxy Diederich worked professionally throughout the Midwest and New York, and then continued to stay active as a means to stay sane once she had entered the business world. Roxy worked for 30 years in sales and marketing for the publishing houses of Hearst and Conde Nast. Romance enticed her to leave NYC in 2005 and return to Ann Arbor where she married her old theater “buddy” Joe and started the next chapter of her life. Currently, Roxy works as the Program Manager for the AAPS Educational Foundation, and is honored to be a member of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor.
Shelley MacMillan has long been involved with KCH and other performing arts organizations in Michigan - in lead roles both onstage and off. She was a founding member of the Black Sheep Repertory Theatre Company of Manchester, Assistant Director of the Michigan Theater, and Executive Director of Ars Musica (a Baroque orchestra based in Ann Arbor). Shelley spent over two decades in university development, first with University of Michigan's Michigan Radio and School of Information, and then with The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. She is now the Executive Director of the Glacier Hills Foundation, a part of the Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor. Shelley is an active member of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club and serves as the Vice President of the KCH Board of Directors.
Mezzo-soprano Deanna Relyea is the founder of KCH and has been its Artistic Director for 31 years. Deanna has appeared on concert series and with symphony orchestras in the region and throughout Canada. She frequently tours with her brother, the celebrated Canadian bass baritone Gary Relyea, and his wife Anna as the “Voices-Relyea” performing in festivals and on concert series throughout Canada. Deanna has performed as cabaret singer in many settings and is a regular cabaret artist at the Niagra-On-The-Lake Chamber Music Festival. Recently she appeared in New York City at John Zorn’s venue, The Stone, performing and improvising with prominent NYC artists.
Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers
Soprano Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers’ concert, recital, choral, and stage engagements have taken her around the world: New York, London, Vienna, and Prague, as well as to Chicago, Detroit, Toledo, Syracuse, and other Great Lakes cities. Recent activities have included performances and recordings with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Toledo and National Polish Radio Symphonies, Moravian Philharmonic, American Composers’ Alliance, Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music, and the Society for New Music. She appears frequently at KCH, including the annual Week After Art Fair Song Fest. She is currently an associate professor of voice at Bowling Green State University.
Susan Shipman moved to Ann Arbor from Pensacola, Florida in 1972 as a Professional Theater Fellow in the UM Theater Department. Some of her favorite roles include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Sally Bowles inCabaret. She has sung with the popular Misbehavin’ Jazz Trio and James Dapogny’s various bands and orchestras. She followed her risk-adverse gut and went on to get an MBA at the University of Michigan. She has been an appraiser and expert witness in commercial real estate for 20 years and is a partner in Terzo & Bologna, a Midwest valuation firm.
Monica Swartout-Bebow, mezzo-soprano, is a busy regional artist and seasoned voice teacher known for her versatile singing and engaging performances. A Detroit area native, she made her professional operatic debut as Juno in the Detroit Oratorio Society’s production of Händel’sSemele, in which The Detroit News described her as “captivating.” Her opera credits include work with the Dayton Opera, Toledo Opera, the Lincoln Center Institute, Michigan Opera Works, and the Comic Opera Guild. Ms. Swartout-Bebow enjoys the recital stage, and has presented solo recitals at concert houses and churches in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. She performs at the Ann Arbor Kerrytown Concert House regularly as part of its annual concert series, including the Parisian Soirée, Wine, Women, and Song, and the long-running Ann Arbor Festival of Song. Ms. Swartout-Bebow’s singing extends to the genres of jazz, cabaret, and musical theatre with appearances at such regional venues as Davenport’s in Chicago, the Kerrytown Concert House, the Cadillac Club in Lansing, and at the Toledo Museum of Art. As a faculty member of Eastern Michigan University, Ms. Swartout-Bebow teaches studio voice, foreign language diction classes, and opera workshop.
Kathy Waugh has been an active member of the local theater scene for nearly 30 years. She has acted, produced, choreographed, stage managed and assistant directed in more shows than she can count. She had the wonderful opportunity to sing on stage with Frederica Von Stade in Michigan Theater’s production of Candide. Professionally, Kathy performed with the Ohio Light Opera Company for several years and she is currently a soloist at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ann Arbor. Some favorite roles include Paulette in Legally Blonde, Big Edie/Little Edie in Grey Gardens, Charity in Sweet Charity, Roxie in Chicago, Eva Peron in Evita and many others. During all of that she also has worked as a proposal manager for an engineering/construction company for the past 25 years.