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Artemis Singers presents A Midwinter Night's Journey
Ethical Humanist Society
Skokie, IL
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Friday Dec 06, 2013 8:00 PM - Saturday Dec 07, 2013 7:00 PM | $10.00 - $15.00


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Artemis Singers presents A Midwinter Night's Journey
Friday, Dec.6, 2013, at 8:00 pm and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE:

SATURDAY NIGHT IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. We cannot fit anyone else in! Thank you for your support!

FRIDAY NIGHT ADVANCE SALES HAVE ENDED. We will have about 20 seats available for purchase at the door for Friday.


Artemis Singers (www.artemissingers.org), Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus, will present a winter solstice concert, "A Midwinter Night's Journey," at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie, Ill. (south of Howard St., west of Skokie Blvd.)

The chorus will perform "A Midwinter Night's Journey" on two nights because the chorus' Jan. 19, 2013, concert at this venue sold out.  

"For winter solstice, the longest night of the year, we will evoke our ancient primal past--a time when only natural sources illuminated the dark:  stars, moon and fire," said Ruth Clark, Chicago, artistic director for this concert.  "In those times, the changing length of day and night was very evident.  The solstice heralds a time of rebirth and the concert program reflects this.  In the depth of winter, we celebrate the return of the sun, as days begin to lengthen."  

Founded in 1980, the 35-member Artemis Singers specializes in music written or arranged by women.  

"A Midwinter Night's Journey" features pieces by composers and lyricists from the U.S., Finland, Estonia, Persia, Venezuela and Sweden.  Some songs will be sung in Spanish.  The program includes the "Birth/Winter Solstice" movement from Kay Gardner's "Ouroboros (Seasons of Life): Women's Passages."  

Artemis Singers will perform "Seven Principles," a Kwanzaa song by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock.  One of the Spanish language songs is Maria Elena Walsh's "Como La Cigarra," popularized by Grammy-award winner Mercedes Sosa.

The chorus will present "Ode to Women," by Venezuelan-American composer Josefina Benedetti.  "Ode to Women" was commissioned for the 2006 Sister Singers Network Choral Festival.  Sister Singers Network is a national cooperative of feminist choruses, ensembles, singers, arrangers and composers dedicated to the women's choral movement.  Artemis Singers has been a Sister Singers Network member for 30 years.

Drawing on her personal family history, Artemis Singers member and poet Loraine Edwalds, Chicago, has supplied new lyrics to the melody "Höstens dagar" by Swedish composer Eva Toller, resulting in "Lament from the Land my Grandfather Left Behind."  In addition to the full chorus, the program includes small group and solo performances as well as spoken word pieces.  

Laurie Lee Moses is Artemis Singers' piano accompanist.  Holly James is production manager for the December performances.

Ticket are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. $10 for seniors (65+) and children (12 and under).

About Artemis Singers
Still going strong after 33 years, Artemis Singers: Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus is comprised of women with diverse backgrounds who are dedicated to performing music written or arranged by women. The chorus works to effect positive change in cultural attitudes toward women and women artists, as well as to increase the visibility of lesbian feminists.

Our goal in selecting and performing music is to provide an emotionally moving, spiritually and aesthetically uplifting, and politically motivating experience to our audience. We want to entertain, amuse, and educate; to highlight historical, political, and personal events and experiences common to women; and most of all, to share a sense of community with our audience. We put on public concerts once or twice a year, as well as performing at private functions and fundraisers by invitation.

Membership is open to all women singers, regardless of musical background. No audition is required.

We are a self-directed chorus; we have no paid director. Women who choose to direct Artemis Singers may direct one or many songs, and we may have six or more different directors during the course of any single performance. Our music is selected at meetings open to any member who chooses to participate.

For more information, go to www.artemissingers.org

Location

Ethical Humanist Society (View)
7574 Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
United States


Categories

Arts > Performance
Music > Choral
Social > LGBT

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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