Join us outdoors at the Forest Glen Forest Preserve picnic pavilion on Chicago’s northwest side for a joyous celebration, as we sing for you in person. We’ll be singing songs commissioned recently, as well as some we’ve sung for many years.
What you will bring:
Enthusiasm for lesbian feminist music and community
Your lawn chair or blanket (there will also be 4 or 5 picnic tables onsite)
Snacks and beverages to enjoy — but please no glass containers
Premiering a new song from Artemis Singers! “We Are the New Dawn” was written by Artemis Singers members Hilary Marsh and Karen Mooney for our 40th anniversary celebration. Although the pandemic has caused us to postpone our 40th anniversary festivities, we recorded the piece for you to enjoy.
Karen and Hilary have this to say:
We wrote this song because the lesbian community needs and deserves it. The song documents our journey from secrecy to taking our full place in society. Because we are sometimes overshadowed by louder voices, lesbians need to remind ourselves, the LGBTQ+ community, and the world that lesbians have a long history, innumerable stories, and ever-growing pride. The song reminds us, too, that each woman travels her own journey, and while there are plenty of challenges along the way, we will stand with one another in solidarity to face them. Importantly, the song ends on a hopeful note, reaching our hands out to other lesbians on their journey, because we are stronger together. “Love shows the way.”
We just closed our 2014-2015 Season with a big dose of Pride. We performed “Proud to Be…Me!” on June 6 on the North side at Broadway United Methodist and June 13 on the South side at Beverly Unitarian. We are donating a portion of the proceeds of the June 13 concert to Affinity, whose mission statement is:
Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify emergent needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights.
Next up, a well-deserved summer break, followed by New Member night on August 27. Contact us here or phone 773-764-4465 to let us know if you are interesting in joining the chorus. We’re open to women singers with a lesbian feminist inclination who are free to rehearse on Thursday nights. There’s no audition, but it would be great if you can match pitch and have some sense of rhythm. No need to be able to sight-read music. We are also always looking for people to volunteer with us behind the scenes.
Here’s how we showed our true colors at Broadway UMC: