Fall concert: Samhain – Encounters through the Veil

Time does not stretch forward as a line but circles and cycles through the seasons. Each time we return to the familiar points on the wheel we are the same and yet not the same. 

Samhain is the point on the Wheel of the Year between fall equinox or Mabon and winter solstice or Yule. The ancients believed sunset marked the ending of one day and the beginning of a new day. Similarly, this is when the old year has died and the new year has not yet begun. 

The harvest is in and the land is falling dormant for winter. We gather together and prepare to face the long, cold nights ahead. 

This is the time when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. We remember our ancestors and others who have passed and recall them to our living world. We look to bring their blessings onto our future. As we turn inward in contemplation we focus our thoughts on what the new year might bring. Within this creative darkness, we plant the seeds for new growth.

Artemis Singers invites you to join us in observation and contemplation, in harmony and hopefulness. 

Fall Choral Concert: Saturday night, October 29th, 2022, 7:00 pm

Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois

Tickets available here: https://artemis-singers-samhain.eventbrite.com

We expect to have some tickets available at the door. Note we will only accept cash or check at the door, but you can purchase with a credit card through Eventbrite on your smartphone. Ah, technology!


There’s a parking lot on site, and we encourage car-pooling

The nearest CTA stops are the Dempster purple line stop (about a 10 minute walk away) and the Ridge & Greenwood bus stop, served by the 201 and 206 buses. You can also take the 250 bus to Ridge & Dempster, which passes by the Davis purple line stop and Davis Street/Evanston metra stop.

Please join us!

Live in concert (hooray!)

June 4, 2022 4pm

Leaping Lesbians!
A celebration of lesbian life

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 
  • Familiarity with current CDC COVID Guidelines for vaccines, masking, social distancing and testing
  • Rain gear if the weather is not cooperating

What we will bring:

  • 21 fully vaccinated singers who have tested negative for Covid on that day (and therefore likely unmasked)
  • A great program of choral songs
  • Two new pieces presented to a live audience for the very first time
  • Lively percussion, strings, guitar, and keyboard accompaniment
  • The great outdoors and a relaxed atmosphere
  • Overwhelming happiness to be singing for YOU

Getting There Options:

Forest Glen Woods – Picnic Grove #1, 5420 N Forest Glen Ave, Chicago

  • Take the 92 Foster CTA bus to Foster & Leclaire and walk about 10 mins north to the grove
  • Take Metra MD-N line to Forest Glen and walk about 5 mins north to the grove
  • Drive to the forest preserve and enjoy ample parking onsite

Tickets: Donations of any amount are welcome on-site, or Donate online. 

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We Are the New Dawn

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.”