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!


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.”

Bring us all of your Dreams

A little over two months away is our next winter concert, Wildest Dreams. As we reflect on our 35 year herstory, we are proud of what Artemis Singers has accomplished and how many lives we have touched. In this next concert we’ll envision where we want to go next — as individuals, as a chorus, and as global citizens.

We’ll perform on Saturday and Sunday, January 23 and 24 at the Ethical Humanist Society in Skokie. Follow this link for more details.

You will be treated to wonderful melodies by Kristina Boerger, Andrea Ramsey, Holly Near, Kay Gardner, Joan Szymko, and more, coupled with inspiring texts from visionaries like Audre Lorde, Emily Dickinson, Ella Baker, Langston Hughes, and Jane Addams.

If you would like to honor a person or organization that inspires you, consider placing an ad in our concert program book. Learn more or reserve your ad here.

A dream shared is a dream strengthened. Join us!