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.”

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!