JOIN ARTEMISIA FOR THEIR BRAND NEW SHOW:
04.15 OAK PARK
@ First United Church of
@ New Rhythm Arts Center
05.07 ROGERS PARK
@ Bond Chapel
05.11 HYDE PARK
@ Church of the Ascension
05.12 NEAR NORTH
Step into the timeless, international and universal world of motherhood.
Steeped in joy, fear, humor, anger, determination and transcendent love, the stories and voices of mothers too often go unheard. In their third fully staged and immersive show, vocal trio Artemisia paints a portrait of motherhood through the songs of women from all over the world.
Hear a breathless Appalachian exaltation at the birth of a young daughter, a playful First Nations lullaby about a jumping prairie dog, a mournful Lithuanian graveside song from an orphaned daughter, an admonishing Yiddish dialogue from an exasperated mother to a love-stuck teenage daughter, and a world premiere commission from Chicago’s own acclaimed female composer, Kate Pukinskis.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
MEET OUR COLLABORATORS:
Susan Payne O'Brien (Staging Director):
Susan (previous director for Artemisia's Suit and Tie program) is deeply influenced by the rich theatrical landscape of the Chicagoland area where she works and resides. She trained as a director and performer under Byrne and Joyce Piven at the famed Piven Theater Workshop. Drawing upon her twenty year tenure as a teacher, performer and director at Piven and upon her years as an actress and opera singer Susan creates inventive work for the theater and opera stage.
She is the founder and Artistic Director of Forte Chicago, an all female operatic company that devises new work pushing the boundaries of the female voice.
Kate Pukinskis (Guest Composer):
Katherine Pukinskis is a composer-scholar based in Cambridge MA. She is currently a Preceptor in Music at Harvard University. Dr. Pukinskis earned her PhD in Music Composition in 2016 from the University of Chicago. Pukinskis has had works premiered by eighth blackbird, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Akron Symphony Chorus, and the Spektral Quartet, as well as by members of the San Antonio Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. She has been commissioned to write works for the Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago, the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, musicians of the San Antonio Symphony, Red Star Brass, and many other ensembles nationwide. Dr. Pukinskis’s scholarly research revolves around notions of nationalism and cultural identity, diaspora, traditional folk and choral music, and the twentieth-century histories of Latvia and the Baltic nations.
Emily Edgington Andrews (Guest Artist, Columbia Youth Choirs Director):
Long an advocate for quality musical arts in the community, Emily Edgington Andrews is extremely active in Columbia, working with children and adults at every level of their musical development. In 2013 Emily was appointed Artistic Director for the Columbia Chorale, and under her baton has helped to expand the organization, now in its 38th season, to include eleven choral ensembles. Under its new umbrella title Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the organization offers exceptional choral experiences accessible to everyone from youth to adults. Emily serves as the Assistant Conductor for CAAM’s permanent professional Artists-in-Residence, Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort, managing the ensemble and assisting in conducting the highly sought-after ensemble.
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