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Artemis Singers, Chicago’s lesbian feminist chorus, will present “Rise Up,” a call-to-action concert of progressive, energizing music, with guest artist Melanie DeMore and students from Evanston Township High School at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13, at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave.
Ms. DeMore, a vocal activist and choral conductor, will also lead a vocal music workshop, “Using Your Voice for Change,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ETHS that same day. Open to the public, the workshop will show people how they can use their voices to express themselves. Singer-songwriter Ms. DeMore has performed on stage with Pete Seeger, Odetta, Richie Havens, Judy Collins, and Laura Nyro, among others.
The “Rise Up” program features songs which identify inequities in society and offer solutions.
“We will sing about problems facing our country, our city and our planet, and encourage people to make changes,” said Loraine Edwalds, “Rise Up” concert co-artistic director. “Don’t just hope; resist. Hoping for change implies we’re without power, we’re afraid or we’re just waiting. No, for this concert, we want to define what we’re up against and then start fighting it.”
Ms. Edwalds is encouraged by the political tsunami unleashed by the November 2016 election results.
“To end marginalization and inequality,” said Karen Mooney, co-artistic director, “we must be courageous enough to question the laws and traditions that created disparity in education, in housing and in wages. Only when we take courage and act to force that change will there finally be justice for those who have been ‘other,’ for those who have, all these years, stood outside the circle of power.”
The 35-member Artemis Singers specializes in performing music written or arranged by women. The chorus takes its name from the Greek goddess Artemis, a symbol of independence among lesbian feminists.
Tickets to the concert or the workshop or both are available at riseup2018.brownpapertickets.com. More information is available by emailing email@example.com or calling 773-764-4465. Both concert and workshop are accessible.