This program explores the solo female voice as composed by womxn over the past 50 years. We experience the solo voice in our everyday lives, but through this program I aim to challenge and invite the listener into an auditory world with which they may be unfamiliar with and, through doing so, encourage them to listen thoughtfully and with renewed purpose to womxn’s voices. - Alexandra Smither
Jessica Meyer performs works using a loop pedal to create a virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola, voice, and hand percussion from her CD “Sounds of Being”. She will also perform excerpts from her new solo show that takes the vivid poetry of four acclaimed, living women poets and creates a visceral journey that explores two universal experiences– falling in and out of love/lust and the death of a parent. Jessica has been featured at iconic venues such as BAMcafé and Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and in Paris at Sunset Sunside.
“Troubled Waters” features works for oboe and string quartet, serving as an introduction to 5th Wave Collective and how diverse programming is truly possible. Each composer performed represents a facet of 5th Wave Collective’s mission, such as featuring composers of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, valuing those who fought for their music in centuries past, having a voice of relevancy that reflects our musicians and audiences, and working with composers from our hometown, Chicago, IL.
Soprano Kerry Holahan and pianist Susan Zhang present an eclectic program of English and French art songs by Florence Price, Natalie Draper and Cécile Chaminade in the refreshing outdoor setting of the Concert Truck. In the central song cycle, Natalie Draper sets three poems by Judy Grahn that address how society treats women and how women prove resilient: “The Ice Queen,” “The enemies of She Who call her various names,” and “She Who Continues.”