Fri, May 19|
Her Only Light: The Songs of Connie Converse (Work-in-Progress)
5th Wave Collective is featured in a works-in-progress showcase featuring the long-forgotten art songs of singer/songwriter Connie Converse, arranged by Chicago composer Ronnie Kuller.
Time & Location
May 19, 8:30 PM CDT
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
About the event
5th Wave is delighted to be part of this works-in-progress showcase for "Her Only Light: The Songs of Connie Converse", a project spearheaded by Chicago-based composer/performer Ronnie Kuller and vocalist Emmy Bean.
Kuller is arranging music by the late composer Connie Converse, who wrote brilliant folk and art songs between 1945-1961 and whose work was almost entirely uncelebrated in her lifetime. Together with vocalist Emmy Bean and instrumentalists from the 5th Wave Collective, Kuller is producing a program of Connie’s songs for performance in 2023. This first works-in-progress showcase will preview some of Kuller's new arrangements of Connie’s piano songs, which will be set for a small chamber ensemble of strings, winds, and harp.
Sara Coral, who will play an opening set, is a Chicago-based singer and banjo player. Her songs are inspired by her background in choral singing and her love of traditional American string band music, with a focus on creating connection with listeners and exploring themes of resilience and self-compassion within the folk genre. Sara plays with the bands Glass Mountain and Mulefoot, and is a regular collaborator with Chicago songwriters Jess McIntosh (Joybird) and Emily Nott. Her debut solo album, At Night, was released in 2021.