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5th Wave Collective's "Salute to Chicago" - All Female Composers with Ties to Chicago


5th Wave Collective's "Salute to Chicago"
Saturday, March 23rd, 3-5PM

Free! Donations welcome.

5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to the performance and promotion of music by female composers. Bringing together a diverse group of musicians, we advance our mission by including performers of all genders who support our cause. We seek to celebrate the legacy of female composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.

For “Salute to Chicago,” 5th wave will perform the following pieces, all created by female composers with ties to Chicago:

Margaret Bonds Troubled Waters for Solo Piano, arr. Ertz
Clarice Assad Synchronous for oboe and string quartet 
Kyong Mee Choi Slight Uncertainty is Very Attractive for Flute and Electronics
Marta Ptaszynska Six Bagatelles for Solo Harp
Augusta Read Thomas Avian Escapades for Wind Quintet
Florence Price 5 Folk Songs in Counterpoint for String Quartet

Composer and host Angel Bat Dawid will explore the deep connections each of these composers holds to Chicago.

This concert is generously supported by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

For more information, contact Matthew Searle, Assistant Director, at matthew (at) or 773.241.6044.

What does 5th wave mean? (from the 5th Wave Collective website)

Historians have said that feminism has progressed in waves dating back to the Women’s Suffrage Movement at the start of the 20th century. The push for equal voting rights is considered the first wave of feminism from 1848-1920. The second wave (1963-1980) focused on reducing inequalities in the workplace, normalizing sexuality, and expanding reproductive rights. From 1991 to the mid-21st century, the third wave focused on embracing individual diversity and acknowledging the intersectional nature of the movement. With recent political advances, and a global understanding of feminism, the fourth wave is underway. We seek to build upon this rich tradition, continuing to support and celebrate female artists and composers of all walks of life.

To learn more about the complicated nature of classifying the movement into waves, read here.

The women we perform each have their own story of oppression, passion and survival; we want to give them a voice. They have been systematically silenced for decades, and it is our mission to bring their stories to the fore.

The 5th Wave collective seeks to celebrate the legacy of female composers before us, and create a platform for those to come.