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Music & Comedy, Theatre & Performing Arts

Her Only Light: Songs of Connie Converse

Her Only Light is a new staged performance of the music of Connie Converse, one of the great lost musical voices of the 20th century. Her life story and her disappearance from human society are the backdrop against which the audience is invited to explore her music, including her lesser-known art songs and excerpts from her mysterious and breathtaking Cassandra Cycle. Chicago composer Ronnie Kuller has lovingly re-worked Converse’s music into new arrangements for a chamber ensemble of strings, woodwinds, and harp, with the vocal part performed by singer and interdisciplinary artist Emmy Bean. This will be the first public performance of this still-evolving project. For more information, visit

Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. General admission $20. Livestream also available for $5 (or any donation above). Click her to purchase tickets.

Emmy Bean, voice
With members of 5th Wave Collective:
Michael Tran, clarinets
Gordon Daole-Wellman, clarinet
Diana Ortiz, violin
Nina Karakos, viola
Allie Chambers, cello
Eleanor Kirk, harp

Ronnie Kuller is a composer, arranger, pianist and accordionist who has performed with the Lyric Opera, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Chicago Philharmonic, and whose compositions have been played by Gaudete Brass, the Bach and Beethoven Experience, and many more.

Emmy Bean is a singer and interdisciplinary artist whose work has been seen at the Pivot Arts Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Oak Park Handel Festival, and many more. She also plays and sings in the trio 80 Foots.


5th Wave Collective is a Chicago-based classical music ensemble dedicated to performing and promoting music by womxn and gender-nonconforming composers. Demonstrating their commitment to composers throughout classical music’s history, the Collective performs repertoire by composers such as Teresa Carreño, Clara Schumann, Florence Price, Augusta Read Thomas, and Aftab Darvishi. With a roster of over 110 musicians, 5th Wave curates concerts with configurations ranging from solo instruments to symphony orchestra, and performs in venues across Chicago, including recital halls, art galleries, community centers and restaurants. More info at

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.


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