Constellation is Chicago’s premiere tenor/bass vocal ensemble dedicated to creating distinct performances in unique spaces, empowering the next generation of singers through educational engagement, and expanding the repertoire for men’s vocal music by commissioning new works from both emerging and established composers.
Since 2019, Constellation has begun partnering with other local nonprofits to raise awareness and funding for impactful organizations to the Chicagoland community through the Community Uplift program. Organizations include Center On Halsted, Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Chicago, Fostering Dignity, and Alzheimer’s Association of Illinois.
Their upcoming concert Luceat Eis will be an hour-long musical meditation inviting audience members into community while exploring grief through a multitude of lenses. Creating a safe space for people to bring their whole selves with them, listening to the sounds both warm and wailing, and experiencing what collective grief looks like as music.
Constellation is excited to be in two new-to-us venues for this series, the Labyrinth at Buchanan Chapel and the Catacombs at the Epiphany Arts Center. Providing beautiful backdrops for the soundscape of the voices in Constellation, audience members will have a choice between a sacred and secular venue.
The texts of the program are wide ranging, including a moving premiere with poetry by Jasper Lauter entitled Dead Name. Lauter is a poet, trans activist, and drag performer living in the Bay Area. Languages included on the program include English, Latin, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole. CME is a queer-led non-profit 501(c)3 organization in Chicago. www.constellationensemble.org