If home is where the heart is, what becomes of a heart without a home?
Constellation’s fourth annual NOVA new music series will premiere works giving voice to stories of shelter, displacement, and reunion within and without the four walls of a house.
This program will feature the world premiere of Sean Ellis Hussey’s vocal oratorio “VOICES, a qualitative ethnography of foster care” commissioned by CME about our nation’s foster care system. Additional world premieres by Alex Berko, Rachel DeVore Fogarty, Daniel E. Gawthrop, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, and Andrey Stolyarov .
NOVA IV will feature leaders from three Chicago non-profits whose work deals directly with the foster care system in an effort to both educate and engage audiences beyond the music on the page. CASA Cook County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and Fostering Dignity will all be receiving a portion of proceeds from donations to this event.
This project is partially supported by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.