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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Composer Returns to Chicago With Ambitious Joan of Arc Work

Composer Returns to Chicago With Ambitious Joan of Arc Work

WDCB's Gary Zidek catches up with composer Amy Beth Kirsten. The Chicago-area native's new project, SAVIOR, will be presented as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series.

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"I like things that don't have hard lines about them, so that's what I'm trying to make. It can be music, it can be theater, it be anything, really." - Amy Beth Kirsten

 
 Painting of Joan of Arc

Painting of Joan of Arc

Images of staging drafts for SAVIOR.

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Kirsten composed, wrote and will direct the world premiere of SAVIOR on April 2.

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SAVIOR was composed/written to include flute, cello, percussion, and voice. Each of the sounds from the ensemble represents a character in the story

 Painting of the Stag character that will be portrayed flutist Tim Munro

Painting of the Stag character that will be portrayed flutist Tim Munro

 Kirsten holding the specially designed stag mask that flutist Tim Munro will wear on stage

Kirsten holding the specially designed stag mask that flutist Tim Munro will wear on stage

Kirsten says it means a lot to premiere SAVIOR in the city where she discovered her musical voice.

 Amy Beth Kirsten 

Amy Beth Kirsten 

SAVIOR will be presented on Monday, April 2 at the Harris Theater as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series.

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