The Distant Flight of Birds and Other Works

The Distant Flight of Birds and Other Works

Distant Flight of Birds,' an original piece of song and imagery, created by Sarah Bendix, Lara Golan and Susan Payne O'Brien. Performed by Brittany Loewen, Leah Hungerford, Amanda Neal, Alex Salas, Alexandra Plattos Sulack, Angela Torres-Kutkuhn and Erica Maureen Wilens.

Brittany Loewen

BRITTANY LOEWEN is a lyric soprano. She recently received critical acclaim for her performance as Branghien in Frank Martin’s "Le Vin Herbé" at Chicago Opera Theater. As a young artist with COT, she was First Witch in Ernest Bloch’s "Macbeth" and ensemble in Verdi’s "Giovanna D’Arco." At the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA), she was featured as Helene in Paul Hindemith’s "Hin und Zurück," Madama Cortese in Rossini’s "Il Viaggio a Reims," Jenny in Ned Rorem’s "Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters," and the title role in Puccini’s "Suor Angelica." She won the 2014 CCPA Solo Competition, and performed the tone-poem "Luonnotar" by Jean Sibelius with the CCPA Symphony Orchestra at the Harris Theater. Brittany is a founding member of Forte Chicago. She holds a master's degree and a professional diploma in Operatic Performance from Roosevelt University, and a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University Bloomington.

Amanda Neal

Alexandra Salas

Angela Torres-Kutkuhn

Abby Geni

Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction and the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Awards for Best Fiction, and The Last Animal (2013), an Indies Introduce Debut Writers Selection and a finalist for the Orion Book Award. Her short stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest and have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship.



The Distant Flight of Birds and Other Works will feature four performances by artists working in classical music, writing, story-telling and puppetry.

Black Cat Theatre Company presents the visceral beauty of Manuel de Falla's "Siete Canciones Populares Espanoles". Susan Payne O’Brien will be singing this work, directed and designed by Mikalina Rabinsky and featuring Nyela Basney on piano. Nelia Miller presents a re-telling of Ahab and Jonah's stories and a telling of what happens after. "Cetology" examines the destructive and nurturing sides of both ourselves and our relationships. Award-winning author Abby Geni reads from her first book, "The Last Animal". "Landscaping" is a story about parenthood, love, autism, and the moon. "Distant Flight of Birds" is a work-in-progress showing featuring artists from Forte Chicago. This piece omes out of a 6-week exploration of Grimm's fairy tale of "The Seven Ravens."

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