CSO-Connect Finale and Civic Concert: Reflecting on May 8-21, 2019

After the CSO strike ended, the music and liveliness finally came back to Orchestra Hall. And after seven enduring weeks, our Civic Orchestra finally set foot back in Symphony Center. Just as important, we were able to get back to Chicago’s neighborhoods and communities to share our love for, and the power of, music. The…

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Back to Business: Reflecting on April 24 – May 7, 2019

While I was walking to an offsite event at the Woman’s Athletic Club – the historic, French-style classical building located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – I received a message that the CSO had reached a contract agreement and would be back in Symphony Center in a matter of days. The very kind, generous, and wonderful…

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Developing Relationships with Future Leaders: Reflecting on Fellows’ Activities from February 27 to March 12, 2019.

Early March was a whirlwind of activity for the Civic Fellows. Sara Lee and Rex Horan, who helped guide us through our Purpose Over Pain project last December, joined us once again to work with members of the youth leadership group known as B.R.A.V.E. as well as young men from Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYCC). Half…

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