A Civic Introduction: Najette Abouelhadi & Nico Chona

Civic Orchestra of Chicago cellist Najette Abouelhadi and clarinetist Nico Chona are, like me, second-year members in the ensemble. Before our reading session with David Afkham on October 27th, I met them at a coffee shop near Symphony Center. Here are some excerpts from that conversation: Philip Bergman: Thank y’all for doing this. You are…

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Getting to know the 2019/20 Civic Fellows

This season we welcomed new members into the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Fellowship as well as a new manager of the program, Nicolas Gonzalez. While we often get asked about our musical lives, I wanted to ask each fellow (and Nic!) some questions about their lives outside of the practice room. Enjoy! Alexandria Hoffman, Flute…

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First Notes and New Perspectives: Reflecting on October 12-22, 2019

As pictures of apple picking and pumpkin carving clogged the internet, signifying that October was in full swing, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago welcomed its newly appointed principal conductor, Ken-David Masur, to the podium. Under the direction of Masur, the Orchestra performed two stellar concerts that featured works by Britten, Grime, and Mendelssohn. The first…

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