Independent Projects, Prokofiev, and Purpose Over Pain: Reflecting on November 20 – December 17, 2019

After the Civic Orchestra Bach Marathon ended on November 18, the fellows pulled off a very quick turnaround and attended a November 20 workshop with Sara Slawnick of 3Arts. Her presentation focused on how grants are awarded – information we would all quickly put to use as we compiled our Independent Project letters of intent…

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Bach Marathon, Caledonia Senior Living, and more Bach Marathon: Reflecting on November 6-19, 2019

These past two weeks have been incredibly impactful for me in myriad ways. First, the Civic Fellows visited the assisted living facility at Caledonia Senior Living to capture and recreate music that the residents enjoyed in the past. We had the utmost privilege of sitting down and listening to their stories, which they were very…

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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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