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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Chamber Concerts, CSO-Connect, and Season Planning: Reflecting on September – October 11, 2019

And we’re off! The 101st Civic Orchestra season is running at full steam, and the fellows already performed their first chamber concert of the season on October 11. The program included the third woodwind quintet by American composer David Maslanka, Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn’s string quartet, and Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů ’s second piano quintet. The fellows…

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