Chicago Youth in Music Festival and Mocrep: Reflecting on February 13-26, 2019

The second half of February was filled with opportunities for the Civic Fellow to learn and teach. We were excited to attend the first workshop of the Civic Orchestra’s collaboration with Mocrep, a Chicago-based performing art ensemble founded by Civic alumni. At the workshop, Mocrep performers guided us through exercises in which we devised original…

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Cold, Cold, Connect: Reflecting on January 30 – February 12, 2019

Musicians talk a great deal about how important it is to “warm up,” and this was given new meaning during the fourth Civic concert cycle of this season. As if playing nine new works, each from a different composer currently studying at the University of Chicago, wasn’t enough of a challenge, we had to do…

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CSO-Connect and the Polar Vortex: Reflecting on January 16-29

Following a fantastic Civic Orchestra concert with Bramwell Tovey conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, the Civic Fellows went straight back to work with a 10 AM rehearsal the next day.   Why were we so eager to get back to it? Because the start to one of our largest projects of the season loomed large, CSO-Connect! CSO-Connect…

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