That’s a Wrap! Recapping the Civic Fellows’ 2018/19 season.

And just like that, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s 2018/19 Season came to a close! Some highlights from last season included CSO-Connect, residencies at Illinois Youth Center Chicago (IYCC) and BRAVE Youth Leaders, team community engagement projects, and last but not least, two Purpose over Pain songwriting projects with the London-based Irene Taylor Trust. Keep…

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The Song of a Warrior: A story about songwriting and family

“Come Sing With Us” by Alka, Rahul, Kato, Louie, and Roslyn (lyrics listed below) Gus was the first to greet me when I walked into the Guptas’ home.  A bouncy little pup with white fur, Gus insisted on being pet before I could meet the rest of the household.  Rahul and his wife, Kato, both…

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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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