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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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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