A Civic Introduction: Najette Abouelhadi & Nico Chona

Civic Orchestra of Chicago cellist Najette Abouelhadi and clarinetist Nico Chona are, like me, second-year members in the ensemble. Before our reading session with David Afkham on October 27th, I met them at a coffee shop near Symphony Center. Here are some excerpts from that conversation: Philip Bergman: Thank y’all for doing this. You are…

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Getting to know the 2019/20 Civic Fellows

This season we welcomed new members into the Civic Orchestra of Chicago Fellowship as well as a new manager of the program, Nicolas Gonzalez. While we often get asked about our musical lives, I wanted to ask each fellow (and Nic!) some questions about their lives outside of the practice room. Enjoy! Alexandria Hoffman, Flute…

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Meet the 2019/20 Civic Fellows!

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago is proud to announce the 2019/20 class of Civic Fellows. Throughout the season, in addition to playing alongside their colleagues in the Civic Orchestra, the fellows will perform chamber music in schools and communities across the city, design and implement their own community engagement projects, serve as leaders for creative…

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