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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Welcome to a season of reflection and resolve

The train was quiet when I headed into the loop.  Many people were told to stay home from work in anticipation of the Van Dyke verdict.  As I waited on the platform, I saw two Chicago Police officers leaning together, ears tilted toward a phone, listening for live updates from the trial. I’m starting my…

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