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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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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Developing Relationships with Future Leaders: Reflecting on Fellows’ Activities from February 27 to March 12, 2019.

Early March was a whirlwind of activity for the Civic Fellows. Sara Lee and Rex Horan, who helped guide us through our Purpose Over Pain project last December, joined us once again to work with members of the youth leadership group known as B.R.A.V.E. as well as young men from Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYCC). Half…

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