A Fellows’ Reflection: November 15 – December 13

One place I didn’t expect to find myself on a Wednesday afternoon: a corner coffee shop in Pilsen (Café Jumping Bean), sitting on a lap, squeezed between patrons and grinning employees as cellist Yo-Yo Ma took requests from the solo suites of J.S. Bach from his seat near the front window. (For all the string…

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Don’t Touch the Horsehair: An afternoon observing Davis King

It’s Halloween. I am sitting in an elementary school on the southwest side of Chicago, observing an interaction between a student and a violin teacher.  Sebastian, a third grader, is dressed as a vampire. The teacher, Davis King, asks him if it would be easier to play without the plastic vampire teeth in his mouth. …

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