CSO-Connect and the Polar Vortex: Reflecting on January 16-29

Following a fantastic Civic Orchestra concert with Bramwell Tovey conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, the Civic Fellows went straight back to work with a 10 AM rehearsal the next day.   Why were we so eager to get back to it? Because the start to one of our largest projects of the season loomed large, CSO-Connect! CSO-Connect…

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THE TORTURED LABEL OF THE TORTURED ARTIST

In January 1980, Northwestern University’s black student organization protested the final performance of Julius Eastman’s residency. Many aspects of the 40-year-old composer’s budding career–which included a degree from the Curtis Institute, a position as Creative Associate at SUNY Buffalo, and prior work with Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Morton Feldman–were distilled in this performance. The openly gay,…

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Tovey, Financial Planning, and Project Pitches: Reflecting on January 1-15, 2019

2019 started and we’re not wasting any time. The Civic Fellows met on January 8 to regroup after the holidays. Our break was spent memorizing music for our CSO-Connect presentation. We are learning selections of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Florence Price’s First Symphony, and Berlioz’s Hungarian March. The presentation will be…

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