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Ensemble to have a Czech theme for the year and collaborate with group from the Czech Republic

Civitas is pleased to announce its program line-up for its 2016-2017 season! This year, the ensemble will explore music from the Czech Republic during its self-presented concerts, perform new works in a variety of venues, and continue as […]

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Written by Lauren Carrane

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, we are feeling especially patriotic. When we talk about music that is quintessentially American, some of us might think about rock or jazz before classical music. Even though the European masters dominate much of classical music, there are many American composers who […]

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Live from WFMT

On June 1, 2016 By

Written by Lauren Carrane

On May 23, we had the privilege of playing a live performance on Chicago’s classical radio station as part of its weekly series, Live From WFMT.

Even though we’ve performed on WFMT before, it is still exciting and a bit stressful each time because it’s live — we know we […]

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In December 2008, violinist Yuan-Qing Yu’s 5-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia. What followed were months of helping her child deal with the intense treatments, and endless trips back and forth to Lurie Children’s Hospital, then Children’s Memorial Hospital.

“During the three years of treatment, I went through a very dark period. When I finally […]

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Written by J. Lawrie Bloom

We  open our next Civitas concert with the wonderful Op. 11 Trio, referred to as the “Gassenhauer”, of Ludwig van Beethoven.  Haydn had established the string quartet, and the piano trio as accepted ensemble instrumentations.  The idea of using a single wind with strings was not […]

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Written by Lauren Carrane

Over the last few months, we’ve made an effort to do a profile of each of the members of Civitas, to give you a little window into the people behind our music.

We started the inter­views with pianist Win­ston Choi, clar­inetist J. Lawrie Bloom, and vio­lin­ist Yuan-Qing Yu. This […]

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Why We Love Teaching

On March 28, 2016 By

Written by Lauren Carrane


Education is an important part of Civitas’ mission. That’s why, besides coaching chamber music groups, members of the Civitas ensemble also teach lessons to students from high school to graduate school.

Winston Choi is the Head of Piano at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. […]

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Written by Lauren Carrane

When we hope to create a romantic mood, we bring out the candles, chocolate, and of course, set the scene with a carefully selected romantic music. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it’s the perfect time to share with you some pieces that are close to our hearts.

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Written by Lauren Carrane

Have you ever wanted to know more about the people behind the beautiful music of Civitas?

This week, we are continuing our series of interviews with the members of the Civitas Ensemble to find out how each of them got involved in music and what dri­ves each of them to […]

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Written by Lauren Carrane

It’s 2016! If one of your goals this year is to broaden your classical music horizons and attend more live concerts, Civitas Ensemble has you covered.

We are excited about our spring season that is filled with new works, time-honored favorites, and hidden gems from composers you love.

Here is a […]

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