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Written by Lauren Carrane

Recently, we decided to interview each member of Civitas to learn more about how each of them got involved in music and what drives each of them to succeed on their own instrument.

We started with an interview with pianist Winston Choi, and this week, we’re interviewing clarinetist J. […]

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Written by Lauren Carrane

Each member of Civitas has a unique story about how he or she got involved in music and what drives each of them to succeed on their own instrument.

Over the next few months, we will interview each member of the group so you can get to know them better.

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Written by Lauren Carrane

If you’ve ever been to a Civitas concert, you know that their musical selections can be broad and varied. Civitas always performs concerts that feature a mixture of both old and new pieces.

But how exactly do the Civitas musicians decide what to play? We asked clarinetist J. Lawrie Bloom and […]

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Interview with Roger Zare

On September 23, 2015 By

Written by Lauren Carrane

Mozart began composing at age 5. Beethoven published his first composition at the age of 12. So perhaps it shouldn’t be so surprising that Roger Zare wrote his first classical work at the age of 14.

Zare, who was born in 1985 in Sarasota, FL, will be one of the […]

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We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant for a cultural exchange project with Pavel Šporcl and the Gipsy Way Ensemble! Planning is currently underway and we hope to present a series of events in the Chicago area in early 2017. We look forward to sharing more details with you […]

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Written by Gretchen Pille

Earlier this month, Civitas member Yuan-Qing Yu coached four different chamber ensembles at Northside College Prep High School. In her coachings, she helped each group get a better feel for the style of chamber music.

“The students were very attentive, willing to learn the art of […]

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We’re very excited to share with you our plans for our upcoming fourth season. You can view our full performance calendar here.

Season Highlights:

October 5: “Celebrations!”

We open our series with the theme of “Celebrations.”  Honoring the 50th birthday of our dear friend Augusta Read Thomas, we feature her wonderful trio, Dancing Helix Rituals.  To […]

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For our fall season opener we are turning convention upside down. For decades, maybe centuries, it has been common to do a little piece to open, a “new” piece, then after intermission a major work that takes up the whole second half.

We decided to have some fun on the second half and shake it […]

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On May 10th we will perform at the Merit School of Music’s Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall.  I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little about the program.

We will open the concert with the festive John Mackey Breakdown Tango.  This short, exciting piece was written in 2000 for the Parsons Dance […]

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We’re thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Yao Chen, a young Chinese-born composer now living and working near Chicago. Chen has won a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation of Harvard University to compose a new work for Civitas and pipa player Yang Wei. This is a serious, prestigious award that Chen […]

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