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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 Ensem­ble-in-Res­i­­dence at […]

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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 only have one chance […]

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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 felt emo­tion­al­ly strong […]

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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 uncom­mon par­tic­u­lar­ly […]

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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 week, we […]

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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. Clar­inetist J. […]

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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.

Here are […]

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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 look […]

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