Chicago is home to millions of people and even more stories. Chicago Stories shares the unique experiences of our neighbors and city through new music written for period (or “early” or “Baroque”) instruments. They are real tales of living, breathing Chicagoans and Chicago communities.
We’re asking for your support to record six of these stories set to music —
Assyrians and the refugee community
The Pilsen neighborhood and Latin jazz scene
Women of color leading Chicago busineses
The Bronzeville neighborhood and Great Migration
People of the Bloomingdale Trail (or “the 606”)
Chicago’s Swedish community
We believe that music at its best builds community. When you support our campaign, you and a community or organization of your choice will receive the digital album. No questions asked.
The BBE’s premiere recordings are now available for you through our online store! Click the link below to get A Gaelic Summer, an album of dance tunes and drinking songs from the 18th and 19th centuries, and An Appalachian Summer, our favorite songs and tunes from the Appalachian Mountains. Available as digital downloads or you can order a physical CD.
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