By A. Diallo Jackson It wasn’t long ago that a graduate from a top-flight music school might count a symphony position as a fall-back career should his solo aspirations crash and burn. Today, not only may the first chair be gone but the symphony as well. With these kind of roadblocks, barriers and dead-ends, a

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Our Favorite Music of 2014 Six Reader writers go deep with specialized year-end lists that do more than just put the same records in a different order. By Luca Cimarusti @LucaCimarusti, Leor Galil @imLeor, Sasha Geffen, Peter Margasak@pmarg, Bill Meyer and Philip Montoro @pmontoro DJ Rashad WILLS GLASSPIEGEL The best things about Chicago music |

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Concert Review: Fifth House Ensemble

’s ‘Favorite Things’ By Mark Nowakowski, Communities Digital News CHICAGO, December 14, 2014 – Hot on the heels of our enthusiastic review of their latest recording, “Excelsior,” we had the pleasure recently of witnessing Fifth House Ensemble (5HE) perform in Chicago’s Constellation club. The (only slightly formal) event ran the gamut

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