Members of The City Lights Orchestra together with musical director Rich Daniels and associate musical director Dean Rolando, strive to give back to the community whenever possible. That's why we created the City Lights Foundation. The foundation's purpose is to create, present and fund live and recorded musical concerts and programs for an audience that will benefit from the emotional and intellectual experience that music can provide. The foundation will also foster outreach programs that educate and entertain audiences, especially in underserved communities. Music should inspire the listener to experience the world in a way that is otherwise not available to them. The foundation's goal is to bring and share the inherent joy that can be found in music to those individuals who seek to find awareness and happiness while benefiting from the inspiration that live music can bring to their lives.
The City Lights Foundation is an Illinois 501c(3) non-for-profit corporation. All donations are fully tax deducible up to the extent of the law.
Voices of Freedom is the orchestra’s initial recording for the City Lights Foundation. The album verbalizes the words of several great Americans whose statements and reflections have helped to shape and perpetuate our democracy into the 21st Century. The album aims to breathe new life into some amazing thoughts and ideas.
|Track Name||Audio Sample|
|Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness
Narration by Jim Williams
Composed by Scott R. Jurek
Text by Rich Daniels
Narration by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Composed by Rich Daniels
Orchestrated by Mike Pinto
|A Truman Soliloquy
Narration by Clifton Truman Daniel
Composed by Thomas Matta
|Letter from a Birmingham Jail Cell
Narration by Art Hoyle
Composed by Bradley Williams
Narration by Jorge Ramirez
Composed by Christopher Lay
|Ode to Joy
Composed by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Arranged by Scott R. Jurek
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