Nonprofit Partner Riverside Orchestra Brings Classical Music to NYC’s Upper West Side; Plus a Spotlight on The Dragonfly Foundation, StreetWise, and Intonation Music!

Three people wearing The Riverside Orchestra apparel

Founded in 1971, The Riverside Orchestra is a community symphony orchestra based in New York City's Upper West Side. They are proud to have served as the training grounds for so many emerging conductors and musicians, and they collaborate with amazing soloists, often members of the New York Philharmonic and other great orchestras. Although mainly a community orchestra with volunteer players, some of the members are professional musicians. Most players have – or are retired from – other careers, but they enjoy playing the symphonic repertoire with fellow enthusiastic instrumentalists.


Man wearing StreetWise and The Dragonfly Foundation apparel

Shout out to Curtis Gilbert, co-owner of p3 mediaworks in Chicago, wearing a StreetWise t-shirt and a Dragonfly Foundation hoodie! p3 is an amazing partner and produced all our CLOZTALK videos, like this one titled "Rock Your Top"!

The Dragonfly Foundation provides emotional and practical support to pediatric cancer patients and their families during and after cancer treatment. 

StreetWise is one of the largest “street papers” in the United States, and it provides Chicagoans facing homelessness with supportive services, workforce development resources, and immediate access to gainful employment by becoming a StreetWise vendor.


Executive Director of Intonation Music wearing CLOZTALK t-shirt 

Congrats to Tonya Howell for celebrating her first anniversary as Executive Director at Intonation Music! She says she wears her CLOZTALK gear every day to help spread awareness!

Intonation Music youth explore their limitless potential by learning to play instruments and form their own rock bands. Offered in partnership with schools, park districts, and community organizations, Intonation's year-round classes make music accessible to young people by providing them with instruments, instruction, mentorship, and the chance to perform on stages across the city. 

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