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Column: The Black String Triage Ensemble, which brings music to scenes of violence, is recruiting Chicago players

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The ensemble of Black and Latinx string players brings their instruments to the scenes of tragedy — shootings, usually. But also suicides, overdoses, car accidents. They play concerts around the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. They play a song for each stage, plus a sixth song for what Hallmon calls a sixth stage of grief: faith. They set up away from the crime tape, out of the way of the police, but close enough for the neighbors to hear them.

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