Musical Director

The City Lights Orchestra

Rich Daniels has been creating and conducting memorable musical concerts and events since 1974, when he began his professional journey as a high school freshman on the great south side of Chicago. Through the vehicle of The City Lights Orchestra, he has participated in thousands of programs nationwide for associations, corporations, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rich and his colleagues have performed with some of the greatest musical artists of the past half-century—Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Garth Brooks, Rosemary Clooney, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Michael Buble, and David Foster have all relied upon Rich Daniels and his orchestra. Rich is also traveling the country as conductor for the “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration” with legendary guitarist / vocalist Warren Haynes.

In recent years Daniels has been busy in the studio composing and producing recordings for a wide range of projects. Daniels was recently tapped to be the musical supervisor for three different television series, and to compose music for the pilot of the Emmy-award winning show “Boss”, starring Kelsey Grammer and filmed in Chicago. These duties have also included being the on-camera music supervisor for the hit show “Empire” on FOX, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

Rich is most proud of the various charitable organizations his career has allowed him to serve and promote, especially The Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in Chicago (former board chairman), the DePaul University School of Music (current board chairman) and the Archdiocese Office of Immigrant Affairs (treasurer). Rich was appointed by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn to the board of the Illinois Arts Council in 2013 to serve a four-year term. He is also a board member at the Chicago Federation of Musicians and a delegate to the Chicago Federation of Labor.

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