Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra

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The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, which includes members of the local university music-school faculties, players from the Springfield Symphony and other area orchestras, college music students and "civilians," was founded in 2005.  According to Music Director/Conductor Christopher Koch (who, like his musicians, wears at least a couple of other hats--he also serves as Associate Professor of Music at Drury University and Music Director of Springfield Regional Opera), the SDCO's goal is to provide "something different", to perform repertoire new both to local audiences and to the players

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It's an evening of firsts for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, as they play their first-ever concert in the Gillioz Theatre tonight as 7:30pm, and offer a concert featuring music exclusively by living composers--mostly (but not exclusively) female composers. 

One of the composers whose music will be played at tonight's concert is Puerto Rican-born composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron (pronounced "an-HEL-ih-kah neh-GROHN").  She joined me live in the studio this morning during "Arts News," along with the SDCO's Assistant Conductor Amy Andreassen.

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It’s hard to believe, but Springfield Regional Opera has been in operation for 36 years.  And to open their 37th season, SRO is producing an opera I, frankly, never expected them to attempt, but have always wished they could produce: Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece Otello.  But they’ve found a cast that can sing the work—particularly the problematic title role—and a way to perform it as economically as possible: in a semi-staged concert version, with the orchestra on the stage.  And they’re only doing one performance: Saturday October 7th at 8:00pm in the Juanita K.

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Springfield Regional Opera celebrates 35 years of opera in southwest Missouri with a gala concert Saturday October 3rd at 7:30pm in Drury University Clara Thompson Hall.  They'll collaborate with the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, whose Music Director Christopher Koch is also SRO's new Music Director.  SRO also has a new Artistic Director in place as well.  He's an alum of the opera company who's gone on to an international career as a tenor performing some of the most difficult and treacherous music in the repertoire: the (often) extremely high-lying, and (just as often) highly florid

(Photo courtesy Drury University)

Dr. Christopher Koch (pronounced "Cook," by the way) has just been appointed Music Director of Springfield Regional Opera, and he adds that title--and all the responsibilities thereof--to an already rather full plate.  Dr. Koch is an associate professor of music at Drury University, where he directs the Orchestra and Wind Symphony programs.  He has also been Music Director of the area's regional community orchestra, the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, for more than a decade.

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