Drury symphony and jazz groups to perform in Chicago this week

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 1, 2015 — Three Drury music groups are headed to the Windy City this week for public performances.

The Drury Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Combo I will embark on an outreach tour to Chicago to perform at venues that include the University of Chicago, the John Hancock Building and the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church. As part of the Drury Connect initiative, the tour will help promote wider awareness of the university while connecting with alumni and prospective students in the area.

The Drury ensembles will also perform a joint concert with the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP), an organization dedicated to positive social change in young students with limited access to the arts.

“I’m delighted our wind symphony and jazz ensemble students will have this opportunity,” says Dr. Christopher Koch, director of orchestras and wind symphony at Drury. “With much of the group returning after last spring’s strong performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, I wanted to give the students another opportunity to perform on a wider stage – and being able to connect with and help promote the ChiMOP will be something I know they will never forget.”

“Our jazz students will share the stage with the Wind Symphony and also hold some of their own performances,” says Dr. Tina Claussen, director of jazz studies at Drury. “The majority of the program is ‘new,’ featuring cutting edge works and arrangements of lesser-known jazz standards as well as original compositions written by myself and our students.”

The Wind Symphony will also play recently composed music and will host at least one of the composers, Nebojsa Macura, at their events. The group will perform Macura’s work, “Chochek Rhapsody,” while in Chicago.

“This tour demonstrates and celebrates the strong support for a robust arts program here at Drury,” says Dr. Allin Sorenson, chair of rine and performing arts. “The arts help to bring any community together, and in a complex world we need them more than ever.”