music

A tradition continues: Peter and the Wolf at Drury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 14, 2011 — Drury University will present its annual Peter and the Wolf concert on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. The performance at 10:30 a.m. is free and open to the public while the later performance is reserved for Springfield Public School students.

Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has been a tradition at Drury University for nearly four decades. A combination of students from the Department of Music and professional musicians from the Springfield area (including Drury faculty) perform the music for the event. Additionally, a representative from the Dickerson Park Zoo will make a brief presentation about wildlife ecology.

Around 4,000 third-graders from area schools annually come onto the Drury campus to enjoy the magic of music as they see this timeless classic acted out in front of their eyes by students from the Department of Theater.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Christopher Koch at (417) 873-7298.

Contact:
Dr. Christopher Koch
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra & Wind Symphony
Phone: (417) 873-7298
Email: ckoch@drury.edu

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Annual Steve Good concert at Drury honors former academic dean

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 10, 2011 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) will perform The Stephen H. Good Memorial Concert honoring the memory of Dr. Stephen Good, the academic dean at Drury for more than 20 years. The concert will be presented on Thursday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Stone Chapel at the corner of Central Street and Benton Avenue.  The event is free and open to the public.

Statue of Dean Steve Good on the Drury campus

Comprising a combination of students, professional musicians, and dedicated enthusiasts, the 90-member SDCO will present a performance of Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”) and Weber’s Bassoon Concerto featuring soloist Lia Southern. A Slavonic Dance from Dvorak’s less frequently performed Op. 72 collection will complete the program.

Drury University’s 2010-2011 convocation series The Persistence of Memory, Perspectives on the Past examines history and how it relates to our understanding of the present.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details and information, please visit www.drury.edu/memory or contact Theme Year director Bill Garvin at (417) 873-7482.

Contact:
Dr. Christopher Koch
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra & Wind Symphony
Phone: (417) 873-7298
Email:
ckoch@drury.edu

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Drury Wind Symphony in concert Wednesday, December 1

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 30, 2010 — The Drury University Wind Symphony and Saxophone Quartet will present their winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Thompson Hall.

The concert will feature the music of Percy Grainger, Richard Wagner, Frank Ticheli, Aaron Copland and Henry Cowell. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact the Drury Music Office at (417) 873-7296.

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

The Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

A tradition continues with Drury’s Annual Christmas Vespers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 29, 2010 — The annual Drury University Christmas Vespers service will be held on Sunday, December 5, at 4 p.m. in Stone Chapel. The service includes both traditional and contemporary Christmas music, punctuated by the reading of The Christmas Story by Drury faculty members Rosemary Jackson, Stephen Bomgardner, and Drury Chaplain Peter Browning.


Music will be performed by:

    2009 Vespers

  • Drury Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Allin Sorenson
  • Drury Concert Choir, directed by Duane Harris
  • Drury Brass Quintet, directed by Tijuana Julian
  • Stanton Strings
  • Nancy Dygart on the harp
  • Earline Moulder on the organ


Christmas Vespers has become a local favorite. It is suggested that people arrive early because the chapel tends to fill up quickly. Following the performance there will be a reception, sponsored by the Drury Alumni and Development Office and the Drury Music Department, in the chapel lounge.
Admission is free. For additional information contact the Music Department at (417) 873-7291.

Contact:
Dr. Allin Sorenson
Music Department Chair
Office: (417) 873-7291
E-mail: asorenson@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

Marketing and Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of Marketing and Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.

Kick-off concert for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is Nov. 14

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra

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Kick-off concert for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is Nov. 14

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 4, 2010 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) begins its 2010-2011 season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Central High School Auditorium.

Music Director Christopher Koch and the members of the orchestra will present Igor Stravinksy’s landmark ballet Petrushka in its original setting (1911). The orchestra will also perform selections from Manuel de Falla’s evocative Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

Comprising a combination of students, professional musicians, and dedicated enthusiasts, the 90-member SDCO presents a full season of great orchestra masterworks, all free and open to the public.  For additional information, please visit the SDCO on the web at sdco.drury.edu or call the Drury University Department of Music at (417) 873-7296.

Media Contact:
Dr. Christopher Koch
Director of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra
Office: (417) 873-7298
E-mail: ckoch@drury.edu

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Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community. For more information, visit www.drury.edu/strategicplan.

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at http://news.drury.edu. Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.