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Drury & the Springfield Symphony team up for conducting workshop

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 14, 2017 — The Springfield Symphony, Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, and Drury University will host a conducting workshop on February 24-25, 2017 in Clara Thompson Hall on the Drury campus. The workshop will provide aspiring conductors the opportunity to work with a professional chamber ensemble of Springfield Symphony musicians in a nurturing environment.

Led by Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director of the Springfield Symphony and Topeka (Kansas) Symphony; and Christopher Koch, music director of the Springfield Regional Opera and Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, the workshop will offer each participant podium time as well as a preparatory session with the workshop clinicians.

Information is available via www.springfieldmosymphony.org under the Events tab, or via the SDCO section of Drury.edu.

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Contact: Dr. Christopher Koch, Associate Professor of Music: (417) 873-7298 or ckoch@drury.edu.

Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra kicks off 10th season Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 9, 2014 —The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra kicks off its 10th season with a concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

The season includes three performances and will feature internationally renowned pianist Anthony Padilla performing the beloved Grieg Piano Concerto, Drury’s own Stephen Bomgardner in the beautiful and rarely performed “On Wenlock Edge,” and a side-by-side performance with the Springfield Youth Symphony of the conclusion of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

“The SDCO has presented dozens of concerts for more than 18,000 patrons over the last decade and we are thrilled enter a new season this weekend,” says Dr. Christopher Koch, SDCO music director and conductor. “By bringing students from Drury and other schools together with musicians from throughout the community, the SDCO uses the arts to further Drury’s mission of community engagement.”

Tickets for Friday’s concert are available at the Hammons Hall box office by calling (417) 836-7678 or online at: hammonshall.com/ticketservices.htm. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students with ID, kids ages 11 and under free.

About the Orchestra

The SDCO is southwest Missouri’s regional community orchestra. Founded in 2005, the 90-plus-member ensemble comprises a combination of Drury students, students from other southwest Missouri regional universities, professional performers and educators, and dedicated community members. The SDCO presents multiple performances of orchestral masterworks each year. SDCO is also in the third year of its Charles R. Hall Young Artist Competition, in which gifted high school musicians from southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas compete for the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

For more information, visitsdco.drury.eduor find SDCO on Facebookand on YouTube.

SDCO 2014-15 Season Schedule

Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts

  • Strauss – “Death and Transfiguration”
  • Grieg – Piano Concerto with Anthony Padilla, piano
  • Mozart – “Ah chi mi dice mai” from “Don Giovanni” with Sammi Sherron, soprano

Sunday, Nov. 2, 6 p.m. at Drury’s Clara Thompson Hall

  • Vaughn Williams – “On Wenlock Edge” with Stephen Bomgardner, tenor
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 39

Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m. at Hammons Hall

  • Charles R. Hall Young Artist Award winner
  • Stravinsky – Symphony No. 1
  • Mussorgsky – “Pictures at an Exhibition” Finale with the Springfield Youth Symphony

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Season’s final Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra concert features Mahler

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 29, 2014 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) will present its final concert of the year at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. The concert is free, although donations help insure the orchestra’s continued operations.

Finishing its season of “First Symphonies,” the orchestra will perform the mighty Symphony No. 1 (once subtitled “Titan”) by Gustav Mahler – marking the first time the SDCO has performed a work by this composer. The concert will also feature Charles R. Hall Young Artist winner pianist Mei Mei Chao, who will perform the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint-Saens.

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is southwest Missouri’s regional community orchestra. Founded in 2005, the 90-plus-member ensemble comprises a combination of Drury students, students from most of Southwest Missouri’s regional universities, professional performers and educators, and dedicated community members. Now in its 9th season, the SDCO presents a yearly four-concert season of orchestral masterworks — all free and open to public.

For more information, visit sdco.drury.edu or find the SDCO on Facebook.

Media contact: Dr. Christopher Koch, SDCO Music Director & Conductor, at (417) 873-7298 or ckoch@drury.edu.

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Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra places 3rd in national American Prize competition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 5, 2012 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra was recently awarded 3rd place in its division in the national American Prize competition, placing behind orchestras from New York and Los Angeles.

Founded in 2009, the American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, national competitions designed to recognize and reward the verybest in the performing arts in the United States. Contenders from a variety of schools and churches and at the community and professional level compete for this annual award.

SDCO performs in Hammons Hall in 2008

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra (SDCO) is southwest Missouri’s regional community orchestra. Founded in 2005, the 90-plus-member ensemble comprises a combination of Drury students, students from most of Southwest Missouri’s regional universities, professional performers and educators, and dedicated community members. Now in its 8th season, the SDCO presents a yearly four-concert season of orchestral masterworks—all free and open to public. Since its founding, 8,000 music lovers have enjoyed the orchestra’s free concert series events.

SDCO is committed to its engagement with the region’s school and elder communities and this year has begun two new initiatives focused on youth: Symphony in the Schools and the new SDCO Young Artist Competition.

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Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra performs “New World” as part of Drury Theme Year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 — The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra will perform “New World” on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra merges 90 students, professional musicians and enthusiasts.  “New World” is a featured performance for Drury University’s Voices Unbound theme year. The musical performance includes selections from Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Ernest Bloch’s Suite Modale, and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

For details about other speakers and performances for Voices Unbound: New Media and the Future of Democracy visit www.drury.edu/voicesunbound or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Jonathan Groves at (417) 873-7347.

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