Dr. Christopher Koch

(Photo courtesy www.angelicanegron.com)

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.

(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.