Gillioz Theatre

Megan Burke/ KSMU

There’s a new showstopper in town—but it’s not really new at all.  In fact, it’s a very old chandelier—over seven feet tall and carrying 70 pounds worth of hand cut crystal.  It’s hanging on the second floor of the Gillioz Theatre in downtown Springfield.

  The chandelier is the first thing visitors see when they enter the Gillioz. It’s positioned perfectly between two pillars on the second floor and radiates its newly restored LED lights throughout.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Love... magic... destiny.  Springfield Regional Opera presents a much-loved operatic fairy tale for young and old, Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14 at 7:30pm at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East.   I talked with SRO’s Artistic Director Michael Spyres about the production.  The well-known tenor is not performing in it (he just got back to Springfield from a stint singing the lead role of Vasco de Gama in Frankfurt Opera’s production of Meyerbeer’s “L’Africaine”)—but his wife AND his brother are both in “Magic Flute.”

(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 www.herbalpert.com)

There can be few sounds in pop music over the last fifty years as instantly recognizable as the smooth trumpet and playful, Latin-tinged tunes of Herb Alpert—trumpeter, composer, bandleader, record company co-founder, visual artist, philanthropist... and as I kidded him in a phone conversation we had a few weeks ago, “chief bottle washer.” “Gardener... I also take out the garbage... I’m in charge of a lot of stuff!” adds Alpert with a laugh.

(Poster design courtesy Gillioz Theatre)

Pleasant Hope natives JC Fisher and Carla Wooton are brother and sister.  He claims she was always the musical one in the family, while playing ball was his thing.  But they both now enjoy thriving musical careers:  Wooton is the Assistant Director of the Springfield Youth Symphony, an audition-only orchestra of 65 young musicians sponsored by Springfield Public Schools.  Fisher is founder of the group “The Texas Tenors,” who achieved national fame on NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent and used that as a springboard to an international performing career, including being named the Number Ten Cla

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