The Ozark Festival Orchestra, based in Monett, will open its 2008-09 concert season with a performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Monett City Hall Auditorium.
Music director Ken Meisinger has selected a program of Themes and Variations, based on composers taking a basic tune and writing variations of their own on somebody else's musical kernel.
Selections will include Robert Longfield's arrangement of John Barnes Chance's Variations on a Korean Folk Song, Morton Gould's American Salute based on When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and Johannes Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Haydn.
Admission is $5. Children high school age and under are admitted free of charge. The Monett City Hall is located at Fifth and Bond streets, one block north of UMB Bank on Broadway in downtown Monett.
Musicians playing in the orchestra are from all over southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. Currently, the orchestra is looking for trombones, trumpet, bassoon, and oboe players. For more information, contact Meisinger at 417-626-8194.