The Cassville High School fine arts program will combine its annual winter concert and art show with a special appearance by nationally renowned conductor Dr. John Knight, who served as director of music at CHS from 1969 to 1977. The event will be held this Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Visual art will be on display in the lobby, and patrons are invited to arrive early so they can view the artwork and visit with the young artists who will be present at the art show. Leslie Ermey, instructor of visual arts, will be on hand to direct visitors through the maze of artists and artwork.
Dr. Knight, who currently serves as professor of music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, returns to Cassville to conduct the Wildcat wind and percussion ensemble. The young musicians will be performing such works as The Klaxon Concert March, Variations on a Russian Theme, Nimrod and Rondo Festivo.
On the day of the concert, Dr. Knight will be working and rehearsing with the students for two hours before he conducts them that evening.
"Dr. Knight has agreed to return to share his expertise in our area where he began to teach as a young music director in the 1960s and 1970s," said Steven Lyons, CHS director of instrumental music education. "We hope that as many alumni as possible watch this masterful musician at work in our school."
Dr. Knight's former students from Cassville have also been invited to attend an informal dinner and reception at The Rib, which is being held tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 21) at The Rib beginning at 6 p.m.
"We expect lots of lively conversations about their past times together," said Lyons. "Dr. Knight is very highly respected in the music world, but he is a legend in the Cassville School District."
The concert and art show are free and open to the general public.