OFO to offer Soloists Showcase

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 32nd season with its "Soloists Showcase" concert on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in Monett City Hall Auditorium.

Music Director Ken Meisinger has scheduled two double concertos for the concert, showcasing four soloists.

From the pen of Georg Philipp Telemann, the most prolific of all composers, comes the Concerto for Two Violas and Orchestra. Soloists will be Elizabeth Meisinger, the OFO concert master, and Celka Ojakangas, a former student of Meisinger's.

Elizabeth Meisinger is a graduate of San Francisco State University and Missouri Southern State University. She teaches private violin and viola lessons to approximately 35 students a week of violin and viola. Ojakangas is a graduate of Springfield Central High School, a student at Drury University and currently studies viola with Darrell Barnes.

From Karl Stamitz, a contemporary of Mozart, comes the Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra. Soloists will be the OFO clarinet section, Y. Anjanette Nowell and Janis Neher.

Nowell, who holds music degrees from Missouri State University, is coordinator of the Center for Arts in the Schools at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Neher is a music educator in the East Newton School District. She has degrees from Stephen S. Austin University and Missouri State University.

The concert also includes the "Suite #1 for Small Orchestra" by English composer Gordon Jacob and the Overture in D Major by Franz Schubert in an arrangement by Thor Johnson.

The concert will be the third of five in the OFO's season. Admission will be $5 for adults. High school students and younger will be admitted free of charge. The Monett City Hall Auditorium is located at Fifth and Bond streets, one block north of Monett's downtown.

The OFO is a classical music orchestra composed of players from the four-state area. Support for the OFO is provided by memberships, donations, program book advertisers and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation.

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