OFO to offer showcase concert
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 33rd season with the Soloist Showcase concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Monett City Hall Auditorium.
Under the baton of music director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra play works showcasing both soloists and and wide range of orchestral color and nationalistic styles, including two concertos with two soloists.
Mozart's Horn Concerto #1 will be played with soloist Michael Robbins. Robbins joined the Ozarks Festival Orchestra in 2010 and is also the new fourth horn player in the Missouri Southern State University Orchestra. Previously Robbins was the principal horn player and four-year member of the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra. He is a past performer with the Springfield Symphony and is in his fourth year teaching muisc at the Wheaton School District.
The concert will also feature marimba music showcasing soloist Josh Zimmer. Zimmer frequently plays percussion with the OFO and was soloist on a marimba concerto in the OFO's 2007-08 season. He is assistant director of percussion at Webb City High School and front ensemble coordinator. He is an active performer in both the United States and Europe and is most noted for his performances with Gateway Indoor Percussion, the Winter Guard International seven-time independent world finalist, and in the Missouri Percussive Art Society's State Percussion Ensemble under world renowned percussionist Bob Becker.
Other music in the concert will be the "English Folk Songs Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, arranged by Gordon Jacob; "Prairiesong" by American composer Carl Strommen and "Folk Tune and Fiddle Dance Suite" for strings by British composer Percy Fletcher.
Admission is $5. Children high school age and under will be admitted free of charge.
The Monett City Hall Auditorium is located at Fifth and Bond streets in Monett, one block north of UMB Bank on Broadway.
The Ozark Festival Orchestra is supported by memberships, local foundations and ad sales in the annual program book. Orchestra members come from across the area for weekly rehearsals and concerts.