Ozark Festival Orchestra continues season with young artists concert on April 7

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Photo by Murray Bishoff Rehearsals underway Rehearsals are underway for the Ozark Festival Orchestra's concert on April 7 at the Monett City Hall Auditorium. Music director Ken Meisinger, at right, will lead the winners of the Young Artists contest in movements of works by Handel and Weiniawski. The orchestra will also play pieces by Bizet, Wagner and Francis McBeth. The concert is at 3 p.m. on April 7 and will be followed by a reception for the soloists.

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 33rd season with the 14th annual Young Artists Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at the Monett City Hall Auditorium in Monett.

Under the baton of music director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra perform with two soloists in a wide spectrum of works from the Baroque through the Romantic periods and into the contemporary.

Michaela Murphy, 16, of Webb City, winner of the senior division of the Young Artists Contest, will play the opening movement from a viola concerto by Baroque composer George Frederic Handel, arranged by Henri Casadesus. Her sister, Mariah Murphy, 14, won the junior division, and will play the slow movement of the Violin Concerto #2 by Romantic period Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski.

Soloists for the Young Artists Concert were selected by a panel of judges from auditions held in January. The Young Artists program is underwritten by the Barry-Lawrence Area United Fund, expanding opportunities for young people. Michaela is a viola student of Jackie Lee. Mariah is a violin student of Chin-fei Lin.

The orchestra will also play the second suite written by "Carmen" composer Georges Bizet for the play "L'Arlésienne," the "Procession to the Cathedral" by Richard Wagner from his opera "Lohengrin" and "Kaddish," written in 1980 by American composer W. Francis McBeth, best known for his concert band music.

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.

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