OFO to conclude season with pops concert

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will conclude its 33rd season with its annual pops concert on Sunday, May 19 at Monett Elementary School. The concert will be a benefit for the orchestra to meet expenses for the season. The special event comes with homemade pie and ice cream for an admission fee of $10.

Monett Elementary School is located on the northwest corner of Monett, west of Eisenhower Street on County Street and south on Learning Lane. New signs have been posted to provide directions. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the music will start at 2:15 p.m.

Under the baton of music director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra will perform music from Broadway and the cinema, plus light classics and patriotic selections. Broadway music will include four of the best-loved songs from Lerner and Lowe's "My Fair Lady," plus "Symphonic Variations" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, such as "Cats." Film music will include a three-movement suite from the "Star Wars" films by John Williams, the most recent music written for the series.

Light classics will include the rousing "Light Cavalry Overture" by von Suppé. Patriotic music will include F.W. Meachum's march "American Patrol, Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" plus "America the Beautiful."

The event will include a silent auction of items selected for art lovers. Among the items will be tickets from the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, artistic decor, special dinner baskets, art books and classical music recordings. A live auction will be held for pies not eaten by the patrons.

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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