OFO to present Christmas concert on Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will present its Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Monett City Hall Auditorium. This will be the second concert in the OFO's 34th season.

Under the baton of music director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra will play a concert of traditional music of the season, including sing-along carols with audience participation.

Selections will include two medleys: Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival" and Bruce Chase's arrangement of "Christmas Favorites" with "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "Silver Bells" and "The Christmas Song." Aaron Copland's variations on the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" and arrangements of additional carols will be played, along with Leroy Anderson's ever-popular "Sleigh Ride."

The audience will have a chance to join the orchestra in singing John Rutter's arrangements of "The First Noel," "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen."

Admission is $5. Children age 18 and under will be admitted free.

"The OFO's Christmas concert is a great way to get in the spirit of the season," said Meisinger. "Join us for a spirited celebration in music of the 'most wonderful time of the year.'"

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, program book advertising and local foundations. Orchestra members come from across the area for weekly rehearsals and concerts.

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