Orchestra to open 35th season

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Borgman debuts as director with 'Around the World' concert

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will open its 35th season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Monett Elementary School.

This will be the first concert under the baton of new music director, Todd Borgmann, who serves as assistant band director for the Monett School District

The concert will offer a musical voyage around the world, with stops in Russia, South America, Mexico and the United States.

The tour includes an arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," a Divertimento by Haydn for the stop in Vienna, "Two South American Tangos" by Merle Isaac, and "Three Mexican Dances" by William Rhoads. American music will include Jay Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell," made famous in the Ken Burns' "Civil War" films, with a violin solo by new concertmaster Ned Horner, and Claude Smith's arrangement of "God of Our Fathers."

The concert will take place at the Monett Elementary School, located at 601 Learning Lane. The school is located west of Eisenhower Street in Monett at the flashing stop sign to Learning Lane.

Admission will still be $5 for adults. Students will be admitted free.

The orchestra will continue its season on Dec. 14 at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1600 N. Central in Monett, on Feb. 15, 2015 and April 12, 2015, both at the Monett City Park Casino at South Park, at Highways 37 and 60. All concerts are at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The OFO is a community orchestra composed of players from southwest Missouri and nearby towns, focusing primarily on classical music. Rehearsals are held weekly in Monett.

The orchestra is supported by memberships, local foundations, ads in the orchestra program book and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation.

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