The Ozark Festival Orchestra will close its 29th season on Sunday, May 3 with the 13th annual Pops in the Park concert combined with the third annual pie and ice cream benefit for the orchestra. Festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Monett City Park Casino in Monett's South Park.
The benefit serves as a season-end fundraiser to help defer the expenses of the concert season. Admission is $10 for adults and includes homemade pie provided by orchestra members and ice cream. Children are admitted for $5.
Special guest for the concert will be Rebecca Luebber. The popular song stylist from Joplin will bring her jazz trio to perform several selections out of George Gershwin's songbook.
Music director Ken Meisinger has selected a program of Americana for the music. Selections will include Bob Lowden's medley "Disney Magic," Bruce Chase's medley "Broadway Tonight," Jay Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell" and Clare Grundman's "Second American Folk Rhapsody."
In addition, the orchestra will play a well-known aria from Mozart's "Don Giovanni." Luebber will join the orchestra to sing the big aria "O mio Babbino Caro" from Pucinni's opera "Gianni Schicchi" and an arrangement for salon orchestra of "After the Ball" from "Showboat."
The orchestra will also play "The Star Spangled Banner," "America The Beautiful" and Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Tickets will be available at the door. The music will begin at approximately 2:15 p.m. Those attending will have a chance to participate in a silent auction of assorted gift items, edible goodies from Trader Joe's and other surprises.
The Monett City Park Casino is located on the top of the hill at South Park, just south of the interchange of Highways 37 and 60 in Monett.
The Ozark Festival Orchestra has played in Monett since 1980. Musicians come from across southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas to perform together. The OFO is supported by memberships, donations, and endowments managed by the Monett Community Foundation.