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Beethoven the focus of OFO concert

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 30th season with a concert on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Monett City Hall Auditorium. The performance will feature the Piano Concerto No. 4 by Ludwig Van Beethoven, featuring Dr. Reena Berger Natenberg from Pittsburg State University as featured soloist.

OFO Music Director Ken Meisinger will also lead the orchestra in the overture to the opera "Nabucco" by Verdi and "Eight Russian Dances" by Anatol Liadov, a colorful work showcasing many sections in the orchestra.

Pianist Reena Berger Natenberg has performed internationally as a soloist throughout North America, South America, Asia and in Europe.

These appearances include performances at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Edward Pickman Hall in Cambridge Mass., The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Midday Concert Series, the House of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and the Christ Church Cathedrale, the Chapelle du Bon Pasteur, Salle Claude Champagne, Salle Marie Stèphane and the Gelber Conference Center in Montreal. She was featured on radio and television, most notably in a television documentary pertaining to the Czech culture playing the piano pieces of Smetana and Martinu.

Since moving to the United States in 2000, Dr. Berger Natenberg has performed extensively as a guest artist at many university music schools throughout the U.S. She has presented master classes, lectures and seminars throughout the world. She is currently associate professor of piano at Pittsburg State University.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Monett City Hall Auditorium. Admission is $5. Students high school age and under are admitted free of charge.

The concert is underwritten in part by Cox Monett Hospital in recognition of Heart Month.

The Ozark Festival Orchestra is supported by memberships, corporate sponsorship and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation.

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