The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 30th concert season with the 11th annual Young Artists Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 18 at Monett City Hall Auditorium. Three soloists will perform at the concert, part of the special attractions planned for the orchestra's anniversary.
Under the baton of Music Director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra will play a complete concerto and excerpts of two others.
Cellist Steuart Pincombe, the 2005 senior division winner of the Young Artists competition, will return as featured soloist on the Cello Concerto in C Major by Haydn, one of the treasured standards of the cello and concerto literature. Pincombe is currently finishing a bachelor of music degree in modern cello and a master's in music degree in viola da gamba and baroque cello at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was also the OFO Young Artists junior division winner in 2002.
The 2010 winners of the Young Artist competition will bring works for clarinet and piano to the concert. Junior division winner Lydia Neher, of Pierce City, will play the Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra by Carl Maria Von Weber, a contemporary of Beethoven. Michael Clark, from Bolivar, will play the first movement of the 1958 Piano Concerto #2 by the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.
Additional works on the program will include American music: the "March, Interlude and Jig" by David Stone and the "American Symphonette #2" by Morton Gould.
A reception for the soloists will follow the concert.
Admission is $5. Children high school age and younger will be admitted free.
The Monett City Hall is located at Fifth and Bond in Monett, one block north of the downtown business district.
Financial support for the Young Artists Concert is made possible by the Barry-Lawrence United Fund, expanding opportunities for young people.