The Ozark Festival Orchestra will close its 30th season on Sunday, May 16 with the 14th annual Pops in the Park concert combined with the fourth 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. Music will begin at approximately 2:15 p.m.
The benefit serves as a season-end fundraiser to help defer the expenses of the concert season. Admission is $10 for adults and will include the cost of homemade pie and ice cream provided by orchestra members. Children are admitted for $5. Tickets are available at the door.
Music for the concert will include a wide range of Americana. Music Director Ken Meisinger will lead the orchestra in selections from Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," a medley by Duke Ellington, Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday," featuring three trumpeters, plus works by Henry Cowell and other American composers and patriotic tunes. To help keep the program lively, well-known selections from French composer Georges Bizet's music for the play "The Girl from Arles" will be included.
A silent auction will be held of donated items for music and art lovers will also be held in conjunction with the concert,
The Monett City Park Casino is located in the city park overlooking the intersection of Highways 37 and 60.
The Ozark Festival Orchestra is supported by memberships, donations, local businesses and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation. The OFO presents five concerts a year from October to May.