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Orchestra plans Christmas concerts

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ozark Festival Orchestra music director Ken Meisinger addressed the audience during the orchestra's season opening concert on Oct. 31 at Monett City Hall Auditorium. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will present its Christmas concert in Neosho on Sunday, Dec. 5 and in Monett on Sunday, Dec. 12.

For the fifth consecutive year, the OFO will present the Christmas story in scripture and music in the format of the "Nine Lessons and Carols" program given annually at Kings College in Cambridge, England. The OFO will play under the baton of Music

Director Ken Meisinger. Joining the orchestra for the fifth year will be the Crowder College Community Choir, under the director of Robert Ensor, and the Aurora High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Kevin Williams.

The Neosho concert will be given at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Calvary Baptist in Neosho, on the Business Highway 60/Highway 71 bypass on the east side of town at Oak Ridge. The Monett concert will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Monett, at 1600 N. Central across from North Park.

At each concert, community leaders will help lead the program by reading key scripture that tell the Christmas story from the earliest Biblical accounts through the birth of Jesus.

Music for the concert includes traditional and favorite selections of the season, six of which are by well known British choral arranger and composer John Rutter, who specializes in rich harmonies and Christmas music. Other selections include J.S. Bach's chorale "Sleepers Awake" arranged by conductor Eugene Ormandy, "Three Noels" arranged by Clare Grundman, and arrangements of two English carols by British choral specialist David Willcocks.

Admission to the concert is free. Donations are requested to help cover expenses.

This is the second concert of the OFO's 31st season. The OFO is supported by donations, memberships, local foundations, advertising in the program book and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation.

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