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Ozark Festival Orchestra to salute veterans at Oct. 30 concert

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Ozark Festival Orchestra will open its 32nd season with a concert salute to veterans at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Monett City Hall Auditorium in Monett.

Under the baton of music director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra will play a number of familiar selections about America and the U.S. Armed Forces. Aaron Copland's "Variations on the Shaker Melody" from "Appalachian Spring" will open the concert, plus the "Suite #2" by Gustav Holst, originally written for military band.

The concert will continue with a number of marches, with Bob Lowden's arrangement of theme tunes and marches from all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and Bagley's "National Emblem March." George M. Cohan's "Star Spangled Spectacular" with "Grand Old Flag" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" bring Broadway's national salute to the stage. The concert concludes with Alfred Reed's setting of Samuel Ward's "America the Beautiful."

Admission is $5. Children high school age and under will be admitted free of charge. Veterans will be recognized during the program.

The Monett City Hall Auditorium is located at Fifth and Bond streets in Monett, one block north of UMB Bank on Broadway.

The Ozark Festival Orchestra is supported by memberships, local foundations and ad sales in the annual program book. Orchestra members come from across the area for weekly rehearsals and concerts.

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