Ozark Festival Orchestra to open 33rd season on Oct. 28 with light classics

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Ozark Festival Orchestra opens its 33rd season of concerts in Monett, Mo., on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at the Monett Elementary School commons room. The school is located at 601 Learning Lane, south of County Street on the northwest corner of Monett.

Music director Ken Meisinger, back for a 14th season with the orchestra, will present a concert of light classics showing many styles that have become crowd favorites.

The music will include a sample of the grand waltz by the Waltz King: the popular "Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Stauss Jr. To sample the march repertory, there is the "Days of Glory March" by John Cacavas. The beauty of folk songs and national music is sampled in "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance and "Londonderry Suite" for strings by Robert Washburn, a suite of English melodies.

The central piece in the concert is one that has intrigued audiences for over 200 years: the "Toy Symphony," attributed to Haydn or Leopold Mozart, with real toy instruments playing in the orchestra. Children from Monett Central Park Elementary School will join the orchestra to play.

Admission is $5 for adults. Children age 18 and under are admitted free.

The concert is sponsored by the Monett Community Foundation. A reception will follow the concert.

The orchestra's next concert will be on Dec. 9 at Monett City Hall Auditorium.

The Ozark Festival Orchestra is a classical music ensemble based in Monett, with players from throughout southwest Missouri. The OFO plays five concerts per season and is supported by memberships, donations, local foundations, ads in the program book and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation.

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