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Unusual music at the Ozark Festival Orchestra concert

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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OFO music director Ken Meisinger leads the orchestra in rehearsing the "Toy Symphony," with Monett students playing the "toys" that provide special effects. The concert is Sunday, Oct. 28, at Monett Elementary School, a different location for the orchestra. For directions, call 235-3135, 235-6882 or 476-5408. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
The Ozark Festival Orchestra opens its 33rd season on Sunday, Oct. 28, with a concert at Monett Elementary School, located on the south end of Learning Lane, south of County Street, west of Eisenhower on the northwest corner of Monett.

Last week the orchestra rehearsed with students from Monett Middle and Intermediate Schools, who will provide bird calls and other special effects on the "Toy Symphony," attributed to Haydn.

Playing are: Maddy Lee, penny whistle (quail); Carly Jenkins, triangle; Garrett Gunter, whistle (canary); Harrison Merriman, flutophone (nightingale); and Hunter Bartelt, recorder (cuckoo).

The concert of light classics also includes: "Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Strauss, "Days of Glory March" by Cacavas, "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by Chance and "Londonderry Suite" by Washburn.

The concert is sponsored by the Monett Community Foundation. A reception honoring the foundation and its work along with the soloists will be held after the concert, which begins at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children.



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