33rd season of Christmas music
The Ozark Festival Orchestra will continue its 33rd season with a concert of Christmas music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Monett City Hall Auditorium in Monett, Mo.
Under the baton of music director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra will play best loved secular selections of the season as well as carols and hymns where the audience will have the chance to sing along. American composer Leroy Anderson, a specialist in musical snapshots, is represented with his "A Christmas Festival" medley and "Sleigh Ride."
"Three Noels" by Clare Grundman and Richard Hayman's arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" share familiar tunes, leading into favorites like Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"), Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and arrangements of "Winter Wonderland" and "The Little Drummer Boy."
From the sacred repertory, the orchestra will play "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" and "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," where the audience will be asked to join in.
"The OFO's Christmas concert is a great way to get in the spirit of the season," said Meisinger. "Join us for a spirited celebration in music of the 'most wonderful time of the year.'"
Admission is $5. Children high school age and under will be admitted free of charge.
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.