OFO to begin rehearsals for new season next week

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Ozark Festival Orchestra begins rehearsals next week for its 39th season of concerts in Monett.

Music Director Todd Borgmann has planned a varied season of four concerts, again on Sunday afternoons, most at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.

The first will be on Nov. 4 and will focus on American music. Like much of the music world this year, the OFO will offer a tribute to the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein by playing his "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story." Other less familiar music will include Deems Taylor's "Through the Looking Glass" music based on "Alice in Wonderland," and other works.

This year's Christmas concert on Dec.16 will offer traditional seasonal music. Lauren Lee, one of the vocal soloists in last year's "Messiah" concert, will sing on some of the selections.

The Soloist Showcase and Young Artists Concert will be on Feb. 17, 2019. An instructor from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music will present a guitar concerto for the concert, in addition to other solo work.

All three concerts will begin at 3 p.m. at the MHS Performing Arts Center.

The season will conclude with the Pops in the Park concert on April 14, 2019 at the Monett City Park Casino, which will include the traditional pie-and-ice-cream benefit and silent auction. That event will begin with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m. and the music will start at 2:15 p.m. A wide range of music, from favorites and seldom heard lighter fare will make up the concert. A suite with video is also planned.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center. All instrumentalists are welcome, but must be able to read music and play at performance level. Regular players drive in from Springfield and Joplin, offering some car pooling opportunities. For additional information, people may contact Borgmann via email at borgmann.todd@gmail.com.

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