Ozark Festival Orchestra schedules April concert
March 22, 2014
Three young soloists and music by Mozart, J.S. Bach, Grieg and Handel will be featured at the Ozark Festival Orchestra's 15th annual Young Artists concert, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 6, 2014, at the Monett City Hall Auditorium.

Under the baton of music director Ken Meisinger, the orchestra will play "Suite 1" from Grieg's music for Peer Gynt featuring the favorite "Hall of the Mountain King" movement, and the overture to Handel's opera Theodora.

Lydia Mae Neher, a senior at East Newton High School and the senior division winner in the Young Artists auditions, will be the soloist on the first movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. A rural Pierce City resident, Neher is a 2009 junior division winner who has played in the All-State Band for three years. She is a student of Dr. Cheryl Cifelli at Missouri Southern State University.

Violinist Lily Monroe, 10, of Stark City, one of the junior division winners, will play the first movement of J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto in A Minor. She is a home school student and a violin pupil of Christy Paxton-Tureman.

Pianist Grant Goolsby, 11, of Billings, the second junior division winner, will perform a movement from Concerto for Young Pianists by American composer Matthew Edwards, with an original arrangement for strings prepared for the OFO. A home school student, Goolsby is a piano pupil of Cindy Dittrich.

Admission is $5 for adults and students high school age and under will be admitted free of charge. The Monett City Hall is located at Fifth Street and Bond, one block north of downtown. The audience is welcome to greet the soloists following the performance.

The Young Artists concert is underwritten by the Barry-Lawrence Area United Fund, expanding opportunities for young people in the Monett area.

This will be the final concert of the OFO's 34th season. The OFO is supported by memberships, local foundations, ads in the orchestra program book and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation. Orchestra members come from across the area for weekly rehearsals and concerts.

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