The Southern Ozarks Chamber Orchestra will present a concert entitled “Our Favorite Things” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the historic Star Theater in Willow Springs.
The event is being sponsored by local art patrons and the Willow Springs Arts Council, through a grant provided by the Missouri Arts Council. Tickets are available at Landmark Bank in Willow Springs, West Plains and Houston, and will also be sold at the door. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
The orchestra is made up of approximately 20 volunteers of all ages from West Plains, Willow Springs, Mountain View, Cabool, Houston, Ava, Mountain Grove, and southern Arkansas. Instrumentation includes violin, viola, string bass, cello, trumpet, trombone, oboe, English horn, clarinet, flute, French horn, and percussion, which creates a wonderful opportunity to hear a live orchestra performance.
Conductor for the orchestra is Houston High School band director Michael Roy, who received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University of Baton Rouge, La.
While in school, Roy toured the United States performing as a member of the 2004 and 2005 Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as the 2006 and 2008 World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He has worked as a drill writer and program coordinator for schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri, and currently holds the positions of conductor of the Southern Ozark Chamber Orchestra, and trombone player for the Mountain Home Orchestra, in addition to Director of Bands for the Houston R-1 School District.
The program is varied and will include favorite selections as chosen by the orchestra including, “Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah,” “Carmen Suite No. l by Bizer,” “Marche hongroise by Berlioz,” “Jupiter-Bringer of Jollity from the Planets,” and “With Quiet Courage.”
People with local ties who will play in the orchestra include Dean Belshe, Jodie Forbes, Lindsay Starr and Andrew Stockard.
Current sponsors of the event include Landmark Bank of Willow Springs, All Saints Episcopal Church in West Plains, Coastal Energy Corporation, and Vintage Floral.
For more information on the arts council and the orchestra, log onto www.willowspringsartscouncil.org.