The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra will be in concert this month at two locations.
The group will present “What Dreams Are Made Of” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at at the Hiett Gymnasium. The concert will also be presented at the historic Star Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in Willow Springs. At both locations, tickets will be sold at the door and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children under 12 are admitted free.
Tickets for the Houston concert may be purchased in advance at the Houston Herald.
Musical selections for “What Dreams Are Made Of” include Greig’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite; “Mars, the Bringer of War from the Planets” by Holst; “Saturday Night Waltz from Rodeo” by Copland; “Pavane” by Ravel; and a medley from “Pirates of the Caribbean” by Badelt. A few other pieces are planned.
The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra is a volunteer group of 30 musicians of all ages and is conducted by Michael Roy, who has led the group for almost three years and is the director of bands for the Houston School District. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education degree from Louisiana State University and has worked as a drill writer and program coordinator for schools in Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri.
The concertmaster for SOCO is Danyal Collins, who is a well-known area violinist and performs with the Springfield Symphony, Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra and Mountain Home Symphony. Collins started playing the violin at a young age with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and has played with several ensembles throughout the Midwest. She resides in Ava and teaches in Willow Springs, Ava and Mountain Home, Ark.
These concerts are sponsored in part by grants from the Missouri Arts Council and the Coover Foundation. Additional sponsors of the Houston concert are Progressive Ozark Bank, Wal-Mart and Texas County Memorial Hospital. A portion of the proceeds from the Houston concert will be donated to Downtown Houston Inc., for the restoration of the Melba Theatre in downtown Houston.
For more information on the Willow Springs Arts Council and the orchestra, visit the website at www.willowspringsartscouncil.org.