The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra, which includes Texas County residents, will perform Saturday, Dec. 13, at Willow Springs.

The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra will present a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

This annual event is sponsored by the Willow Springs Arts Council and is at the historic Star Theater in Willow Springs.

Tickets will be available at the door, and prices are $7 for adults. Children under 12 will be admitted free. The concert, “Musical Christmas Memories,” and will feature a mix of favorite selections, including, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” arranged by David Pugh; “O Holy Night” arranged by Robert Smith; “A Holst Christmas” by Gustav Holst; and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson.

The Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra is a volunteer group of musicians from across the area who love music and enjoy presenting live concerts to the community. Members are from Ava, Willow Springs, Mountain Grove, Houston, Licking, Mountain View, West Plains, Springfield and Melbourne, Ark. The orchestra is under the direction of Joe Dias, an accomplished musician studying at Missouri State University. He was the concertmaster and principal soloist for Kickapoo High School in Springfield. He also participated in the Springfield Youth Symphony. Currently, he is a violinist with the Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra, and a carillonneur for the Jane A. Meyer Carillon Bell Tower.

To learn more about the arts council and the orchestra, visit the website at, or on Facebook at Southern Ozarks Community Orchestra and Willow Springs Arts Council.

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