Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra set to launch 47th season Sunday

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra performs during its November 2008 concert at Bueker Middle School. The orchestra's first concert of the season is Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Harold Lickey Memorial Auditoriam at BMS. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra's 47th concert season features music in many forms, from classical concertos to international instruments to "pops" favorites.

Director Kevin Lines said he likes to program a diverse set of guest artists and music for MPO concerts.

"We want the community to be able to experience a variety of music," Lines said.

After the season opener this Sunday, Nov. 1, area music lovers have several more opportunities to hear MPO members perform in Marshall.

MPO's annual Christmas concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m. This concert will be in collaboration with the Marshall Community Chorus.

One of the works on the program is Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas Music," which will feature a new addition to the orchestra. The piece has an extended solo for English horn, an instrument that the municipal band just purchased this past summer.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, the MPO will return to the stage for its second regular concert of the season.

The guest artists at this performance will bring sounds never before heard in Marshall, Lines said. The steel drum band from University of Missouri, under the direction of Julia Gaines, will warm up the winter concert with tropical sounds.

"It'll be a really neat experience," Lines said.

The MPO's chamber music concert, which features performances MPO members in small ensembles and as soloists, is scheduled for Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

For the final concert of the season, Marshall vocalist Derick Samson will join MPO as the guest artist.

"He's got a great voice," Lines said. "It's just really neat to showcase local talent."

Scheduled for Sunday, April 25, this performance is the annual "pops" concert, which will also feature the artistic works of students at Bueker Middle School. Every year the students create pieces of artwork inspired by one of the orchestra's numbers.

Lines said he hasn't chosen the music yet, but he typically picks something programmatic, meaning its intended to suggest certain ideas and images. The artwork is displayed in the hallways of BMS during the concert, and last year it was shown on a projector during the orchestra's performance of the piece as well.

"That has really grown into just a wonderful activity," Lines said.

Lines said he is proud and humbled to lead the MPO, which has grown into a full symphony orchestra from very small beginnings almost 50 years ago.

He encouraged members of the community to attend MPO concerts and expressed the hope "that when people leave the concerts, they'll tell their friends."

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