JOPLIN, Mo. —
Well established in its home country, a symphonic orchestra is making its first tour stops in the United States, and Joplin is on its itinerary.
Haifa Symphony Orchestra, based in Haifa, Israel, will perform Sunday as part of Pro Musica Joplin's annual chamber music series. Bonnie Yetter, director of Pro Musica, said the symphony has established itself strongly in the northern Israeli area.
"They have been a premier orchestra," Yetter said. "They do all kinds of things with students and just expanded throughout the country, particularly to promote Israeli music and musicians."
The orchestra has played concerts in Kansas City, Connecticut, Florida, New York and Alabama as part of this first U.S. tour. Its program for Sunday will feature some traditional orchestral favorites, including Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
Under the direction of maestro Noam Sheriff, the symphony is the most significant musical institute in northern Israel, according to a bio from Columbia Artists Management Inc. It serves more than 5,000 subscribers of all ages who attend a mix of six different programs, and it produces a number of different programs for the community, including a program featuring Jewish music.
It received an award from the prime minister for being a leading performer of original Israeli compositions, according to the bio.
Though this is the symphony's first American trip, it is a repeat performance for Dawidow, who is known for his work with the Opole Philharmonic of Poland.
That orchestra in 2011 engaged in a long, 46-concert, 19-state tour.
He was named principal guest conductor in 2012.
Yetter said that impending winter weather may cause cancellation of the concert, and such a cancellation would be announced Sunday morning, if necessary.
Want to go?
Haifa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of guest conductor Boguslaw Dawidow, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Performing Arts Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. Tickets: $20, $25 for premium seating, $15 for balcony. Students receive a $5 discount.
A high tea will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $75, includes premium seating. The concert is sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, Crossland Construction Company, Empire District Electric Company, Freeman Health System, FSC Management, Heart of American Beverage Company, The Insurancenter, Leggett & Platt, Southwest Missouri Bank, US Bank Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation. Details: 417-625-1822.