MONETT, Mo. — Thirty-eight years — that’s how long the Ozark Festival Orchestra has put on its Young Artist/Soloist Showcase to the public.
This year’s edition takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center and will feature two soloists.
The first is 12-year-old Silas Garrett, from Webster Groves, a cellist. He will play two movements from Sonata No. 5 in E minor by Baroque Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, arranged for solo with string orchestra, according to the organization’s press release.
Garrett, a seventh-grade student at Hixson Middle School, has been stringing the cello since the age of 6.
“I first got interested in playing the cello when I was gifted a small cello that my cousin had outgrown,” Garrett said to OFO organizers. “My Gram (Phyllis Garrett) is a cellist and was very encouraging, so I decided to give it a try.”
Like most young people, Garrett enjoys a variety of music, from pop to classical.
“It is most fun to play with other people in an ensemble or orchestra — it is also fun when I can play a song I’ve heard on the radio,” Garrett said, according to OFO. “I’ve been playing Vivaldi for many months now — I’ve really gotten to know the music and can play it without having to over think it. My main goal is to continue to enjoy music and keep improving.”
The adult soloist will be clarinetist Theresa Borgmann, who will play the Concerto for Clarinet in B flat by Johann Stamitz, a contemporary of Vivaldi. Borgmann has been studying and playing music since 1997. As a high school senior, she earned honorable mention status in the 2004 Missouri All-State Band. She also plays alto and tenor saxophone.
The OFO as a group, conducted by Todd Borgmann, will present Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” one of the great Romantic-era masterpieces. The OFO is a community orchestra composed of 40 musicians from throughout Southwest Missouri, focusing primarily on classical music.
Admission is $10, $5 for senior citizens 65 and older. Students high school age and younger will be admitted free.