The Ozark Festival Orchestra will offer its holiday concert at 3 p.m. on December 16 at the Monett High School Performing Arts Center.

Music director Todd Borgmann has selected a concert of holiday favorites to brighten the season. Songs of the season will include “Little Drummer Boy,” “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Once in Royal David's City” and Leroy Anderson's “Sleigh Ride.” Three compilations of sacred and secular music, including Leroy Anderson's medley “A Christmas Festival,” and music from the film “The Polar Express” will round out the program.

As a special treat, former music director Dr. Amy Muchnick, professor of music at Missouri State University, will be the guest conductor. This will be Dr. Muchnick's first appearance with the OFO in 20 years and she may provide additional musical surprises.

Admission is $10, $5 for senior citizens 65 and older. Students high school age and younger will be admitted free. The high school is located on East Cleveland Avenue, west of the Price Cutter supermarket.

Future concerts include the Soloist Showcase on February 17 at the performing arts center, and the Pops in the Park gala on April 14 at the Monett City Park Casino.

The OFO is a community orchestra composed of players from southwest Missouri and nearby towns, focusing primarily on classical music. Rehearsals are held weekly in Monett. The orchestra is supported by memberships, local foundations, ads in the orchestra program book and funds managed by the Monett Community Foundation.

Christmas Concert

The community is invited to attend the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in the Third Annual “Light The World” Christmas Concert presented by the Southwest Missouri Community Choir and the Hand Bell Choir of the First Methodist Church in Cassville. The concert will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, December 9, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint building located at 601 South Lincoln Avenue in Monett.

The choir is directed by Trent Oliphant, a long time singer and composer, formerly with the world famous Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. In addition to traditional Christmas music, including "For unto us a Child is Born" from Handel's Messiah, the choir will perform "Sing a Song to the Lord," an original composition written by Mr. Oliphant. As a special treat a composition will be performed entitled "Light the World with His Love" written especially for this celebration, from the words of a Christmas poem by Mr. Lee Allphin with the musical score by Mr. Oliphant.

All are encouraged to attend with their family and friends as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ together this Christmas season.