Local talent featured in season finale concert

The Marshall Philharmonic will close its 53rd season on Sunday, April 17, featuring some of Marshall's most promising young talent.

Soloist for the day will be 2014 Marshall High School graduate Ryan Layton, bass-baritone, and the Marshall High School Orchestra will perform as special guests.

Ryan Layton is a sophomore at the University of Missouri where he is pursuing a degree in vocal music education. Ryan, the son of Chris and Lori Layton, hails from Marshall.

He was deeply involved with the performing arts at Marshall High School, participating in band, theatre, and choir.

Ryan has been a member of the Missouri Valley College Concert Band, Marshall Municipal Band, Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Marshall Community Chorus.

He was a two-year member of the Missouri All-State Choir and received top ratings at the State Music Festival.

At Mizzou, he is a member of the Concert Chorale, Choral Union, and Hitt Street Harmony. Ryan studies voice with Steven B. Jepson.

The Marshall High School Orchestra also has accumulated recent state honors. On Thursday, April 7 the orchestra received a I rating at state music festival in Boonville.

Students were evaluated by a panel of 3 judges for their prepared works, and by a 4th judge for their sightreading. This marks the 15th consecutive year for the Marshall Orchestra to earn a I rating at the state event under the leadership of conductor Kevin Lines.

Sunday’s concert will feature popular music from many eras including an excerpt from “Xerxes”, a serious opera by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), a tango by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), “Marian the Librarian”, a solo by famed Iowa-born musical composer, Meredith Willson (1902-1984), “A Salute to the Big Bands” arranged by contemporary composer/arranger Calvin Custer (1939-1998), and “Star Wars Epic – Part I & II”, written by five-time Academy Award winner, John Williams (b. 1932).

Sunday's concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School and is underwritten by Wood & Huston Bank. As always, MPO concerts are free to the public with a reception immediately following.

Next: The annual chamber concert

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing its annual chamber concert on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at Marshall First United Methodist Church.

This concert features individual soloists & ensembles from the orchestra. This is a great choice for a Saturday night date. Hope to see you there.

Mary Lou Porter, President of Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra

Featured violinist will fill Lickey Auditorium with romantic sounds for Valentine's Day concert

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will present a special Valentine’s Day performance THIS Sunday, February 14th, under the baton of conductor, Kevin Lines. The concert will be held in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School in Marshall and will begin at 2:30 p.m. featuring David Hays, violin. The entire concert will include famous music of the Romantic composers of the 1800’s. This free concert is generously underwritten by Community Bank of Marshall and Fitzgibbon Hospital.


Dr. David R. Hays is instructor of violin studies at Missouri State University in Springfield. A former concertmaster of the BUTI young artists’ orchestra at Tanglewood, Dr. Hays has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and others.

He has competed as a finalist at the Banff International String Quartet Competition as co-principal violinist of the Fry Street Quartet. As a member of the Hawthorne Trio, he has performed throughout the US, in Poland, the Czech Republic and England.

Hays taught violin and chamber music at Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute for fifteen summers and served on faculty at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Currently, David serves as concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony.

For Sunday’s program, Hays will perform “Romance No. 2 in F Major, op. 50” by Beethoven and “D minor Violin Concerto, Op. 22” by lesser known Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski.

In addition to the romantic music of the violin, conductor Kevin Lines has also chosen great and well-known Romantic works by Strauss, Brahms, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky including “Romeo and Juliet Overture” and “Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95, From the New World.” MPO organizers ask patrons to “come out and enjoy a sweet, musical treat on this special day of love and romance.”

Next: A Valentine's Day concert

Valentine’s Day is coming, and what better way to celebrate than coming to the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on that special day?

Conductor Kevin Lines has created a program of symphonic pieces that concentrate on the theme of love. Join us Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 2:30 p.m. at Bueker Middle School in the Harold Lickey Auditorium.

David Hays, violin, will be our guest soloist.

The concert is free.

Let the sleighbells ring: MPO and Marshall Community Chorus offer annual Christmas concert

Attention Music Lovers: LET THE SLEIGHBELLS RING! The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Community Chorus will present its annual joint Christmas Concert this Sunday, November 29, in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and is free to the public, but concert-goers are asked to bring along non-perishable food items for the local Community Food

Pantry as a gesture of kindness in the true spirit of giving.

New season opens with concert featuring accomplished pianist Jon Hynes

Welcome to the 53rd season of the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra in Marshall, Missouri.

Our first concert will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, at Bueker Middle School, Harold L. Lickey Auditorium, 565 S. Odell Ave., in Marshall.

Our first soloist will be Jon Hynes, pianist.

Trombonist Richard Marshall to be featured soloist, MHS Orchestra to be guest performer at spring concert

The Marshall Philharmonic will close its 52nd Season on Sunday, April 19, featuring some of Marshall's most promising young talent.

Sunday's concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School, 565 S. Odell Ave.

Soloist for the day will be Marshall High School graduate Richard Marshall, on trombone, and the Marshall High School Orchestra will perform as special guests.

Trumpeter Ron Montgomery to be featured in Feb. 15 concert

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will present its third concert of the 52nd concert season Sunday, Feb. 15, under the baton of Conductor Kevin Lines.

The concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School in Marshall.

The featured soloist will be Dr. Ron Montgomery, trumpet.

The founders: The story of MPO



Fall concert to feature mezzo-soprano Kristee Haney

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its 52nd season Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, with a concert under the baton of conductor Kevin Lines. The featured performer will be Kristee Haney, mezzo-soprano, currently on staff as assistant professor of voice and musical theater at the University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg.

The concert will be held in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School in Marshall and will begin at 2:30 p.m. This concert is graciously underwritten by Wood & Huston Bank of Marshall.