Spring Concert to feature Marshall musician

The last concert of the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra’s 51st Season will be held on April 6, 2014, Bueker Middle School, Harold L. Lickey Auditorium, at 2:30 p.m. This concert always features our talented youth; this year the Marshall High School Orchestra will be joining the Philharmonic for the last two selections. In addition, our soloist, Brandon Pace, is one of our own, playing with us throughout his high school and college years.

Brandon will be performing two selections: QUINTET for CLARINET & STRINGS,op.34 by Carl Maria von Weber; KONZERTSTUCK, op. 114, by Felix Mendelssohn.

Brandon Pace, a Marshall native, graduated from Marshall High School in 2011. Throughout his high school years, he was already a music performance major, distinguishing himself in all musical activities available.

He sang bass with the Marshall High School Choraliers, performed with the Marshall High School Band and Orchestra, the Marshall Municipal Band, and the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra, playing a variety of instruments, depending on the need of the organization: oboe, alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, and cello. He received district, state, and national honors in the high school groups.

Jim Gai will be joining Brandon on a work. He is also Brandon's private instructor.

He eventually focused on the clarinet as his chosen instrument. He also led the high school band as drum major his junior and senior years.

During the summer of 2011, Brandon was nominated by his music instructor, Kevin Lines, to try out for the National Association for Music Education Convention in Washington, D.C. He earned the first chair position and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

In 2012, he received runner-up at the state level of the Music Teachers National Association competition and in 2013, he was the winner at the Missouri Federations of Music Club solo competition. He is currently attending the University of Central Missouri, majoring in Clarinet Performance, and studying under clarinet professor, Dr. Jim Gai, his instructor since Brandon was 15. Brandon is also the principal clarinetist of the UCM Wind Ensemble, the UCM Symphony Orchestra, and drum major for the UCM Marching Mules.

Most recently he studied at the Accademia Europea di Firenze in Florence, Italy. Brandon performs with various small ensembles and gives a solo recital every year at UCM.

He plans on graduating from UCM in spring of 2015 and pursuing a master’s degree in Clarinet Performance.

Chamber Concert

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will present its annual Chamber Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 225 E. Arrow St., in Marshall.

Winter concert

The guest artist for the MPO winter concert is trombonist Roger Oyster, principal trombonist for the Kansas City Symphony. He has performed with 14 other orchestras worldwide, including the St. Louis Symphony; the National Symphony in Washington, D.C.; the Atlanta Symphony; the Baltimore Symphony; the Detroit Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony; and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He can be heard on more than 50 commercially released recordings, including many Grammy Award nominees and two Grammy winners.

MPO president honors colleague Charles Farmer

Editor's note: At the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra's first concert of the season, Sunday, Oct. 27, MPO President Mary Lou Porter honored her long-time colleague and friend, Charles Farmer, for his contributions to the orchestra.

Christmas Concert!

Video by Chris Nelson

Marshall is music and holiday music in Marshall brings beauty and joy. That will be the theme for Sunday's combined Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and Marshall Community Chorus Christmas concert to be held at 2:30 p.m. December 1 in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School. Non-perishable food items will be collected at the door for the Marshall Food Pantry for this free holiday concert.

Conductors Kevin Lines and James Woodland have selected favorite holiday standards for this year's concert that will raise spirits and add some jingle to your Christmas celebrations.