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.

Montgomery is the new Director of Instrumental Music Activities at Missouri Valley College. This concert is graciously underwritten by Fitzgibbon Hospital and Community Bank of Marshall.

Dr. Montgomery has come to Marshall with experience serving as a band director in the Texas public schools as well as at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Missouri Southern State University, and Northwestern College. Under his direction, the Northwestern College Symphonic Band was named “Best College Band” by Downbeat magazine in 2004.

As a trumpeter, Montgomery is a past member of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony, the Kansas Brass Quintet, and founded the Xavier University Brass Quintet.

Montgomery holds a DMA in Wind Conducting from the University of Arizona, a MM in Trumpet Performance from the University of Kansas, and a BS in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Montgomery’s family includes four generations of musicians. Carrying on in that tradition, are his children. His son, Austin, is a junior music education major at Baylor University and his daughter, Lauren, a freshman, is majoring in music education at the University of Louisville.

Boasting a personnel list of three generations of music makers on its roster consistently, MPO promoters are honored to include Missouri Valley College and Dr. Montgomery to its collaborative musical efforts this season.

For Sunday’s program, Montgomery will perform the first movement of the Concertino for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra by Joseph Kaminski and Prayer of Saint Gregory by Alan Hovhaness.

These two selections may possibly be the most diverse compositions ever performed by an MPO soloist. The Kaminski is a contemporary spin on a traditional violin solo using vibrant melodies sprinkled with a smattering of tonal dissonances and complex rhythm.

In complete contrast, Prayer of Saint Gregory is the product of the composer’s religious opera in which Saint Gregory the Illuminator prayed reverently and faithfully in darkness after being cast into the pit of a dungeon where he was left for fifteen years.

In addition to the solo work, Conductor Kevin Lines has decided to take the audience on a musical tour including stops in Italy, Hungary, The Appalachian Mountains and finally back home to Missouri.

Listeners will be treated to Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances No. 5 and 6, and Copland’s Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian Spring.

The program will conclude with Missouri composer, Claude T. Smith’s, arrangement of the traditional hymn tune, “God Of Our Fathers,” in which the audience will be invited to join in to, “lead forth in beauty all the starry band.”

As always, MPO concerts are free and open to the public thanks to its supporters’ generous donations and contributions spanning over half a century of music making. It is with great pride that this musical tradition continues.

In closing, Lines states, “Let the music play on!”

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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.

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.

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.