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.

Dr. Haney joined the UCM faculty in 2013. A rising artist in opera, concert, and recital engagements, Haney continues to make strong impressions as a versatile performer in venues across the United States and abroad. She has recent and upcoming roles with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and has appeared in operas of Massenet and Handel in the Siena and Trentino Music Festivals in Italy.

No stranger to crossover repertoire, Dr. Haney has performed the roles of Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd) with the Mobile Opera, Maria (The Sound of Music) with the New Theater, and Countess Charlotte Malcom (A Little Night Music) with the St. Petersburg Opera. She was also a selected participant for a coaching and masterclass with legendary actress and performer Carol Burnett, singing selections from Sondheim’s Company.

Haney will perform a work from Handel’s Giulio Cesara (Julius Caesar) and Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen on Sunday’s concert.

In addition to an impressive soloist for the first concert of the MPO season, Lines has chosen a full program of music with beautiful and familiar melodies that will have the audience leaving the auditorium humming along. The concert will open with Brian Balmages’ Summer Dances, a sparkling concert overture, followed by Die Fledermaus Overture by Johann Strauss II. Also featured on Sunday’s concert will be a waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and the beautiful work of J. S. Bach, Sheep May Safely Graze.

The Marshall Philharmonic is honored to musically offer the community the "best of many worlds": amateur/professional, working/retired, young/old. It is this special blending and the wonderful support of the community that makes the organization thrive.

Please join the Philharmonic in enjoying, promoting, and supporting this hometown orchestra in its 52nd season. All MPO concerts are free and open to the public.

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.