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.

He is a prize-winning pianist of several competitions including the gold medal of the Nena Wideman Competition, the Eastman Concerto Competition, and the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition.  

He has performed extensively in Europe, including concerts in London at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Oxford at Trinity College, Frankfurt at the American Consulate, Geneva at the American Concert Series, Interlaken at Aula Hall, the Musicora International Festival in Paris, the European Piano Teachers Association Convention in Novi Sad (Serbia), Brussels at the American Concert Series, the American Cathedral in Paris, and numerous concerts throughout France, including concerts at both the United States Consulate and Embassy.

His recent performances include the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Hawaii, Boccarelli Auditorium in Sao Paulo (Brazil), and alongside his wife (pianist Mia Hynes) at Steinway Hall in New York City.  

Hynes studied with Michel Béroff for two years at the Paris Conservatory before completing his Doctoral and Master of Music degrees (and Performer's Certificate) from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with (and served as teaching assistant to) Natalya Antonova.

In the summer of 1990, he studied with Lena Bulatova at the Moscow Conservatory as a participant of the International Fine Arts Institute.

Dr. Hynes holds a Bachelor’s degree with high honors (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Arkansas, where he was a student of Alan Chow.

Previously the founder and director of the Arkansas Baptist School of Fine Arts for the past 17 years, this fall he joins the piano faculty of the University of Central Missouri.

For Sunday’s program, Hynes will perform the beautiful, haunting melodies of “Concerto in G” written by Maurice Ravel accompanied by the orchestra.

He will later be joined by his wife, Mia, as they perform a bonus feature, “Fantasy on Wizard of Oz”, arranged by William Hirtz. The audience will love this rendition as it is joyous, technically ruckus, and features dozens of notes played seemingly at the same time.

In addition to an impressive soloist for the first concert of the MPO season, Director Kevin Lines has chosen a full program of music with beautiful, exciting, and traditional melodies that will have the audience leaving the auditorium filled with joy and song.

The concert will open with “Pique Dame Overture” by Franz von Suppe, followed by Modest Mussorgsky’s famous Halloween tradition, “Night on Bald Mountain.”

Also featured on Sunday’s concert will be a Norwegian march, “Valdres” by Johannes Hanssen, Gabriel Faure’s “Pavane” and will close with the exciting “Great Locomotive Chase” by Robert W. Smith. This piece was inspired by an actual event in American Civil War history.

Marshall Philharmonic is honored to musically offer the entire community five fresh and vibrant symphonic concerts each regular season, featuring world-class soloists, promising young artists and home-grown talent brought right to Marshall’s front door, free of charge.

These concerts are family-friendly and geared for mom, dad, the kids, and grandparents alike. Something for everyone is always included on each program. Our performers range in age from teenagers to great-grandparents, all sitting side by side, communicating as one through the “language of music.” Please join the Philharmonic in enjoying, supporting, and continuing this unique symphonic tradition.

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.

Richard Marshall, born and raised in Marshall, MO, is the son of retired Marshall music teacher, Mary Marshall, and the late Tom Marshall, a former area state representative.

Richard began playing trombone in 6th grade under the tutelage of Mr. Kevin Lines. By the time he graduated high school, Richard was a member of the MHS Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands, as well as a member of the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and Marshall Municipal Band.

Richard attended the University of Central Missouri to get a Bachelor’s in Music Education, studying with Dr. David Stagg, and a Master of Arts in bass trombone performance, studying with Mr. Roger Oyster. During his stay at UCM, Richard was a member of the UCM Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble 1, Jazz Ensemble 2, Marching Band, and Pep Band.

Richard is currently pursing a Performer’s Diploma at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. At IU, his primary lesson teachers are Mr. M. Dee Stewart and Mr. Jared Rodin. He is currently, or has been, a member of the IU Symphony Orchestra, Latin Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Trombone Choir.

The Marshall High School Orchestra also has accumulated recent state honors.

On Wednesday, April 1st, 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 14th consecutive year for the Marshall Orchestra to earn a I rating at the state event under the leadership of conductor Kevin Lines.

As always, MPO concerts are free to the public with a reception immediately following.

Related story:
Friends & Neighbors: (Richard) Marshall is music:  MHS grad rides trombone on journey to become music educator (Marshall Democrat-News, Feb. 1, 2012)

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.

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.