Those attending the Sedalia Symphony Monday evening will be treated to the music of area string students and also to a performance of tenor and guest artist Steven Tharp, assistant professor of voice at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
“Steven Tharp is a dynamic entertainer, who has performed on Broadway, Europe and South America, just to name a few of the countries,” Sedalia Symphony Conductor Gwen Kappelman said. “He is an entertainer that you will enjoy.”
Tharp will be accompanied by Anthony Hernandez on piano and will sing selections from Franz Schubert, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others.
“The Sedalia Symphony will perform the first half of the program and then they will be joined by the Sedalia (School District) 200 string students and area string students for the last two numbers of the concert.
“They have been practicing with their teachers since January,” she added.
Rehearsal for the area string students has been progressing well.
“We had most of the students come to a rehearsal on Monday night and they did a very good job,” Kappelman noted. “We will be expecting great things during the concert.”
Music teachers who have worked with the string students are Mike Moellman, with Sedalia School District 200, and private instructors Barbara Schrader, Sarah Love and Hannah Wagenknecht.
A patriotic theme of America is scheduled for Monday’s performance.
“We are doing ‘America Salute’ and we are doing the finale to the ‘New World Symphony,’” she said. “‘The New World Symphony’ was about the new country at the time and that was America.”
“American Salute” was written by Morton Gould (1913-1996) and “Symphony No. 9 in E Minor from the New World Symphony, 4th Movement ” was written by Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904).
“Our third number is ‘Give My Regards to George,’ which recognizes music by George M. Cohan,” Kappelman said. “Then the students are going to play ‘American Fiddle Triptych,’ and the last one is called ‘Freedom Finale.’
“So it is more-or-less an American theme,” she added. “I did that because I taught school and in February we always did patriotic music, so I wanted to do that this time.”
The last Sedalia Symphony performance for the season is in April.
“April is our scholarship performance,” Kappelman said. “There will be two scholarship winners of the Harold J. Johnston Memorial Scholarship.”
The Sedalia Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Smith-Cotton High School Heckart Performing Arts Center, 2010 Tiger Pride Blvd. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.