Students star in Sunday’s concert

Family Living Editor

This season’s Iola Area Symphony Orchestra boasts a diverse cross section of seasoned performers intertwined with a group of young, talented musicians.
“It is so great to see younger people joining the orchestra,” said symphony member Julie Tidd.
Tidd has been a member of the orchestra since 1984, when she moved to Iola to fill the position of band director at Iola High School.
IHS violin students Alexa Fawson, Skylar Strickler, Cassie Cooper, Claire Ken-yon, Bryanna Payne and Chris Michaels will show off their skills during Sunday’s 3 p.m. performance at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
Other Iola High students playing in the orchestra are Christopher Brookes on cello, Jasmine Bannister and Chris Harrington on bassoon and McKenzie Schubert on piano.
Conductor for the symphony is Dr. Gregory E. Turner of Fort Scott, who is beginning his 17th year with the orchestra.
Turner joined the faculty of Fort Scott Community College in 1986, became head of the music department in 1991 and chairman of the Division of Communication and Fine Arts in 2001. He also serves as music director at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott.

THE FIRST HALF of Sunday’s program will feature music from “Symphony No. 5” by Mendelssohn.
During the second half, the IHS students will join the orchestra to play compositions by Handel/Gordon, Haydn/Gordon and orchestra pieces from “The Sound of Music.”
Soloist Travis Laver will play “Sonata for Trumpet” following intermission.
Laver, a graduate of Pittsburg State University, is employed as associate superintendent in charge of technology for the Pleasanton School District.
While in college, Turner was the principal trumpet in the Southeast Kansas Symphony and University Symphonic Band, as well as a member of numerous college bands. He also has performed with professional musicians including Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton.
The orchestra features musicians from Iola, Neodesha, Fort Scott, Overland Park, Chanute, Pleasanton, Moran and Uniontown.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $3 for adults. Students and children will be admitted free of charge.