The Lake Arts Council and the Ozarks Amphitheater have combined efforts to host the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in a professional concert entitled “Strike Up the Band: Part 2” on Sunday evening, June 9th at 7:00.

The Lake Arts Council and the Ozarks Amphitheater have combined efforts to host the Missouri Symphony Orchestra in a professional concert entitled “Strike Up the Band: Part 2” on Sunday evening, June 9th at 7:00. Gates will open for general audiences at 6:00. The title of the program comes from the Symphony’s “Hot Summer Nights” event series in Columbia. Musicians from around the nation and several countries will entertain the audience with a variety of “pops” compositions in symphonic arrangements. Broadway performer Melissa Bohon,,with Missouri award winning tenor Jazz Rucker and New York night club and concert performer Will Sevedge, will provide vocals. Painters, string quartet musicians, and vocal groups will entertain audiences in the plaza area of the Amphitheater park as they enter and make their way to the seating area. Tickets are available from the Bridal Cave box office,

Ticketmaster on line (link provided at www.artsatthelake.com), at the Lake Arts Council office in the Stone Crest Mall, and from board members of the council. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for attendees wanting exclusive seating, special refreshments, and the opportunity to meet and talk with Conductor Kirk Trevor before the concert.

Founded in 1970 Hugo and Lucy Vianello, The Missouri Symphony is dedicated to enhancing and increasing the cultural awareness of classical music in the mid-Missouri region through high caliber performances by a fully professional orchestra and guest artists, and also encouraging and educating young musicians through the Missouri Symphony Conservatory, an educational program that nurtures the inner musician in each of its more than 120 instrumental and choral students.

Over the years, the Missouri Symphony has hosted, among others, Opera great Leontyne Price, world renowned pianist Andre Watts, popular singers Tony Bennett and Art Garfunkle, and well-known groups Asleep at the Wheel and the Texas Tenors.

Although started only as a chamber orchestra, the Missouri Symphony now consists of the Missouri Youth Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Youth Concert Band, Missouri String Project, Missouri Symphony Society Performing Arts Center, Missouri Symphony Pops, Piano Student Showcase, Conductors Workshop, Columbia Schools Partner in Education, and the Missouri Symphony Conservatory.

This growing and evolving musical enterprise will share the finest orchestral music that Lake audiences can expect to hear this year. The concert is sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts council, Farmers Insurance, and Community Foundation of the Lake.

For further information, contact the Ozarks Amphitheater or the Lake Arts Council at 573-964-6366.