The Southern Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will present its final concert of the 2015-16 season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

Robin Sisk

Robin Sisk

One portion of the concert will focus on the largest of the brass instruments, the tuba.

Under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Macomber, the program will open with Leonard Bernstein’s rollicking overture to the operetta “Candide,” followed by a delightful minuet “Will O the Wisps” by Hector Berloiz from his massive work titled “The Damnation of Faust.”

Robin Sisk, visiting professor of music, will join the SSO as tuba soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra in F minor.”

Orchestra director Macomber says the tuba is a relatively “young” instrument, compared to others in an orchestral setting.

“It was developed in the 1830s,” he says. “It started in military bands and orchestras in Europe but has grown in popularity to become a standard band and orchestral instrument.”

Macomber says in most cases, symphony orchestras that feature more than a hundred instruments will have only one tubist.

Sisk earned a master’s in music in tuba performance from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s of music in music education from West Virginia University.

In addition to being featured as a soloist with brass bands and university ensembles, her solo and chamber highlights include the International Women’s Brass Conference, the NASA Region 6 Conference, regional ITEA conferences, and a two-time semi-finalist for the International Tuba Euphonium Quartet Competition. She is currently completing the final stages of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Conn.

The concert will conclude with Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5 in D minor” – traditionally called the “Reformation” symphony.

The performance is free and open to the public.