The Southern Symphony Orchestra will open its 2017-18 season with a program featuring winners of the Missouri Southern Music Department’s annual Concerto/Aria competition.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 in Taylor Performing Arts Center on the MSSU campus.  Admission is free and no tickets are required.

Soprano Miranda Duncan, Neosho, will perform an aria from Massenet’s opera Herodiade. Trumpeter William Roach, Columbia, SC, will perform Telemann’s Concerto in D.

Other popular works on the program will include Bizet’s Suite No. 2 from the incidental music to the play L’Arlesienne, Berlioz’ “Hungarian March” from The Damnation of Faust, and the colorful “Carousel Waltz” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein hit show, Carousel.

Duncan is a senior music performance major at MSSU. She studies as a lyrical soprano under Dr. Susan K. Smith. She is currently a member of the MSSU Chamber Singers and, last year, played her first professional role with the Heartland Opera Theatre as Gianetta in Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

Roach is a senior music major at MSSU. He was a semi-finalist in the large ensemble division of the National Trumpet Competition and a 2017 winner of the Concerto/Aria competition at MSSU.  He also has performed for the Heartland Opera and for Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” He has been has been a member of the Gainesville (FL) Pops, the University of South Carolina Marching Band and the Madison (SC) Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. His primary instructors include Freddie Green, Gary Langford, David Alison, and Jason Ortiz.

The Southern Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Macomber.

For more information, contact (417) 625-9318 or email .