OAK RIDGE, TN – Jan. 14, 2020 – The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association continues its 75th anniversary celebration, presenting special fundraising concerts and events plus five concerts in the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Music Series from February through May.
Top names headlining the remainder of the season include mandolin player Jeff Midkiff, ORSO Concertmaster Karen Kartal, violist Derek Reeves, double-bassist Edgar Meyer, violinist George Meyer, and guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima.
Karen Kartal performs “Concertmaster & Friends” with special guest Jeff Midkiff on the Chamber Music Series 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. The program is comprised of music by Franz Josef Haydn, Johannes Brahms and Jeff Midkiff, and also features cellist Dan Allcott, pianist Emi Kagawa, violist Sara Lee-Cho and violinist Lisa Muci Eckhoff.
Violist and violinist Derek Reeves guest solos with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra in music by Georg Philipp Telemann and William Grant Still 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Grove Theater. The orchestra fills the program, “Musical Firsts,” with music by internationally-acclaimed composers of color – Jessie Montgomery, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Daniel Bernard Roumain.
Famed Oak Ridge native, double bassist Edgar Meyer returns home to perform a fundraising concert for Oak Ridge Civic Music Association with his son, violinist George Meyer 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge. Adults are $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Tickets for 18-year-olds and younger are $15.
The Oak Ridge Chorus performs “Leap Year & Light Opera” led by Choral Director Seth O’Kegley 2 p.m. Feb. 29 at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge. The concert will include short scenes, solo arias, and choruses by Gilbert & Sullivan, Johann Strauss II, Leonard Bernstein and more. A catered luncheon is available for purchase during the first act of the concert.
The 8th annual Oak Ridge Civic Music Association All-Day Music Festival from Rock to Bach takes place 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 7 at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. Enjoy music of all genres performed by 18 local and regional groups on two stages. A silent auction and catered dinner top off the day. Adult tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets for youth 5-18 years old are $5. Dinner is $50.
In conjunction with Knoxville’s Classical Guitar Society, Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima on the Chamber Music Series 7:30 p.m. April 25 at Pollard Auditorium.
The season concludes with Music Director Dan Allcott leading the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in “Native Lands” 7:30 p.m. May 2 at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and “Symphony No. 3” bookend Jeff Midkiff’s performance of his Mandolin Concerto “From the Blue Ridge.”
Individual concert tickets may be purchased online, by phone/email, at the ORCMA office, at The Ferrell Shop in Jackson Square one week prior to each concert, or at the door. A discounted half-season subscription is available through January by calling 865-483-5569.
The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association thanks the Tennessee Arts Commission, UT-Battelle/ORNL, SpectraTech, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the Feldman Family, the Tom & Effie Carlson Estate, WUOT 91.9 FM, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and numerous advertisers, individual donors and in-kind donors for concert and event support.
The purchase of Tennessee Specialty License Plates funds arts programming throughout the state, including Oak Ridge Civic Music Association’s programming. For more information, visit www.tnspecialtyplates.org.
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Lisa Muci Eckhoff
Oak Ridge Civic Music Association