Oak Ridge Symphony perform Sept 24

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to present the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Dan Allcott, in a performance of new music by East Tennessee composer Mark Harrell on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

The concert, entitled Pride of Place, is a celebration of Oak Ridge, especially recognizing the scientists and immigrants who founded this community. Commissioned by the JAZ Fund, Mark Harrell’s π to the Sky: Tribute to Discovery is a celebration of the post-WWII generation of Oak Ridge scientists and their numerous accomplishments. The concert will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with Peter Boyer’s moving narrated work, Ellis Island: The Dream of America.

“The concert Pride of Place gives us a chance to celebrate the uniqueness of Oak Ridge and the United States,” said Music Director, Dan Allcott. “That pride is alive and well as we celebrate a world premiere written for us by Mark Harrell – Pi to the Sky. The concert concludes with Ellis Island: The Dream of America, which was programmed to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. It is a celebration of the immigrant story which sits in the background of many of our families.”

“We are proud to partner with the National Park Service for this performance,” said Executive Director, Rachel Perkins. “To celebrate this special occasion, student groups and their adult chaperones will receive free admission to this performance.”

The Oak Ridge High School String Quartet will perform in the lobby before the concert, and patrons are invited to meet members of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra at a celebratory reception in the lobby after the performance.

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The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series. Subscription and individual tickets may be purchased online at www.ORCMA.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Photo courtesy ORCMA.