Oak Ridge Symphony features soprano

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Dan Allcott, celebrates its 73rd season with “Motor City, Mother Goose, Glitter, and Gloria!” on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. The Oak Ridge Chorus, led by Jaclyn Johnson, will join the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra for Francis Poulenc’s sacred choral work, Gloria.

The opener for the 73rd season of the Oak Ridge Symphony will also feature American soprano, Alison Trainer, as soloist for Poulenc’s Gloria, in addition to music by Verdi, Bernstein, and more. Photo submitted.

Coloratura soprano Alison Trainer is a gifted singing actress, who has garnered top prizes in several major vocal competitions and is increasingly gaining recognition for her vocal beauty, sensitive and intelligent musicianship, and compelling stage presence. Alison recently received glowing reviews for her European debut as Fiakermilli in Arabella in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The St. Galler Nachrichten raved, “Completely amazing were the vocal acrobatics of Fiakermilli, sung by Alison Trainer with virtuosic and sparkling coloratura.”

“I am so pleased to reconnect with soprano, Alison Trainer, who has just started a new teaching position at Furman University after several years singing roles at the Opera House in St. Gallen, Switzerland,” said Music Director, Dan Allcott. “In addition to her featured role as soloist in the Gloria, Trainer will sing two solo arias – one from a Verdi opera, and the other, a laugh-out-loud romp from Bernstein’s Candide entitled ‘Glitter and Be Gay’”.

The concert will also feature Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and music by celebrated American composer, Jonathan Bailey Holland. “Mr. Holland and I met when I conducted a world premiere of his music with the Dallas Symphony in 2004,” said Dan Allcott. “Since then, I have championed his works. Motor City Remix combines the rhythms and sounds of Motown in a classical remix. It’s always an audience favorite!”

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is a proud participant in the Penny4Arts program. All students, 18 & under, may attend any Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Music concert for free during the 2017-18 season. General admission is $25; a discounted young adult ticket (ages 19-29) is available for $10.

Alison Trainer’s appearance with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra is made possible with generous support from Ms. Norma Woy. Music rentals for the Symphony are made possible with generous support from Mr. James Rome. Additional support for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and WUOT 91.9 FM.

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.

**Attached images: Alison Trainer; Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra; WUOT 91.9 FM; Tennessee Arts Commission