String quartet to perform

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to present the Oak Ridge String Quartet in a romantic program on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Pollard Auditorium.

ORSO String Quartet

The Oak Ridge String Quartet includes Karen Kartal, Susan Eddlemon, Sara Matayoshi, and Stacy Nickell Miller. Photo submitted.

Violinist Karen Kartal has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, and has won first prize in many competitions, including the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition.  Karen was the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Knoxville Symphony until 2005 and she is currently Concertmaster of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.

Susan Lang Eddlemon, violin, is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City where she studied under Joseph Fuchs. She is the first woman violinist to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard.

Violist Sara Matayoshi has earned recognition for her artistry as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, making her solo debut with the Midwest Young Artist’s Orchestra in 2002.   Sara is a former member of the Chicago Civic, Madison Symphony, and Atlantic Symphony Orchestras. In addition to her musical activities, Sara is also a Forrest yoga teacher.

Stacy Nickell Miller, cellist, has performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 1998. She has been involved with award-winning outreach programs at schools, libraries, hospitals, and nursing homes. Stacy’s book entitled “Better than Cookies, as Good as Cake” was written to introduce young children to the string quartet, and to the joy of making music.

The Quartet will perform romantic classics by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Grieg.  Tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for young adults and youth (29 and under).

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series.  Call 865-483-5569.