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Dan Allcott Leads His Final Concert with the Oak Ridge Symphony

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Melony Dodson talks with 14-year-old cellist, Joshua Kovac and conductor, Dan Allcott

This Saturday night, Dan Allcott will lead his final performance as conductor and Music Director of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. Allcott has led the orchestra for twelve years and says that he felt that it was time for the organization to have fresh new ideas and leadership to take the orchestra to the next level. His final concert will feature a composition entitled Blink by Knoxville-based composer, Jorge Variego, Dvorak's Symphony No.8, and the Cello Concerto by Dvorak, which will be performed by fourteen-year-old cellist, Joshua Kovác. Based in Johnson City, Kovác performed the first movement of Edouard Lalo's Cello Concerto several years ago with the Oak Ridge Symphony after he won the Youth Aliyah Concerto Competition. You can see and hear Joshua perform a brief excerpt from the concerto here: https://youtu.be/VmAeyyeDZ2o

Maestro Allcott says he plans to spend more time on his job responsibilities in Cookeville, TN, where he teaches cello at Tennessee Tech University, and leads both the University Symphony Orchestra and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. He also says he hopes to play the cello a bit more than his schedule currently allows.

Get to know Joshua Kovác and hear Maestro Allcott reminisce about highlights during his twelve-year tenure in this interview with Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson.

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra's season finale concert will take place in the historic Grove Theatre in Oak Ridge on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm. Tickets and additional information are available at https://orcma.org/seasoncelebrations

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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