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Transformation & Triumph: Music inspires change for the better

Melony Dodson talks with Maestro Regulo Stabilito and chorus director, Sarah Henrich, about the Oak Ridge Symphony's 79th season finale, Transformation and Triumph.

The Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus presents, as its 79th season finale, a program titled "Transformation & Triumph." The performance is on Sunday, April 28th at 3pm at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. On the program is "Overture for the Dedication of a Nuclear Reactor" by Arthur Roberts, "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" by Joel Thompson, and the Symphony No.5 by Dmitry Shostakovich.

The Overture by Roberts was first performed by the Oak Ridge Symphony in 1952. The piece uses music to represent the chemical and molecular interactions that occur within a nuclear reactor. Thompson's "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" is a cantata written in 2014 that draws inspiration from the final words of seven unarmed black men, whose lives were lost to racial injustice. Shostakovich's timeless Symphony No.5 is a work of emotional depth that explores themes of struggle, oppression and triumph.

As explained in this interview, the program explores the idea of the transformation of humankind to triumph over the challenges that we are all facing together today. By using music as the inspiration to change society for the better, Stabilito and Henrich hope that this concert will spark conversations within our community.

Tickets and additional information available at https://orcma.vbotickets.com/event/orso__orc_transformation__triumph/102991

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.