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Celebrating 75 Years, The Oak Ridge Symphony Is The Oldest Continually-Performing Orchestra In TN

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra (ORSO) is having a party this week and you're invited! Founded in 1944 by cellist, conductor, and scientist, Waldo Cohn, the ORSO is the oldest continually-performing orchestra in Tennessee.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) will be hosting several events this week to celebrate, but the culminating event is Sunday afternoon's gala concert and reception, which will be at 3pm at Oak Ridge High School's Performing Arts Center. On the program is John Adams' "Dr. Atomic Symphony", Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea", and selections from "South Pacific", which will feature the Oak Ridge Chorus, led by Seth O'Kegley. Also joining the celebratory performance is Oak Ridge's youth ensemble, Sound Company, which is directed by Katy Wolfe.

Other events taking place this week include:

  • October 18: Jackson Square's "Late 'til 8 with musicians in the square"-- a fundraiser with live music provided in Jackson Square from 6-8pm
  • October 19: Beer release party at Crafter's Brew: Dr. Hoptomic. Meet and greet members of the orchestra and conductor, Dan Allcott.
  • October 20: Gala concert and reception at Oak Ridge High School, 3pm

Tickets and information at http://orcma.org


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.