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The Oak Ridge Chorus Celebrates With John Rutter's "Gloria"

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John Rutter's Gloria was commissioned in 1974 by a community chorus similar in size to that of the Oak Ridge Chorus. It was Rutter's first US commission and the Gloria introduced Rutter's music to American audiences, thanks to choral conductor Mel Olson, who was the commissioner. An exuberant and celebratory piece, the choir is accompanied by an ensemble of eight brass, organ, and percussion. Often performed at Christmastime, the Oak Ridge Chorus, led by Seth O'Kegley, will present this work, along with several other holiday favorites, Saturday, December 7th at 7:30pm at St. Stephens Episcopal in Oak Ridge, 212 N Tulane Ave. Tickets and information at http://orcma.org

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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.