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The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra Opens Its Season With "Nativelands, Take 2"


The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus opens its 2021-2022 subscription series concerts with Nativelands, Take 2, a program featuring music by Jean Sibelius, Jeff Midkiff, and Kathryn Bostic. This concert will be given on Sunday, October 10th at 3pm in the Oak Ridge High School's Performing Arts Center. Most of the music on Nativelands, Take 2 was originally programmed for a performance that was to take place in the Spring of 2020. Like all other performances that Spring, it was postponed due to Covid-19.  "Nativelands" refers to music that reflects one's home country. Jean Sibelius is known as a "nationalistic" composer and the symphony will perform two of his works on Sunday afternoon: Finlandia and the Symphony No.3 in C Major. The program will open with an exciting fanfare by African American composer, Kathryn Bostic, entitled Portrait of a Peaceful Warrior. Bostic is the 2020-2023 Artist in Residence of the Chicago Sinfonietta. Rounding out the first half of the program will be the mandolin concerto From the Blue Ridge, by American composer, mandolinist, and music educator, Jeff Midkiff. Midkiff will be the soloist in this uniquely American work that combines elements of Bluegrass and Classical. 

Additionally, Midkiff will lead a free improvisation workshop on Saturday, October 9th at 2pm. Taking place in the lobby of Oak Ridge High School's Performing Arts Center, this workshop is open to anyone, regardless of instrument or experience level. No sign-up is necessary.  

Learn more about the music, as well as the soloist, Jeff Midkiff, in this informative and interesting interview with Maestro Dan Allcott! Tickets and information are available online at https://orcma.org/nativelandstake2

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.