Oak Ridge Civic Music Association

"Like father like son"

Award-winning double-bassist and composer, Edgar Meyer, says he was most influenced by his father, Edgar Meyer, Sr. who founded and directed the string program for Oak Ridge City schools for decades. Edgar Meyer, Sr. established the importance of learning music in school, a legacy that continues today. And now, Edgar Jr.'s son George joins the lineage, in his own right, as a violinist and composer.

Derek Reeves began playing the violin shortly before the age of three. His mother was a violinist and his father, a jazz saxophonist as well as a military officer. Being a military family, the Reeves moved around quite a bit, but music was always a constant in their lives. Derek excelled at the violin at a young age and decided to pursue it as a profession, eventually making the switch to viola, as he found that the larger-sized instrument felt more comfortable.

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.

Sergio Yazbek

The world-renowned chamber ensemble, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, will perform with the virtuoso and innovative guitarist, JIJI, Sunday afternoon at 3pm in Oak Ridge's Pollard Auditorium. Founded in 1982, the Mexican-based quartet has over 80 albums to their name and two Latin Grammys. Proponents of Latin American chamber music, they have premiered over 100 works written for them and continue to commission new music from emerging composers.

Inner Voices in Oak Ridge

Feb 15, 2019
Matt Wilkinson

The Inner Voices String Quartet will be performing Sunday evening at the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge at 7:30. Ace Edewards talks with Ruth Bacon and Sarah Barker Ringer about the history of the group and their choice of repertoire.

Internationally acclaimed cellist, Mark Koswer, will be in residency with the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association (ORCMA) November 1st through the 4th. His residency will include masterclasses for cello students, a chamber music recital, and a concerto performance with the Oak Ridge Symphony. Mr. Kosower is principal cellist with The Cleveland Orchestra, teaches at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and is also an active recording artist and soloist. Notably, he is the first cellist to have recorded all of the works for solo cello by Alberto Ginastera (recording for the Naxos label). 

World-renowned clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman, and his son, Peter John Stoltzman, who is an incredible pianist and arranger, are presenting a concert in Oak Ridge, this Saturday evening at 7:30pm at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. Richard is a two-time Grammy award winner, has more than forty recordings to his name, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax, to name just a few. Peter John has performed all over the world with jazz, funk, and fusion artists, and is currently head of the piano program at the University of Colorado, Denver.

The Oak Ridge Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents a concert of "Chamber Delights" this Saturday evening, February 11th, at 7:30pm. The program will be presented at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge and will feature two soloists from within the orchestra: cellist, Ihsan Kartal and oboist, Ayca Yayman. Newly appointed chorus direction, Dr. Jaclyn Johnson, will conduct the Oak Ridge Chorus in Faure's "Pavane."  Also on the concert is music of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and Leos Janacek.  More information is available at orcma.org

The Chicago-based chamber group, Fandango! will present a concert this Saturday night at 7:30 at Oak Ridge's Pollard Auditorium. The group, with its unusual instrumentation of guitar, flute, violin, and cello, performs a spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical music.  All four members have performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and are multi-award-winning musicians.