Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra

The city of Oak Ridge, TN was essentially born out of a need to solve a problem. Established in 1942 as a production and development site for the Manhattan Project, scientists came to live and work in this small town where the atomic bomb would be developed. Not long after arriving in Oak Ridge, one scientist, Waldo Cohn, a cellist, felt the need to play chamber music with some of his colleagues. Out of this grew the Oak Ridge Symphonette, which would later become the Oak Ridge Symphony, conducted by Cohn.

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.

How do we reply to violence? What can we do to make the world a better place? In 1963, following the assasination of JFK, Leonard Bernstein gave a speech in which he commanded musicians to respond by creating the most intensely beautiful music that they could possibly make. Because in a world of violence, music is a necessary healer for the heart and soul. Bernstein's words are now famous: "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." 

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus begins its 2017/2018 season with a concert featuring "playful" music. The program is diverse and entertaining and is sure to please.

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 Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus are presenting an all-Mozart concert this Saturday night at 7:30pm. The concert will be given at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge and features violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz as soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5.  Also performed on the concert is the Divertimento in F Major, K.138 and the Coronation Mass.

In this interview, music director Dan Allcott gives delightfully interesting background information about each piece and discusses the "youthful" Mozart. 

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.

The Oak Ridge Symphony kicks off its 2016-17 season this Saturday evening with a concert that features music celebrating both the history of immigration to the United States, as well as the contributions of post WWII scientists in our very own Oak Ridge, TN.  The theme of the program is "Pride of Place." The works being presented are: "Pi to the Sky: Tribute to Discovery", a world premiere by East TN composer Mark Herrell; Peter Boyer's "Ellis Island: The Dream of America", which sets actual text by Ellis Island immigrants to music; and Felix Mendelssohn's concert overture "Calm Sea and Pr

This Saturday, May 7th, The Aspen String Trio and flutist, Eugenia Molier, will give a concert at 7:30pm at Pollard Auditorium in Oak Ridge. This world-renowned ensemble has been performing together for 20 years and will present works by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Richard Strauss, and Gideon Klein.

Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, chats with the cellist of the group, Michael Mermagen. They discuss the founding of the group, their collaboration with Eugenia Moliner, and have an in-depth conversation about the music that they are presenting on the program.