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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.

"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.

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.

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.