The 2016–2017 ORCMA Season will commence with a special concert featuring Ellis Island: The Dream of America by Peter Boyer. It features stories about how our ancestors arrived in America. Also on the program will be a specially commissioned piece by Mark Harrell about scientists in Oak Ridge after World War II.
The world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine will be in residence at Oak Ridge for a week. She debuted with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, and was the first American and youngest ever gold medal winner of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. The Washington Post wrote that she "displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon." Rachel will perform the Dvořák Violin Concerto with the Oak Ridge Symphony, and then do a solo recital for the Chamber Series. In addition, she will visit local schools, hold Master Classes, and perform a Rock Concert!
In addition to the aforementioned recital, Oak Ridge Chamber Series will feature The Poulenc Trio (bassoon, oboe, piano), and the group Fandango, which features flutist Eugenia Moliner who appeared this season with the Aspen Trio. Finally, our own Cumberland Trio will perform.
|Dan Allcott, Music Director and Conductor|
Welcome to the exciting 2015-16 season of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus! We will thrill you with a variety of music, talent from Tennessee, and beyond. Alongside lesser known works and unique semi-staged productions, you will hear major masterpieces by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak. I believe that the uniqueness of Oak Ridge must be reflected in our artistic work. We continue to build new connections and celebrate the talent around us. We continue to honor the tradition of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association’s long-standing efforts to bring great music to our community. Join us as we move forward with the exciting 2015-16 season!
Oak Ridge’s own Edgar Meyer, the world-renown bassist and composer, is a surprise (and welcome!) addition to ORCMA’s season: 7:30 PM Thursday June 9th at First United Methodist Church. He will be joined by his violinist son George in a program of original and traditional works.
Edgar joined with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor on the disc Appalachia Waltz, topping the U.S. pop charts for 16 weeks, a collaboration that later earned a Grammy Award. His Goat Rodeo Sessions were performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Tanglewood. He also collaborates regularly with Joshua Bell, Béla Fleck;, Sam Bush, Emanuel Ax, Chris Thile, and Mike Marshall.
George Meyer, 23, plays the violin and writes music. He has performed his own compositions at Chamber Music Northwest, the Telluride and RockyGrass Bluegrass Festivals, and the Savannah Music Festival. In 2016, Ensemble Quodlibet premiered his Concerto Grosso, scored for string orchestra with solo string quartet, in New York City. Meyer's other performance appearances include the Rome Chamber Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. He has appeared with his father Edgar Meyer, and with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Mike Marshall.
His violin teachers have included Stephen Miahky, Lucy Chapman, Jennifer Frautschi, Naoko Tanaka, Carolyn Huebl, and Carol Smith. He graduated from Harvard in 2015 with a degree in English. In the fall of 2016, he will begin a master's degree in violin at Juilliard, where he will study with Laurie Smukler and Naoko Tanaka.