Join Maestro Dan Allcott for an overview of the ORCMA presentations on Monday afternoons before the Saturday concerts. A unique opportunity to gain a more in depth knowledge of the music and ask questions from the Director!
American Salute - Sound Company will join the Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus on stage to sing and dance in excerpts from works by Bernstein and Copland before turning the stage over to the orchestra for Dvorak’s “Symphony From the New World”. The concert will be performed by Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus & Sound Company on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Beethoven 9! - In a performance of Beethoven’s monumental Symphony no. 9, the Symphony will partner with the Oak Ridge Chorus with young voices from South Doyle High School and Pellissippi State Chorus as a rousing season finale. This concert will be performed by Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Pellissippi State CC Chorus & South Doyle High School Choir on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dan Allcott has been the Music Director of the Oak Ridge Symphony since 2010. Maestro Allcott continues to lead Oak Ridgers on a journey of musical discovery - honoring our traditions while bringing new works and performers to our audience. Well known throughout the Southeast as an educator and professional, he is Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Tennessee Tech University. In addition Maestro Allcott serves as Music Director and Conductor for the Bryan Symphony, and recently accepted a position as Artistic Advisor for Eastport Strings in Maine.
Two sessions: Mondays, 4:00 – 5:10 p.m., March 7; April 11
This course is a continuation of the course from Fall 2015. The instructor, who has attended five live Wagner Ring cycles and numerous other Wagner operas, will share his DVD collection of lectures and musical excerpts.
This course should appeal to European history buffs since much of the lecture time is devoted to the historical context of Germany and this difficult man. Wagner’s music (with excerpts) will be put into this historical context.
Dan Robbins retired from B&W Y-12 in 2013 after 47 years of company service. At Y-12 he was the director of the analytical laboratories. He is a chemistry graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill and a Princeton PhD.
Eight sessions: Mondays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., February 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28
Hear, touch, and experience steelpans, aka “steel drums.” Humor, history, and information will be presented by the leader, whose experience includes travels from Atlanta to Trinidad covering a timespan from the 1980s to 2000s. Doug has participated in solo, band, and parade gigs. See steelpans built by Butch Kelman of the Trinidad Big 3. Be playing a tune in 60 seconds on the only acoustic instrument known to have been invented in the 20th century!
Recommended reading before class (but not required): “Steelpan” in Wikipedia, and/or “Ring of Steel” by Cy Grant and/or “Steel Drums and Steelbands” by Angela Smith.
Doug LaVerne has played gigs around the country, solo and with steel groups from 1987 – 2014, most recently Mystic Seaport, CT SUUSI (Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute), and Pellissippi State. He has participated in several parades and also given presentations to kids and various civic groups.
Four sessions: Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:10 p.m., April 7, 14, 21, 28
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