The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association – home of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Chamber Music Series – will present its 2022-2023 season in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge.
“It’s an extraordinary season that features our four imaginative music director finalists, four outstanding special guest artists, an astounding lineup of chamber music concerts and three choir concerts of varying musical styles and genres led by Director of chorus Brenda Luggie,” director director Lisa Muci Eckhoff said in a press release announcing the full season. “Each Music Director finalist – Régulo Stabilito, Kevin Class, Wilbur Lin and Ian Passmore – will be in Oak Ridge for the week leading up to their concert, speaking at service clubs, meeting with students and the public, and more. ORCMA board member Joan-Ellen Zucker will help us learn more about these finalists in the articles she writes based on interviews with them. »
The special guests who will be at Oak Ridge are the soloists who will perform at the finalists’ concerts.
On August 28, clarinetist Nickolas Hamblin will perform Aaron Copland’s iconic Clarinet Concerto written for jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman. On September 18, William Shaub, Knoxville’s favorite violinist, will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. On October 30, dramatic soprano NaGuanda Nobles will sing music from Beethoven’s opera, Fidelio, in addition to Nkeiru Okoye’s “I am Moses.” Finally, on November 20, pianist Clare Longendyke is featured in Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Peanuts Gallery Piano Concerto, inspired by some of our favorite characters from Charles M. Schulz, Schroeder, Linus, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucia, Peppermint Patty and Marcie.
The chamber music series will feature the Atlanta-based Summit Piano Trio on January 14, 2023; a jazzy evening with concertmaster Karen Kartal & Friends, including Knoxville composer and saxophonist Marcel Holman on February 4, 2023; the Seraph Brass Quintet on March 25, 2023; and Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Galbraith on May 5, 2023.
“Once again we are fortunate to welcome world-class musicians to perform in Oak Ridge,” said President Bill Schwenterly.
Following performances in each of the Music Directors‘ finalist concerts, the Oak Ridge Chorus will collaborate with the Roane Choral Society for “A Holiday Celebration” on December 3 performing music by John Rutter, Cecilia McDowall, and more.
“Celebrating New Directions,” March 4, 2023, features the choirs and guest choirs in a performance of André Thomas’ Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy. The Oak Ridge Choir wraps up ORCMA’s season on May 20 with a big community event, “The Big Screen on the Big Stage!”
Choir director Brenda Luggie described choir season as “the one you don’t want to miss!
From Rock to Bach
The ORCMA Fundraising Committee is delighted to announce the return of the one-day Rock to Bach Music Festival, Auction & Fundraising Dinner on February 18, 2023. Lois McKeever, the event organizer, wrote “Attendees will enjoy the event’s original format with a new twist or two. Mark your calendars!
Season passes and individual tickets go on sale the week of August 8. Subscription prices remain frozen. Subscription concerts are free for young people 18 and under, and every young person who attends the four Music Director concerts this fall can have a free metronome to further their interest in music. Call (865) 483-5569 or visit https://orcma.org for more information.
ORCMA’s 2022-23 concert season, New Directions: Year of the Conductor, also includes the Free Family Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo on April 16, 2023 at Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. Free café-concerts will be announced. Call (865) 483-5569 or the ORCMA website for information and updates.