Rescheduled Jazz and Show Concert on Sunday

Deidre Ford

Deidre Ford

The Jazz and Show Concert that was rescheduled last weekend due to weather will now be held Sunday, March 1.

The concert by the Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble/Community Band will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

It will feature flute soloist RaNaye Dreier, trombone soloist Don Batchelor, vocalist Deidre Ford, and a return appearance of the Dixieland Ensemble. [Read more…]


International Festival is Saturday at Children’s Museum

Dancers at the International Festival at the Children's Museum of Oak Ridge

Dancers are pictured above at a previous International Festival at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. (Photo by Rob Welton)


The International Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 28, at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. The festival will include the same entertainment line-up, food, and culture booths originally set for last weekend.

It was postponed last weekend (Saturday, February 21) due to weather conditions.

The International Festival will feature entertainment, crafts, and cuisines from cultures around the world, with Spice of India Dancers as the featured performers. The family-friendly event will feature musical, song, and dance entertainment on stage throughout the day, international food and culture booths, and crafts for children to make. [Read more…]


A Taste of Ireland on Saturday features Irish food, drink, music, dancing

Shamrock Road

Shamrock Road will play at A Taste of Ireland on Saturday, February 28, in Oak Ridge.


A Taste of Ireland on Saturday will feature Irish food, drink, music, dancing, and a silent auction.

It’s presented by the Ulster Project of East Tennessee, and it’s scheduled from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at St. Mary’s Family Life Center in Oak Ridge.

The dinner will feature Irish specialties that include shepherd’s pie, potato and salmon pie, and lentil soup. Dessert will be just as special, with Bailey’s Irish Crème bars and Andes Mint Chocolate brownies, among other options, a press release said.

The silent auction will include a bed and breakfast getaway, a variety of gift baskets including a sandalwood fragrance basket donated by the Ferell Shop in Oak Ridge, and a basket of goodies and gift cards donated by the Casual Pint in Knoxville. [Read more…]



Saturday concert features Suchon Wind Quintet, pianist Otaki

Suchon Wind Quintet

Suchon Wind Quintet

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association’s Chamber Series continues Saturday with the initial U.S. appearance of one of the Slovak Republic’s premier chamber groups, the Suchon Wind Quintet, and pianist Michiko Otaki. The concert will be at 7:30 pm Saturday, February 21, in the ORAU Pollard Auditorium.

The group’s namesake, Eugen Suchoň, is one of the major classical composers of the 20th century, and his work made a significant contribution to the crystallization of Slovak national music. The Quintet had taken part in numerous European and international music festivals. [Read more…]

Taste of Ireland to feature Irish food, drink, music, dancing

Shamrock Road

Shamrock Road


A Taste of Ireland on Saturday, February 28, will feature Irish food, drink, music, dancing, and a silent auction.

It’s hosted by the Ulster Project of East Tennessee. It’s scheduled from 6-10 p.m. February 28 at St. Mary’s Family Life Center in Oak Ridge. The center is at 327 Vermont Avenue.

The pubs will open at 6 p.m., the buffet is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Shamrock Road will play music from 8-10 p.m.

The Ulster Project was started in 1975 as a way for Northern Irish and U.S. Catholic and Protestant teens to be involved in a project that allowed for opportunities to learn of the similarities and differences between their religious affiliations, as opposed to the prejudices, a press release said. [Read more…]

CASA’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Bash is Saturday


Ridge City Ramblers

The Ridge City Ramblers are pictured above. (File photo/submitted)



CASA of the Tennessee Heartland’s 12th Annual Barbeque and Bluegrass Bash is this Saturday. After all the snow and crazy weather, it’s time to get out of the house and have some fun!

Once again, the Ridge City Ramblers will be pickin’ and singin’ through the night, a delicious barbeque buffet will be provided, and the night will hold lots of entertainment. The event moves this year to an exciting new venue—205 Main (previously the Ray Viles Ford Building in Clinton).

A full barbeque buffet dinner (including pulled pork, grilled chicken, salad, mac and cheese, and baked beans—vegetarian option available) will be provided along with desserts, wine and beer bar, and moonshine tastings. Silent and live auctions include vacation packages, Raku Pottery from Bill Capshaw, fine jewelry, and many more exciting baskets and packages. [Read more…]

ORHS Ensemble, JazzKats have 1940s concert, dance party with ORHPA Friday

ORHS Ensemble with JazzKat Trumpeter


The Secret is Out, and Swing is In! If you’re In the Mood, catch the Choo Choo Ch’Boogie.

Jump off at Tuxedo Junction, and we’ll Sing, Sing, Sing to Minnie the Moocher!

Grab your Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and put on your dancing shoes.

Join the Oak Ridge High School Ensemble and JazzKats on Friday, February 13, at 7 p.m. at the Historic Grove Theater for a program of “swingin’ tunes and hot dancing that is sure to please all the hepcats in town.”

It’s a fundraising 1940s concert and dance party. [Read more…]

Celebrate love, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with Valentine’s Day at the Symphony

Violins and Oak Ridge Symphony


William Shakespeare once wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on.”

It is in that spirit that the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present “Valentine’s Day at the Symphony” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

The professional Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Dan Allcott, will present music by Cole Porter, Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.”

They will also be joined by the Oak Ridge Chorus, led by chorus conductor Seth Maples, for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music.” [Read more…]

Bursting the Blues Balloon Pop Concert to raise awareness of seasonal affective disorder

Ridge City Ramblers

The Ridge City Ramblers will play bluegrass and Americana music at the Bursting the Blues Balloon Pop Concert on Saturday. (File photo/submitted)


CONTACT Care Line of East Tennessee will host a Bursting the Blues Balloon Pop Concert on Saturday, February 7, to raise awareness of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

SAD is a subtype of major depression linked to seasonal changes, usually in fall and winter, but more infrequently in the summer, a press release said. SAD may account for one in five cases of depression, and three out of four cases affect women. An estimated 1.3 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal affective disorder, the press release said, citing a 2006 study. Some symptoms are depression, insomnia, weight loss, and anxiety.

“Commonly known as the ‘winter blues,’ SAD presents a serious health concern that, if left untreated, may lead to complications such as social withdrawal, substance abuse, or suicidal thoughts and behavior, the release said, citing a 2015 study. [Read more…]

Accordion, violin duo ‘Cricket and Snail’ to play at free concert Sunday

ORCMA Coffee Concert

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association will present its next coffee concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 8, at the Oak Ridge First Presbyterian Church at 1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The concert is free, and refreshments will be served at a reception following the performance.

James and Lucie Carlson performing on accordion and violin as the duo “Cricket and Snail” will play an eclectic mix of French, Celtic, klezmer, and even classical music for this unusual combination of instruments.

Organizers said “Cricket and Snail” has performed all over the world, and this concert provides a special opportunity to hear them play in Oak Ridge.

Free Family Symphony Sunday features guest violinist Hannah Shipstad

Hannah Shipstad

Hannah Shipstad

Special guest violinist Hannah Shipstad, 11-year-old winner of the Youth Aliyah competition in Oak Ridge, will play as a soloist with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra during its free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

Hannah will join the orchestra in “Spring” from “Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi. A small symphony orchestra will also perform the musical story of “Peter and the Wolf,” by Sergei Prokofiev.

The Children’s Museum, at 461 West Outer Drive, is offering free admission from 1-5 p.m. Sunday to support the concert. Children are invited to come early for paper puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. at the museum. [Read more…]

Cumberland Piano Trio plays at First United Methodist on Sunday, Jan. 18

Cumberland Piano Trio

Cumberland Piano Trio

The Cumberland Piano Trio will play at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 18.

“Oak Ridge Symphony’’s own piano trio (violinist Susan Eddlemon, cellist Dan Allcott, and pianist Emi Kagawa) join forces with New York composer Larry Spivack to present an exciting program, including a new work commemorating Oak Ridge’’s Spallation Neutron Source,” organizers said. “The program also includes Spivack’s ‘“Suite from ‘‘Puss in Boots’’ Ballet” and Schubert’’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major.”

The concert is presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. See the ORCMA website for more information.