The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association recently received a $20,800 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission for the 2012-13 season.
The money is being used to help support Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus concerts, which can cost $10,000 apiece.
ORSO consists of many professional musicians from Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and the surrounding area. The conductor of ORSO is Dan Allcott, who teaches conducting at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.
Created in 1967, the Tennessee Arts Commission is mandated by the General Assembly to stimulate and encourage the presentation of performing, visual, and literary arts throughout the state, and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee.
Through a variety of programs, the TAC has encouraged excellence in artistic expression through the state’s artists and arts organizations. That commitment has continued to expand through the years to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee have access to, and the opportunity to participate in, the arts.