The fourth annual Oak Ridge Rock to Bach Music Festival is Saturday.
Rock to Bach is an all-day music festival presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association as a benefit for ORCMA music organizations, such as the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and the world-class Chamber Music Series.
Eighteen groups will perform this Saturday, playing pop, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk, jazz, Celtic, patriotic, Dixieland, swing, klezmer, and classical music.
The festival is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the New Hope Center near the main entrance to the Y-12 National Security Complex. The New Hope Center is next to Scarboro Road, just across from the intersection with Union Valley Road.
Among the performing groups and performers are the Tennessee Schmalz, Knoxville Youth Jazz Orchestra, Early Bird Special Band, Liz and Tim, Jack Russell and the Terriers, Kukuly and Gypsy Fuego, Walker Marema, Silver Winds Choir, and singers with the Oak Ridge Chorus who will perform selections from musicals, operas, and operettas.
A musical tribute to his late, renowned cello teacher at Indiana University will be presented by Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra Conductor Dan Allcott (on cello) with Tennessee pianist Josh Davis (who played a Rachmaninoff piano concerto with ORSO in 2012).
The performances will be in two venues: the auditorium and lobby. Each presentation will be approximately 25 minutes long.
The festival will include a silent auction. Attendees can purchase packaged snacks, beverages, and gourmet cakes.
Lunch will be catered. You can sit at a table and eat and drink while listening to music in the lobby.
The cost of the festival is $12 per person and $30 for a family of 3 or more persons. Children 12 years old and under will be admitted for free.
Attendees receiving a bracelet may leave and return as they please during the daylong festival. For more information, call the ORCMA office at (865) 483-5569 and visit the Rock to Bach page of the www.oakridgesymphony.com website.