The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial, its 100th anniversary, during a season-opening concert in September.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park, a new national park that includes Oak Ridge, is partnering with the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, or ORCMA, for the special celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The centennial will be celebrated Saturday, September 24.
It’s the 72nd season-opening concert for the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.
The September concert, titled “Pride of Place,” will celebrate Oak Ridge’s scientific heritage with an exciting world premiere by East Tennessee composer Mark Harrell commissioned by the JAZ Fund to honor the post-World War II generation of scientists in Oak Ridge, a press release said. The concert will conclude with Peter Boyer’s powerful and moving “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” for narrator and orchestra.
Led by Maestro Dan Allcott, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. September 24 at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.
ORCMA is a participant in the Penny4Arts program and offers free admission for students who are 18 and under to all Oak Ridge symphony and chorus performances. In addition, for this special concert celebrating the National Park Service, adult chaperones accompanying student groups may also receive a free ticket.
Tickets for adults are $25, and young adults, ages 19-29, are $10.
Founded in 1948, ORCMA serves as the umbrella organization for the professional Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Chorus, Chamber Music Series, and the Coffee Concert Series. ORCMA provides quality music to the people of Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities, promotes opportunities for participation in the performance or music, and assists in the music education of people of all ages, through its multiple concert series, the free Family Concert, and other outreach activities, the press release said.
For more information, visit www.orcma.org or call the ORCMA office at (865) 483-5569.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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