The Oak Ridge Community Band will begin the 2019-2020 indoor concert season with a new venue for October and a new free admission policy.
“Oak Ridge residents are familiar with the tradition of free outdoor concerts during the summer seasons, but now the indoor Community Band concerts will also be free,” a press release said. “As the Community Band’s gift to the Oak Ridge community, there will be no admission fee for ORCB concerts. Instead, the Community Band will rely on donations to help with band expenses.”
The public is encouraged to go online at www.orcb.org to see the 2019-2020 concert schedule from October through April and also to learn how to become a donor to ORCB, the press release said.
ORCB will begin its 2019-2020 indoor series concerts with a new venue: Sacred Heart Cathedral at 711 South Northshore Drive in Knoxville.
This concert, titled “Dreams in Sound” will be held on Sunday, October 6, at 6 p.m.
During the concert, ORCB will have a guest conductor, Walt Otey, who will direct the band in the performance of William Schuman’s “When Jesus Wept.” Otey, a graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in music education, has been a percussionist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Muncipal Band, the Asheville North Carolina Community Band as a featured soloist, and with the Tennessee Wind Symphony. He is currently a permanent deacon with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville and is the director of evangelization and faith formation at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville.
Also during the concert, ORCB band director Shaun Salem will conduct his arrangement of “Salvation is Created,” Tschaikowsky’s “Marche Slave,” Frank Ticheli’s “Amazing Grace,” and Morton Gould’s “American Salute.” In addition, ORCB will perform G. Rossini’s “Semiramide” and Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral,” the press release said.
The Oak Ridge Community Band holds weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings at the First Baptist Church at 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Interested area musicians who would like to join the band can call (865) 220-2773 for more information. You can also find more information about ORCB on Facebook at www.facebook/OakRidgeCommunityBand.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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