ORCMA presents a concert of chamber music and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra


The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association continues its 2021-2022 concert series with a performance by the Cumberland Piano Trio on Saturday February 5 and the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra with soloist Theodore Kartal on Saturday February 19.

Dan Allcot

Both concerts will be held at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge and begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Cumberland Piano Trio will present a pre-concert talk starting at 7 p.m. In line with ORCMA’s strategic plan, both concerts feature music by composers from bands underrepresented in the music industry. Individual tickets are available online at orcma.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Young people aged 18 and under attend all concerts free of charge by subscription.

The Cumberland Piano Trio includes pianist Emi Kagawa, violinist Karen Kartal and cellist Dan Allcott performing music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Clara Schumann and Arthur Foote.

“The chamber music series remains a unique gem in the East TN area,” said series president Bill Schwenterly. “The Cumberland Piano Trio is an East Tennessee area favorite band.”

Other spring concerts include the Harlem Quartet in March and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in April. Support for the Chamber Music Series is generously provided by the Tom & Effie Carlson Estate, the Feldman Family, Korsmeyer Endowment & Consulting, Spectra Tech Inc. and individual donors.

Led by Music Director Dan Allcott, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Béla Bartók, Ernst Bloch, Jessie Montgomery and Peter Warlock. Allcott will present a class on Monday, February 14, 2022 to discuss the pieces from the concert, according to a press release. Contact the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning for more information.

“The repertoire is slightly different from our originally planned schedule, but circumstances have dictated a change that will no doubt keep you on the edge of your seat,” said Music Director Dan Allcott. “It is an honor to feature our principal cellist Theodore Kartal in Ernst Bloch’s magnificent “Prayer” from Jewish Life; and, of course, the concert continues our commitment to diversity and community.

All ORCMA subscription concerts include music by at least one composer or arranger from an underrepresented group — especially composers of color and women, according to a statement. Donations in support of ORCMA’s diverse programming are greatly appreciated. Information can be found at ORCMA.org or by calling (865) 483-5569.

All ORCMA concerts and activities are created under regularly assessed health and safety protocols. Currently, all spectators must wear a mask and practice social distancing. Ushers will assist in seating. The musicians will also be masked and distanced.

ORCMA is grateful for the support provided through advertisements, sponsorships, individual donations, grants, bequests and corporate funding. Funding and corporate support for the 2021-2022 ORCMA season is generously provided by UT-Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Spectra Tech Inc., First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge Breakfast Rotary Club Foundation, Oak Ridge Fund for Achieving Community Excellence, Tennessee Arts Commission & TN Specialty Plates, National Endowment for the Arts, Oak Ridge Public Library, ORICL, Klabunde Trust, and many generous donors.

Emi Kagawa

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