All concerts will be held at Pollard Auditorium on the campus of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, except for the bonus Isotone concert, which will be held in the auditorium of Pellissippi State Technical Community College off Hardin Valley Road. The bonus concert is free for subscribers to the Chamber Music Series.
The Oak Ridge Chamber Music Series has a reputation for bringing world-class string quartets, piano trios, and wind groups to East Tennessee.
You may subscribe to the Chamber Music Series 2012-2013 season by following the link below.
|Sat., Sept. 29, 2012, 7:30 p.m.||Blair String Quartet Pollard Auditorium|
One of Tennessee's most eminent chamber music ensembles, the Blair String Quartet at Vanderbilt University has appeared at many major venues and on National Public Radio. The Houston Post comments that the Blair String Quartet "is capable of nearly flawless performances characterized by personal commitment, a keen intellectual grasp of even the most complicated scores and a wide range of tonal capabilities."
|Sat., Nov. 3, 2012, 7:30 p.m.||Tesla String Quartet Pollard Auditorium|
|In May 2012 the Tesla Quartet won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Formed in 2008, the Tesla Quartet quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York. A reviewer at the London Evening Standard made this comment about a recent performance of the Quartet: "This was a subtly colored performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion." The Quartet will be joined by clarinetist Wonkak Kim for Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major.|
|Sat., Jan. 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m.||Isotone Concert Pellissippi State Community College|
| "Isotone captured the excitement, energy, and humor, as well as the dangers, of physics." -- from review of New York City debut last fall posted in "I Care If You Listen"|
The Isotone Concert (where music and physics collide) will honor Russian physicist Andrei Sakharov, who spearheaded the development of the hydrogen bomb for the Soviet Union. The Isotone concert will include the world premiere of Sakharoviana, a commissioned work by Andrew Sauerwein, composer-in-residence at Belhaven University, Jackson, MS. Other works on the program are classical pieces by Bach, Prokofiev, and Scriabin, as well as a new composition for piano by Scott Eddlemon, the creative force behind the Isotone Concerts. Eddlemon, percussionist, and his wife Susan, violinist, will be joined by Emi Kagawa, pianist, in performing both traditional and modern works using a unique ensemble of instruments. The Eddlemons both have music degrees from the Juilliard School in New York City and perform with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra.
|Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m.||Oak Ridge Symphony String Quartet Pollard Auditorium|
|Talented Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra violinists Karen Kartal and Susan Eddlemon, violist Sara Cho, and cellist Ihsan Kartal will play Prokofiev's String Quartet No. 2, written during the Nazis' invasion of the Soviet Union, and Schumann's String Quartet No. 2, written 100 years earlier.|
Sun., March 24, 2013, 3 p.m.
|Manhattan Piano Trio Pollard Auditorium|
|Hailed by critics as "a grand departure from the usual" (News Herald), the Manhattan Piano Trio has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. Since its formation in 2004, MPT has carved out a unique niche for itself by performing concerts in a much wider range of settings, from major concert halls around the country to venues in smaller towns. The trio has won two grand prizes in chamber concert competitions and a listener's choice award in Australia. Wayne Lee, violinist, is originally from San Francisco; the group's cellist, Dmitry Kouzov, grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Milana Strezeva, pianist, is a native of Chisinau, Moldova, and a naturalized American citizen.|
|Sat., April 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.||Adaskin String Trio/Ensemble Schumann Pollard Auditorium|
|This rare collaboration between two chamber groups will enable the audience to hear music from two violins, a viola, a cello, an oboe, and piano. A wonderfully varied program will be presented. The Adaskin String Trio performs with a "mixture of spontaneity, intensity, and charm" (Peninsula Review of Carmel, California). Ensemble Schumann brings together three outstanding artists for lively programs of works by such composers as Brahms, Poulenc, Saint-Saens, and Schumann. The members of Ensemble Schumann have collectively performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, at Jordan Hall in Boston, Wigmore Hall in London, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Lucerne, Spoleto and Mostly Mozart Festivals.|