The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present a Veterans’ Day concert on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts, Maryville College, 502 East Lamar Alexander Parkway.
The theme of the concert is "American Celebration," and the theme of the season is “Tennessee Sounds Good to Me” in celebration of Tennessee composers and performers.
World War II veterans will be admitted for free and all other veterans can enjoy the concert at a reduced price. Adult tickets cost $25.
John Becker, WBIR news anchor, will narrate The Greatest Generation by Greg Danner, composer from Cookeville, Tenn. Since April 2008 Becker has produced the TV series "Service and Sacrifice" on the lives of East Tennessee veterans.
ORSO will open the concert with The Star Spangled Banner (lyrics by Francis Scott Key and melody by John Stafford Smith) and close it with Morton Gould’s American Salute and Robert Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute.
The Oak Ridge Chorus, accompanied by ORSO, will sing Randall Thompson’s Frostiana, which provides a choral setting for seven poems by Robert Frost (1874-1963). These poems take a nostalgic look at New England country life.
The chorus and orchestra also will perform John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen (from the movie Saving Private Ryan).
On Monday, Nov. 5, Dan Allcott, music director of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association and conductor of the ORSO and Chorus, will speak at noon in the Grove Theater lobby (High Places Community Church) on the Nov. 11 ORSO concert in the second of a series of “Dialogue with Dan” lunch meetings.
Reservations for sandwiches (ham & cheese, turkey, or veggie) from Panera Bread should be made by Sunday, Nov. 4, by 2 p.m. by calling Connie Smith at 482-9482 or the ORCMA office at 483-5569. ORCMA will supply coffee, tea, and water, and Dialogue with Dan lunches will be served at 11:45 a.m. Monday. Attendees are expected to pay $2 apiece for room rent.
Reservations may also be made via e-mail to Connie Smith at email@example.com or the ORCMA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To renew your season subscription or become a new subscriber at a discount, call the ORCMA office at 865-483-5569. Schedule, ticket and concert information, as well as driving directions to Maryville College, are available on ORCMA’s www.orcma.org website.
Tickets can be purchased at the door for $25 (adult), $10 (college students 19 years or older, with ID) and $5 (students 18 years and younger).