‘Lyrical & Percussive’ slated for Feb. 19; Kartal is a soloist

Music Director Dan Allcott conducts the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra in “Lyrical & Percussive” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 19 at First United Methodist Church.

Principal cellist Theodore Kartal will be the featured soloist, performing Ernst Bloch’s ‘Prayer’ from Jewish Life. The program, slightly modified from the original advertisement, also includes the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock, Romanian Dances by Béla Bartók, Strum by Jessie Montgomery and the iconic Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste, also by Bartók.

Advance tickets are available online at orcma.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Tickets will be available at the door. Youth 18 and under participate for free.

“The program offers great music and interesting connections between composers, especially Warlock and Bartók,” Allcott said in a press release. On February 14, Allcott will present a course on performing music. Contact the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL) for more information.

Principal cellist Theodore (Ihsan) Kartal is the featured soloist of Ernst Bloch’s “Prayer” in Jewish Life. An award-winning musician, Kartal is also principal cellist of the Bryan Symphony and “first section” cellist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist and orchestral musician across the United States, Europe and in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir.

“Ihsan is a fabulous cellist. His resume is extensive and we are very fortunate to have him in our orchestra,” added Allcott. Everyone will appreciate the beauty of his music.

“Maestro Allcott has once again scheduled a concert demonstrating his commitment to ORCMA’s mission, as well as diversity and inclusion,” said Executive Director Lisa Muci Eckhoff. “Under his artistic direction, all ORCMA concerts – orchestra, choir and chamber music – now include at least one composition by a person of color or a woman – groups that have historically been underrepresented or excluded from the landscape of orchestral music. It is definitely a breath of fresh air. »

Allcott continues in his role as Music Director of ORCMA through June 2022, with his final concert, Season Celebrations, on May 7, 2022. Tickets can be purchased online at orcma.org or by calling (865) 483- 5569. Tickets “at the door” may be limited.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is a 501(c)(3) presenting organization and is home to the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Choir, and Chamber Music Series. The association is dedicated to enriching the lives of the entire community and supporting local musicians and composers through the performance of a diverse and inclusive range of orchestral, choral and chamber music in its many forms. The Association is funded in part through a grant agreement with the State of Tennessee and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. “To learn more about the impact National Endowment for the Arts grants have on individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. ORCMA thanks its many individual donors for the support provided through advertising, sponsorship, from donations, bequests and ticket purchases Corporate funding and support for the 2021-2022 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 and Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning .

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