Lucas Richman visit

Special Event
Beth El Center, 101 W Madison Ln, Oak Ridge, TN

In celebration of the Leonard Bernstein Centenary (August 25, 2018), Lucas Richman received permission from the Leonard Bernstein Office to create a new work for chorus and orchestra inspired by the speech Maestro Bernstein delivered to the United Jewish Fund two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 

Known as “An Artist’s Response to Violence,” the speech addresses the manner in which musicians might best use their abilities in the aftermath of tragedy:
“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely,
more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” *

Leonard Bernstein
* Used by the permission of The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

Mr. Richman will speak about the inspiration for his composition at a reception — free and open to the public — on Sunday, March 24, 2019, 4:30 PM, at the Beth El Center in Oak Ridge, 101 W. Madison Lane.  Please call or email the ORCMA office to make your reservation.  865-483-5569 or

Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply was commissioned by a consortium of organizations including the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Jewish Symphony for performances in the 2018–2019 season. 

Major funding for the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus regional premier on March 30 is generously provided by UT-Battelle/ORNL.  Sponsorship for Mr. Richman’s appearance and activities in Oak Ridge is generously provided by the Jewish Congregation of Oak Ridge and the Stanford Eisenberg Knoxville Jewish Day School.  Hotel sponsorship is generously provided by Oak Ridge Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Joseph Valentino, General Manager. 

Mark your calendars for two extraordinary concerts!
Big Galut(e) Klezmer Ensemble performs at Pollard Auditorium on March 16th at 7:30 PM.
This Will Be Our Reply & Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica are performed by the Oak Ridge Symphony & Chorus at ORHSPAC on March 30th at 7:30 PM.

Lisa Muci Eckhoff
Executive Director
Oak Ridge Civic Music Association
320 Robertsville Road, Suite 1
Oak Ridge, TN  37830
(865) 483-5569
(865) 805-0109 mobile

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