Page 8 - A short history of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra
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Cohn, Mike & Dot Silverman, Jacinta Howard, and Mildred McDuffee, followed later by Arthur Shor and Mary Cox) left the ORSO in protest of Choset's conducting of the Brahm's Second Symphony. He was treating the symphony like an opera, adding considerable crescendo and diminuendos to the score.
Choset resigned as conductor at the end of the 1967–68 season because of financial irregularities. Without much time to select a successor, ORCMA was fortunate to get Richard Cormier, the Chattanooga Symphony conductor, to serve (as an interim conductor) as a successor to Choset. Cormier served for two seasons, 1968–69 and 1969–70, bringing with him players from the Chattanooga Symphony to lend strength to the ORSO string sections.
In March of 1969, all three Silvermans, Dot, Mike and Roberta (now a scholarship freshman at the University of Tennessee), played in a concert in which Roberta's teacher, Mary Fraley, played the Boccherini Cello
Concerto. Cormier's conductorship was competent and after two years ORCMA was able to find a successor in Edward Zambara, Head of the Opera Department at the University of Tennessee.
Zambara's first concert featured William Dorn, University of Tennessee Professor of Piano, in a performance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. A strong bass-baritone with an operatic background, Zambara, in subsequent concerts, often used the chorus and orchestra together to present innovative programs. Shortly after Zambara became conductor, Jacinta Howard, long-term principal violist, became

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