2020–2021 Symphony/Chorus Concerts

2021 Free Family Concert: Thrills & Super Powers!

Oak Ridge Symphony & Chorus

A. K. Bissell Park Pavilion

The Free Family Concert has returned!

Native Lands, Take 2 with special guest artist Jeff Midkiff, composer & mandolin

Oak Ridge Symphony & Chorus

Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center

Music Director Dan Allcott leads the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in collaboration with the Roane Choral Society to open the 2021–2022 subscription series on Sunday, October 10, 2021, with Native Lands, Take 2. The concert features music by Jean Sibelius and Jeff Midkiff postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, plus Kathryn Bostic’s Portrait of a Peaceful Warrior.  The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under.

Don't miss Jeff Midkiff's FREE Improvisation Workshop on Saturday, October 9, 2021, 2:00 PM at the Performing Arts Center Lobby at Oak Ridge High School.

Musical Soundscapes

Oak Ridge Symphony

First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge


How do sounds and music define a sense of place? Journey with Dan Allcott, the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, and the music of composers Jennifer Jolley (photo credit Elizabeth Glenn Photography), Takuma Itoh (photo credit Ben Ferrari), Gabriela Lena Frank, and J. S. Bach as their musical soundscapes take you around the world, throughout time, and wherever your imagination takes you.  Soloists Shelby Shankland, flute; Karen Kartal, violin; and Malcolm Matthews, harpsichord add to the adventure.  The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under.

Beginnings: Messiah

Oak Ridge Chorus

South Harriman Baptist Church

The Oak Ridge Chorus and Roane Choral Society join forces in this performance of Messiah, part I.  Be uplifted by this holiday favorite led by Choral Director Brenda Luggie.  Although this concert is being presented in addition to our subscription series, the concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under.

Lyrical & Percussive

Oak Ridge Symphony

First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge

Opposites attract in this concert by the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra featuring lyrical and percussive music– but not always from the instrument families you expect.  Soloists are Shelby Shankland, Christina Graffeo, and Theodore Kartal. The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under. 

The Journey

Oak Ridge Chorus

Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church

The journey is different for each of us as humans, but there are common themes.  Hear the Oak Ridge Chorus sing about our journeys as humans in this uplifting concert.  A special commissioned piece by composer Jorge Variego will be announced.  The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under. 

Endings & New Beginnings

Oak Ridge Chorus

First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge

Choral Director Brenda Luggie leads the combined choruses in Faure’s Requiem and more in their season finale collaboration. The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under.

Season Celebrations

Oak Ridge Symphony

Historic Grove Theater


Don't miss this evening of music for a rousing and healing close of the season. Leave uplifted following Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha Overture, Jorge Variego's Blink, and Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto performed by special guest artist Joshua Kováč, winner of numerous competitions -- including the 2019 Youth Aliyah Auditions -- and our 2019 Family Concert youth soloist. The concert is part of our Penny4Arts programming offering FREE attendance for youths 18 and under.