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Highly acclaimed Attacca Quartet to perform in Oak Ridge

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Attacca Quartet. Image by the artists.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is pleased to present the 2017-18 season of the Chamber Music Series, which opens with the Attacca Quartet on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM at the Pollard Auditorium in Oak Ridge. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet is one of the most dynamic ensembles of their generation.

Now in its fifteenth season, the Attacca Quartet has become one of America's premiere young performing ensembles. They were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003, and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014 – 2015 season the Attacca Quartet was named the Quartet in Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In a review of a 2016 performance, the Washington Post stated, “They may be a relatively young ensemble, but already they come very close to epitomizing the string quartet ideal...Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”

The Quartet will perform music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Caroline Shaw, the youngest recipient for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. The artists will give a pre-concert lecture at 3:30 PM in the Pollard Auditorium.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is a proud participant in the Penny4Arts program. All students, 18 & under, may attend any Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, or Chamber Music concert for free during the 2017-18 season. General admission is $25; a discounted young adult ticket (ages 19-29) is available for $10. Seating is limited for this performance; advance reservations are recommended. Tickets are available at or by calling (865) 483-5569.

Patrons are invited to attend a dinner immediately following the concert. Catered by Birdwell Catering, the menu will feature grilled chicken breast with white wine and mushroom gravy, sliced pork tenderloin with caramelized onion gravy, rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables, and cheesecake. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages are included. Tickets for the dinner are $50 for reservations made by November 10; $55 for late reservations. All proceeds benefit the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. For reservations, please call (865) 483-5569 or email

The Attacca Quartet’s performance on the Chamber Music Series is made possible with generous support from Mr. James Rome. Additional support for the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association is provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and WUOT FM 91.9.

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents professional performances in the Oak Ridge community with its symphony, chorus, and chamber music series. Subscription and individual tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (865) 483-5569.

Published November 14, 2017

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