Morning Concert http://wuot.org en UT Percussion Studies and Nief-Norf to host Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, John Luther Adams http://wuot.org/post/ut-percussion-studies-and-nief-norf-host-pulitzer-prize-winning-composer-john-luther-adams <p></p><p> On Monday, April 14th, John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer-Prize in music for his recent orchestral work, <em>Become Ocean</em>.&nbsp; His music is inspired by, and sometimes performed in, the natural world.&nbsp; <em>The New Yorker </em>writes that Adams is "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century."</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:07:02 +0000 Melony Dodson 17590 at http://wuot.org UT Percussion Studies and Nief-Norf to host Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, John Luther Adams The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of movie music http://wuot.org/post/oak-ridge-symphony-orchestra-presents-concert-movie-music <p></p><p> The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra presented a concert of "movie music" this past weekend (Saturday, April 12th). Conductor, Dan Allcott, talked with Melony Dodson about the program, the challenges that come along with performing film music, and also about the dramatic impact of such music.&nbsp; Several other topics are discussed as well...</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:50:43 +0000 Melony Dodson 17274 at http://wuot.org The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of movie music Knoxville Opera one of only two Opera companies in the US producing Bellini's "Norma" this year http://wuot.org/post/knoxville-opera-one-only-two-opera-companies-us-producing-bellinis-norma-year <p></p><p> The Knoxville Opera is one of only two companies producing Bellini's opera, "Norma," this year.&nbsp; (The other company being the Metropolitan Opera in NYC).&nbsp; A few days ago, Melony Dodson talked with stage director, Elizabeth Bachmann, about this beautiful, but rarely performed work.&nbsp; Its challenges, rewards, beautiful floating melodies, and strong characters are all topics that are discussed in this conversation.&nbsp; "Norma" is a rare gem and one that you probably won't want to miss.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:12:27 +0000 Melony Dodson 17164 at http://wuot.org Knoxville Opera one of only two Opera companies in the US producing Bellini's "Norma" this year Steve Reich visits Knoxville for the 2014 Big Ears Festival http://wuot.org/post/steve-reich-visits-knoxville-2014-big-ears-festival <p></p><p> The <em>New York Times</em> has recently called Steve Reich, "our greatest living composer" and <em>The Guardian</em> (London) has stated that: "There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history...and Steve Reich is one of them."</p><p>In 1990, he received a Grammy award for best Contemporary composition and in 2009, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his composition "Double Sextet."&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:49:04 +0000 Melony Dodson 16514 at http://wuot.org Steve Reich visits Knoxville for the 2014 Big Ears Festival Melony Dodson talks with ORSO conductor, Dan Allcott http://wuot.org/post/melony-dodson-talks-orso-conductor-dan-allcott <p></p><p> The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presented a concert on March 22nd, featuring emotionally powerful music of Shostakovich, Verdi, and Henryk Gorecki.&nbsp; Conductor Dan Allcott talked with Melony Dodson about these historically significant works, giving fascinating background information about why and how they were composed, as well as a few personal anecdotes on the way...</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:00:27 +0000 Melony Dodson 16377 at http://wuot.org Melony Dodson talks with ORSO conductor, Dan Allcott The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performs all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti http://wuot.org/post/knoxville-symphony-orchestra-performs-all-six-bachs-brandenburg-concerti <p></p><p> On March 20th and 21st, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performed all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti, along with Leopold Stokowski's transcriptions of Bach's Toccata in D minor and the Chaconne in D minor (from the Violin Partita No.2).&nbsp; Melony Dodson talked with the conductor of these concerts, James Fellenbaum, about how each of the concertos are different, why Bach composed them, and also about some of the featured soloists in the KSO's performance.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:46:49 +0000 Melony Dodson 16376 at http://wuot.org The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performs all six of Bach's Brandenburg Concerti Melony Dodson talks with Dan Alcott http://wuot.org/post/melony-dodson-talks-dan-alcott <p></p><p> The Oak Ridge chamber symphony presented a concert Valentine's Day weekend at the intimate setting of First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge.&nbsp; The title of the concert was "Baroque Bonanza" and featured several double concertos from the Baroque era, as well as a suite by Henry Purcell and a few works by Mozart.&nbsp; In this interview, Maestro Dan Alcott talks a little bit about this period of music and why people seem to enjoy listening to Baroque music so much.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:21:02 +0000 Melony Dodson 14824 at http://wuot.org Melony Dodson talks with Dan Alcott The Knoxville Opera presents Donizetti's "The Elixer of Love" http://wuot.org/post/knoxville-opera-presents-donizettis-elixer-love <p></p><p>Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, "L'elisir d'Amore" tells a tale about love, passion, and unrequited love, seasoned with laughs, colorful characters,&nbsp; gorgeous music, and a happy ending! &nbsp; The Knoxville Opera presents a production of it on Valentine's Day evening, Friday night at 8pm and also Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.&nbsp; In this interview, Melony Dodson talks with stage director, Brian Deedrick, about this entertaining opera and why, perhaps, it is the perfect "first opera" to see and hear.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:26:36 +0000 Melony Dodson 14678 at http://wuot.org The Knoxville Opera presents Donizetti's "The Elixer of Love" Melony Dodson talks with violinist, Lara St. John http://wuot.org/post/melony-dodson-talks-violinist-lara-st-john <p>Canadian violinist, Lara St. John has been playing the violin since the age of two (and a half).&nbsp; She has performed all over the world and was one of the first professional musicians to create her own record label (Ancalagon).&nbsp; She performs and commissions new works, as well as "the classics," such as Mozart's 4th violin concerto, which she will be playing tonight (November 15th, 2013) with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.&nbsp; Ms. St. John is a passionate performer with a vibrant tone.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:54:18 +0000 Melony Dodson 11078 at http://wuot.org Melony Dodson talks with violinist, Lara St. John The Knoxville Opera presents Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann" http://wuot.org/post/knoxville-opera-presents-jacques-offenbachs-tales-hoffmann <p>Stage director, Keturah Stickann, said of Offenbach's <em>The Tales of Hoffmann</em>, that "it's the perfect marriage of the holiday of Halloween and opera."&nbsp; The story not only includes several macabre elements, but opera-goers are sure to be treated to colorful (and perhaps grotesque?) costumes, fantastical characters, and of course, beautiful singing.&nbsp; The Knoxville Opera is performing the opera, staring soprano, Talise Trevigne and tenor, Evan Bowers, Friday October 25th and 8pm and Sunday the 27th at 2:30.&nbsp; Performances will be given at the Tennessee Theatre.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:53:55 +0000 Melony Dodson 9840 at http://wuot.org The Knoxville Opera presents Jacques Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann"