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Knoxville Opera is presenting the Tennessee premiere of Donizetti's opera about Mary, Queen of Scots: Maria Stuarda. Performances are Friday, April 28th at 7:30 and Sunday, April 30th at 2:30 and, as always, will be presented at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Soprano, Rochelle Bard, who sings the role of Queen Mary, talks to Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, about the opera, her complex character, the challenges of the role, and also about how she fell into the world of opera.

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You probably remember from your grade-school science classes the tidbit that the growth of a tree is recorded in concentric rings visible when the tree is cut down. University of Tennessee scientist Henri Grissino-Mayer will tell you there's a lot more information encoded in those rings. The layers record climate change, forest fires, pollution and more. He talks about his research with WUOT's Megan Jamerson.

Russell Mayes, WKCS

It's estimated there are about 200 high school radio stations in the United States. They are more commonly found in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes, but others are here and there, in big cities and small communities. Four of them are in Tennessee, including two in Knox County. The oldest is WKCS, based at Fulton High School in north Knoxville. The FM station went on the air on December 18, 1952. Russell Mayes is WKCS's manager, and he teaches radio production at Fulton.

Farragut High student Daniel Choo was recently selected to perform with the National Youth Orchestra. He sits down with Todd Steed to discuss his upcoming performances with both the NYO and the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra. 

More than forty years ago, the federal government created what’s called Section 8 housing. It authorizes vouchers intended to help make housing affordable. It also includes tax credits to encourage developers to make at least some units available to those with vouchers. But increasingly, developers aren’t including Section 8 units in their projects.

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