Recently deemed "one of the decade's most gifted, up-and-coming modern classical composers" (Pitchfork magazine), Sarah Kirkland Snider's compositions draw from a variety of inspirations: Mozart, Chopin, Arvo Part, and David Lang, to Radiohead and St. Vincent. Sarah's orchestral, chamber, and choral works are critically acclaimed, as are her song cycles, which fuse together her love for both classical and pop/rock influences.

Todd Steed

Former WUOT host Lee Gardner explains why he will drive 500 miles for music.  Lee shares his top picks for Big Ears and explains FOMO for the people. 

The music of British composer, Gavin Bryars, will be presented at four different concerts at this year's Big Ears Festival. Two of his earliest compositions will be performed: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet and The Sinking of the Titanic. Also being performed is his newest composition, The Fifth Century, which will be presented by the chamber choir, The Crossing, and the Prism saxophone quartet. Additionally, his own ensemble, The Gavin Bryars Ensemble, will be performing for the first time in the United States.

LBJ Presidential Library

May 7, 1964, was a beautiful spring day in Knoxville. There were no thunderstorms, but a Texas-sized whirlwind swept into town that afternoon. President Lyndon B. Johnson flew in to stump for one of his "Great Society" proposals, a plan to elevate the quality of life for people in Appalachia.

Big Ears Preview Podcast

Mar 21, 2017
Todd Steed

Melony, Todd and Garrett explore the plethora of classical and jazz performances coming this weekend.