Melony Dodson

Morning Concert Host/Producer

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.

While a graduate student, she worked at WUOT as a student announcer, hosting Saturday afternoons and evenings. Melony rapidly developed another passion: that of being a radio personality/host. Soon after graduating, she began hosting weekend mornings, including the Early Morning Concert, and produced the highly popular Top 60 for 60, a special series commemorating WUOT’s 60th anniversary. Two years later, she was honored to become the new host of the Morning Concert, of which she is currently the host and producer. Melony is also a choral accompanist for the UT School of Music’s Concert Choir and the Men’s Chorale. In her spare time, Melony loves to music-direct musicals. She is secretly (or perhaps not so secretly!) obsessed with the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. She also loves to travel, cook, hike and explore all of the cultural (and food!) attractions Knoxville has to offer.

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Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, Jennifer Higdon, is one of America's most frequently performed living composers. A Tennessee native, she has been commissioned by many of the world's leading orchestras, has won many awards and fellowships, and currently teaches composition at the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Higdon will be in residence at the University of Tennessee School of Music from February 17th through 23rd.

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but there's never a bad time to enjoy beautiful romantic music, wine, and chocolate! Marble City Opera unites all three together for an evening of "Chocolate and Wine", presented at the new Modern Studio, located in Happy Holler. Local baritones, Brandon Gibson, Michael Rodgers, Dominick White, and Maurice Hendricks with pianist Brandon Coffer will serenade while audience members enjoy six different chocolate and wine pairings selected by Knoxville chef, Holly Hambright.

The Oak Ridge Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents a concert of "Chamber Delights" this Saturday evening, February 11th, at 7:30pm. The program will be presented at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge and will feature two soloists from within the orchestra: cellist, Ihsan Kartal and oboist, Ayca Yayman. Newly appointed chorus direction, Dr. Jaclyn Johnson, will conduct the Oak Ridge Chorus in Faure's "Pavane."  Also on the concert is music of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and Leos Janacek.  More information is available at orcma.org

Looking for a romantic opera to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day? Knoxville Opera has just the ticket: Puccini's popular and breathtaking opera, La Boheme.

In this interview, Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, talks with soprano, Julia Lima (singing the role of Musetta) and baritone, Craig Verm (singing the role of Marcello). They discuss the opera and their characters, a little bit about themselves, and also about the changing perception of opera in modern society.

The Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series was founded in 1980 by pianist, teacher, and visionary, Evelyn Miller, who sought to establish a concert series for young international artists early in their careers.  Now in its thirty-seventh season, the series has presented over one-hundred concert pianists from all over the world.  The 2017 season opens this Sunday, January 22nd, with pianist Chang-Yong Shin, who will present works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Busoni, and others. The concert will begin at 2:30 and will be presented in the Sandra G.

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