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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What composers immediately come to mind when thinking of Classical music? For most of us, Mozart and Haydn would probably top the list. This weekend, music of both these composers will be featured on the Knoxville Symphony's Chamber Classics concert.  On the program is Mozart's overture to The Marriage of Figaro, Haydn's Symphony No.104, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21, performed by pianist, Kevin Class.

The Oak Ridge Symphony kicks off its 2016-17 season this Saturday evening with a concert that features music celebrating both the history of immigration to the United States, as well as the contributions of post WWII scientists in our very own Oak Ridge, TN.  The theme of the program is "Pride of Place." The works being presented are: "Pi to the Sky: Tribute to Discovery", a world premiere by East TN composer Mark Herrell; Peter Boyer's "Ellis Island: The Dream of America", which sets actual text by Ellis Island immigrants to music; and Felix Mendelssohn's concert overture "Calm Sea and Pr

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concludes its 80th season Thursday and Friday nights with a epic concert featuring music of Wagner, Beethoven, and Christopher Theofanidis.

Resident conductor, James Fellenbaum, will lead the orchestra in performances of Beethoven's Leonore Overture No.3, Christopher Theofanidis' "Dreamtime Ancestors" (TN premiere), and "The Ring: An Orchestral Adventure", a suite arranged by Henk de Vlieger, consisting of themes and music from Wagner's "Ring Cycle."

This Saturday, May 7th, The Aspen String Trio and flutist, Eugenia Molier, will give a concert at 7:30pm at Pollard Auditorium in Oak Ridge. This world-renowned ensemble has been performing together for 20 years and will present works by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Richard Strauss, and Gideon Klein.

Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, chats with the cellist of the group, Michael Mermagen. They discuss the founding of the group, their collaboration with Eugenia Moliner, and have an in-depth conversation about the music that they are presenting on the program.

The Knoxville Opera is producing an incredibly unique production of Puccini's opera "Tosca."  This Saturday, April 30th, each act is performed at a different venue (all within walking distance of each other), to reflect when and where the story would have actually taken place in real-life. The first act is performed at Church Street United Methodist Church, while Act II is presented at the Knoxville Convention Center and the final act, at the World's Fair Park amphitheater.  

The Oak Ridge Symphony is joining forces with four choirs and four soloists to present Beethoven's monumental Symphony No.9, concluding the 2015-2016 season.  Joining them on stage will be the Oak Ridge Chorus, Sound Company Youth Choir, the Variations Chorus from Pellissippi State, and members from the Swiss Youth Choir.  The soloists are soprano, Katy Wolfe, mezzo-soprano, Sarah Fitch, tenor, Andrew Skoog, and baritone, Kevin Richard Doherty.  Also on the program is Mozart's Divertimento in D, K.136.

Percussionist, conductor, teacher, and author, Steven Schick, grew up on a farm in Northern Iowa, where he learned the important lesson of hard work and also came to appreciate the sounds of nature. 

A few days ago, Steven visited WUOT and chatted candidly with morning concert host, Melony Dodson, about why he chose percussion, why he performs contemporary music, how he "fell into" conducting, and views on music in general.

The Knoxville-based contemporary music ensemble, Nief-Norf, presents three sets at this year's Big Ears Festival.  Each set has a different theme and features music by numerous composers.  Dr. Andrew Bliss, the artistic director of the ensemble and also Director of Percussion at the University of TN talked with Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, about the music that they are performing and a little bit about the group itself.

The Chicago-based chamber group, eighth blackbird, combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the staging of a theatre company. This energetic, four-time Grammy award-winning sextet celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 and also celebrates being awarded the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.  eighth blackbird has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet." 

Saturday, March 5th, an exciting and unique saxophone and guitar duet, Duende, is presenting a recital at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Knoxville.  This concert is presented as part of the 2015-2016 Knoxville Guitar Society season and will begin at 7pm.  Duende is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and consists of saxophonist, Ethan Miller and classical guitarist, Krystin O'Mara.  They will perform a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, and works with Spanish, flamenco, jazz, Brazilian, and world music influences.

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