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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Over 40 years ago, violinist David Harrington dreamed up the idea to create a string quartet devoted primarily to performing contemporary music.  Music that had never been heard before and that was created by living composers.  This later expanded to include world music, jazz legends, rock artists, and contemporary classical composers who were no longer living.

Gregory Goode

Formed in San Francisco in 1996, the Cypress String Quartet has been praised by Gramophone magazine for its "artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion", while The Washington Post has written that their sound is "beautifully proportioned and powerful."

Classical guitarist, Jason Vieaux, has been hailed by NPR as the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation, while Gramophone magazine writes that he is among the elite of today's classical guitarists.  And just a few weeks ago, this innovative and expressive musician won the Grammy award for best instrumental solo in the classical category.

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and  Chorus is presenting a special Valentine's Day concert, Saturday night at 7:30pm.  The concert offers a potpourri of Romantic delights with a common theme of the masterful writer about love: William Shakespeare.  The program includes Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suite No.2, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade for Music for choir and orchestra (which sets text from The Merchant of Venice), and delectable favorites by Leroy Anderson and Cole Porter.

Knoxville Opera is presenting a production of one of the most frequently performed operas of all time: Bizet's Carmen.  Performances are Friday, February 13th at 8pm and Sunday, the 15th at 2:30pm.  Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, talked with two of visiting artists in this production: soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez, who is singing the role of  Micaela, and bass-baritone, Ryan Kuster, who is portraying the role of Escamillo.  This sensuously romantic opera boasts some of the most recognizable tunes in the opera repertoire, gypsies, bullfighters, colorful costumes, and fiery

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra started off the New Year by presenting a chamber concert featuring two of its own members as soloists.  The program was conducted by Maestro Lucas Richman, who is in his final season with the KSO.  For this concert, the maestro selected a couple of concertos that showcase two new additions to the symphony: principal Bassoonist, Aaron Apaza, who performed Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, and principal Trumpet, Phillip Chase Hawkins, who presented a trumpet concerto in D Major, which has been long attributed to Johann Stamitz.  Also on the concert

Hailed by Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone Magazine as: "the most ambitious avant-garde festival to emerge in America in more than a decade" and praised by Philip Glass as a "tremendous experience", Knoxville's own Big Ears Festival is gearing up for another weekend of incredible music, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more.

Knoxville Opera is putting together a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's classic and hilariously entertaining operetta, H.M.S. Pinafore.  Brian Deedick returns as stage director and the cast features several internationally-acclaimed singers, including some recognizable names in the local opera scene here in Knoxville. 

This Saturday, November 1st, the Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus will present a concert, celebrating the music of Franz Schubert.  The concert is being given at a slightly different venue for ORCMA: the Pellissippi State Community College Clayton Center for the Arts, and will begin at 7:30pm.  Earlier this week, Melony Dodson spoke with Music Director and Conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony, Dan Allcott, about this concert and the works that are being performed.  As always, Maestro Allcott gives some interesting facts and background information about the works that are being presented on th

American composer, Larry Delinger, will be composer in residence at the UT School of Music until November 12th.  Primarily a composer of film and stage music, Delinger will work with students, faculty, and guest artists and will also host talks, providing the Knoxville community an opportunity to ask questions as well as hear Larry talk about his music and his creative process.