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.

Ways To Connect

knoxvilleopera.com

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. 

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra opened its 2014-2015 season this past weekend with a performance of Boccherini's Cello Concerto in B-flat Major, featuring cellist and UT professor, Wesley Baldwin.  A few days prior to the concert, Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, talked with Wesley about this beloved concerto among cellists.  Also included in the conversation: Baldwin's love of teaching and a little bit about performances still to come this season.

Jim McGuire

Mark O'Connor is widely regarded as one of the most versatile musicians of modern times. He is a violinist, fiddle champion, composer, educator, and, at least in the 70's, a rock star (as heard in The Dixie Dregs). His playing styles encompass virtually all genres, including bluegrass, jazz, classical, and country...to name just a few.  But he also fuses those styles together in his own compositions and improvisations to create music that's entirely new, but distinctly American.

Tara McMullen

Internationally acclaimed pianist, Jon Kimura Parker, opens up the KSO's 2014-2015 season with a performance of the fiery and dramatic Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor of Johannes Brahms.  Mr. Parker has performed under the baton of well-known conductors, including Wolfgang Sawallisch, Andre Previn, and Pinchas Zukerman to name just a few.

He's also a media personality, hosting a TV show on Bravo! ("Whole Notes"), a show on CBC radio ("Up and Coming"), and produces his own series on Youtube called "Concerto Chat." 

johnlutheradams.com

On Monday, April 14th, John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer-Prize in music for his recent orchestral work, Become Ocean.  His music is inspired by, and sometimes performed in, the natural world.  The New Yorker writes that Adams is "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century."

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra presented a concert of "movie music" this past weekend (Saturday, April 12th). Conductor, Dan Allcott, talked with Melony Dodson about the program, the challenges that come along with performing film music, and also about the dramatic impact of such music.  Several other topics are discussed as well...

Knoxville Opera

The Knoxville Opera is one of only two companies producing Bellini's opera, "Norma," this year.  (The other company being the Metropolitan Opera in NYC).  A few days ago, Melony Dodson talked with stage director, Elizabeth Bachmann, about this beautiful, but rarely performed work.  Its challenges, rewards, beautiful floating melodies, and strong characters are all topics that are discussed in this conversation.  "Norma" is a rare gem and one that you probably won't want to miss.

Jeffrey Herman

The New York Times has recently called Steve Reich, "our greatest living composer" and The Guardian (London) has stated that: "There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history...and Steve Reich is one of them."

In 1990, he received a Grammy award for best Contemporary composition and in 2009, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his composition "Double Sextet." 

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