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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Violinist and composer, Jenny Scheinman, possesses a unique and rare ability to play any style of music. Whether it's classical, folk, rock, or jazz or singing any of the songs she's written, Jenny frequently collaborates with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Ani Difranco, and Nels Cline.

At Big Ears 2018, she will present two performances. One, with her band, Mischief and Mayhem, which combines modern classical and jazz with rock and roll. This fusion band performs on Friday from 6:30-7:30 at The Standard.

The music of legendary and influential American composer, Julia Wolfe, has been described by the Wall Street Journal as: "long inhabiting a terrain of its own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patters of minimalism and the driving energy of rock."

She, along with composers Michael Gordon and David Lang, formed the Bang on a Can organization in 1987, which will be in residence at this year's Big Ears Festival, which takes place in various venues throughout downtown Knoxville, March 22-25.

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Nief-Norf, an internationally acclaimed contemporary music ensemble based here in Knoxville, will once again present a couple of performances at the Big Ears Festival, which takes place in various venues throughout downtown Knoxville March 22-25.  

On March 9th and 10th, Marble City Opera (MCO) will present the world premiere of "Follow Suit,"  with music composed by Griffin Candey and the libretto by Knoxville's own, Emily Anderson. The opera features soprano and MCO's artistic director, Kathryn Frady and renowned baritone, Morgan Smith. Griffin Candey will conduct the three-piece ensemble of clarinet, cello, and piano, which includes resident pianist and music director, Brandon Coffer. Performances will be at Windows on the Park Lounge at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park at 8pm. Tickets and information

On Friday, February 23rd at 7:30 and Sunday February 25th at 2:30, Knoxville Opera will present Puccini's breathtaking and beloved opera, Turandot. Everything about this opera is grand in size and, as such, requires the larger space provided by the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, where it will be performed. Turandot requires big voices to compliment the thickly orchestrated and romantic score, while the plot demands a large, colorful set, costumes and makeup. 

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