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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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. 

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 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."

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."