Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Music Director Lucas Richman has announced he will be leaving the orchestra following the 2014-2015 season, his 12th in Knoxville. Richman is currently under contract through 2014, but KSO officials say he has agreed to continue with the symphony an additional year.
Richman has been Music Director for the KSO since 2003. During that time, he was involved with several high-profile conducting and composing projects. In 2011, he received a Grammy Award for conducting the Royal Symphony Orchestra on Christopher Tin's crossover album Calling All Dawns.
“He is an artist of exceptional depth and passion and has a creativity that is unsurpassed," said KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford in a prepared release. "His wit and humor are matched by his grace and kindness. He will be sorely missed."