Afternoon Concert on WUOT

Weekdays from 1-4 p.m.

WUOT's afternoon classical music program, hosted by Whitney Dodds. On Thursdays at 2 p.m., Whitney lets her vocal music roots show and shares a selection of great chorus works during "The Choral Hour," covering everything from early music motets to contemporary masses. 

Classics for Kids airs Mondays at 3 p.m. (rpt. of previous Saturday's show)

NOTE: Playlists are not posted during fund drive weeks in the fall and spring.

The Knoxville Opera is producing an incredibly unique production of Puccini's opera "Tosca."  This Saturday, April 30th, each act is performed at a different venue (all within walking distance of each other), to reflect when and where the story would have actually taken place in real-life. The first act is performed at Church Street United Methodist Church, while Act II is presented at the Knoxville Convention Center and the final act, at the World's Fair Park amphitheater.  

The Oak Ridge Symphony is joining forces with four choirs and four soloists to present Beethoven's monumental Symphony No.9, concluding the 2015-2016 season.  Joining them on stage will be the Oak Ridge Chorus, Sound Company Youth Choir, the Variations Chorus from Pellissippi State, and members from the Swiss Youth Choir.  The soloists are soprano, Katy Wolfe, mezzo-soprano, Sarah Fitch, tenor, Andrew Skoog, and baritone, Kevin Richard Doherty.  Also on the program is Mozart's Divertimento in D, K.136.

Percussionist, conductor, teacher, and author, Steven Schick, grew up on a farm in Northern Iowa, where he learned the important lesson of hard work and also came to appreciate the sounds of nature. 

A few days ago, Steven visited WUOT and chatted candidly with morning concert host, Melony Dodson, about why he chose percussion, why he performs contemporary music, how he "fell into" conducting, and views on music in general.

The Knoxville-based contemporary music ensemble, Nief-Norf, presents three sets at this year's Big Ears Festival.  Each set has a different theme and features music by numerous composers.  Dr. Andrew Bliss, the artistic director of the ensemble and also Director of Percussion at the University of TN talked with Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, about the music that they are performing and a little bit about the group itself.

The Chicago-based chamber group, eighth blackbird, combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the staging of a theatre company. This energetic, four-time Grammy award-winning sextet celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 and also celebrates being awarded the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.  eighth blackbird has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet." 

Saturday, March 5th, an exciting and unique saxophone and guitar duet, Duende, is presenting a recital at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Knoxville.  This concert is presented as part of the 2015-2016 Knoxville Guitar Society season and will begin at 7pm.  Duende is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and consists of saxophonist, Ethan Miller and classical guitarist, Krystin O'Mara.  They will perform a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, and works with Spanish, flamenco, jazz, Brazilian, and world music influences.

Ali Winberry

Organist Christopher Houlihan performs all over the world and has been called the "Fred Astaire" of the pipe organ, playing the instrument with the technical prowess of a rock star.  Tonight at 8pm, you have the chance to see and hear him give a concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.  Highlights of his 2015-2016 season include recitals from Las Vegas to Brooklyn, a debut recital at the Kennedy Center, and the release of an all-Bach CD.  Tonight's program will feature works by Bach, Vierne, Leo Sowerby, and more.  Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 6500 Northshor

This Monday, November 23rd, a very special recital will be taking place on the campus of the University of TN.  World-renowned Wagnerian tenor, Gerhard Siegel and pianist Gabriel Dobner will be presenting a concert of German art song. Mr. Siegel has performed leading roles in opera houses all over the world, including the Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera to name just a few. He and Mr. Dobner have recently released a new recording which features many of the songs which they will be performing on this recital.  

The Oak Ridge Symphony is presenting a concert this Saturday evening at 7:30pm with the theme of "Baroque to Modern."  The program is at First United Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, and features music of Telemann, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky.

Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, has an in-depth conversation with conductor Dan Allcott about the music on this program and also about the Neoclassical period. 

Chelsea Marie Cecilia Marlowe

A brand new Knoxville-based string quartet called "Inner Voices" makes its debut this Friday evening at the recently-opened creative hub, The Hive, located in Old North Knoxville.  Cellist, Jeanine Wilkinson, and violinist, Ruth Bacon, visited WUOT to talk about how they formed their group, their overall vision for the quartet and what sets them apart from other chamber groups, and about what they will be presenting during their debut performance. 

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