The Knoxville Opera is putting together a production of Verdi's romantic drama, Il Trovatore. Performances are Friday, April 24th at 8pm and Sunday, April 26th at 2:30. Maestro Salesky will host an opera preview 45 minutes prior to each performance and opera fans who find themselves without a companion to see the opera are encouraged to inquire about KO's new program, the "Sempre Opera Society." Il Trovatore will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
The Oak Ridge Symphony is presenting its final concert of the season this Saturday night, April 18th, at 7:30pm at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, and features music with an international flair. The program will include Rimsky-Korskov's "Capriccio Espagnol", Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, the "Danse Bacchanale" from Saint-Saens' opera Samson et Delilah, and the "Tahiti Trot" by Dmitri Shostakovich. A few days ago, Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, had a fun, informative and interesting conversation with Maestro Dan Allcott about the music on this colorful
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