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Classical music from WUOT's music library. 

Classics for Kids airs Saturday mornings at 7:53 (repeats Monday at 3 p.m.)

What is American classical music? The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra answers this question by presenting a concert with incredibly diverse works, but all by American composers. Indeed, this program is representative of the melting pot that is America.

The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre is presenting an opera that is rarely performed today, Claudio Monteverdi's Ulysses, which is based on Homer's Odyssey. Performances are Friday, November 11th at 8pm and Sunday, November 13th at both 2:30 and 8pm. All performances will be held in the Carousel Theatre, located on the UT campus, next to the Clarence Brown Theatre.

Looking for a night of hopeful, energetic, and uplifting music? Knoxville's newest orchestra, the Scruffy City Orchestra, presents a Veterans' Day concert this Friday night at 7:30pm.  This community orchestra formed last Spring and Friday's program, directed by conductors Ace Edewards and Mathew Wilkinson, will be their second.  As would be expected of a Veterans' Day concert, patriotic works will be performed, including an Armed Forces Salute, The Star Spangled Banner, and Aaron Copland's A Lincoln Portrait.

The Oak Ridge Symphony and Chorus are presenting an all-Mozart concert this Saturday night at 7:30pm. The concert will be given at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge and features violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz as soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No.5.  Also performed on the concert is the Divertimento in F Major, K.138 and the Coronation Mass.

In this interview, music director Dan Allcott gives delightfully interesting background information about each piece and discusses the "youthful" Mozart. 

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of Latin American music this Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm.  Resident conductor, James Fellanbaum, will lead the orchestra in a performance of music by Arturo Marquez, Aldemaro Romero, Aaron Copland, and Astor Piazzolla. As always, this Chamber Classics concert will be given at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville.

Learn more about the music, the composers, and the specific challenges of these pieces by listening to this interview.

Called "the world's reigning male chorus" by The New Yorker and also the first vocal ensemble to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the San Francisco based Grammy award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer, comes to Knoxville this Monday evneing to perform music about love. The title of the program is "My Secret Heart" and it will be presented at 8pm at Knoxville's Church of the Ascension, located at 800 S Northshore Drive.

Operas and musicals have long provided an escape from the day-to-day and also, perhaps, from troubling times. Live theatre transports us to another time and place and that's exactly what Knoxville Opera's production of The Pirates of Penzance will do this weekend. Gilbert & Sullivan's music pleases the ear, while the hilariously entertaining story will tickle the funny bone.  Performances are Friday, October 21st at 7:30 and Sunday, October 23rd at 2:30 and, as always, will be given in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre.  

Marble City Opera opens up its 2016-2017 season with two comedic one-act operas, performed tonight and tomorrow night (October 13th and 14th) at The Emporium in downtown Knoxville.  Gallantry by Douglas Moore is a soap-opera opera, complete with commercial breaks selling the wonders of Lochinvar soap.  La Divina by Thomas Pasatieri is a hilarious tale about an opera diva who's slowly realizing that she may be past her vocal prime. 

The Chicago-based chamber group, Fandango! will present a concert this Saturday night at 7:30 at Oak Ridge's Pollard Auditorium. The group, with its unusual instrumentation of guitar, flute, violin, and cello, performs a spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical music.  All four members have performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and are multi-award-winning musicians.

Well, it's that time of year again. The time that fans of avant garde music from all over the world anxiously await: the reveal of the lineup for Knoxville's Big Ears Festival. Rolling Stones magazine has called Big Ears "America's biggest avant garde party", while The New Yorker writes that: "The sounds are the stars, free of the tyranny of categories."  It's hard to describe this one-of-a-kind festival that celebrates innovation, creativity, and expression through music, film, and art.

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