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.
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 country...to 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.
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."
Canadian violinist, Lara St. John has been playing the violin since the age of two (and a half). She has performed all over the world and was one of the first professional musicians to create her own record label (Ancalagon). She performs and commissions new works, as well as "the classics," such as Mozart's 4th violin concerto, which she will be playing tonight (November 15th, 2013) with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Ms. St. John is a passionate performer with a vibrant tone.