Afternoon Concert

Classical guitarist, Jason Vieaux, has been hailed by NPR as the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation, while Gramophone magazine writes that he is among the elite of today's classical guitarists.  And just a few weeks ago, this innovative and expressive musician won the Grammy award for best instrumental solo in the classical category.

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and  Chorus is presenting a special Valentine's Day concert, Saturday night at 7:30pm.  The concert offers a potpourri of Romantic delights with a common theme of the masterful writer about love: William Shakespeare.  The program includes Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, Suite No.2, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade for Music for choir and orchestra (which sets text from The Merchant of Venice), and delectable favorites by Leroy Anderson and Cole Porter.

Knoxville Opera is presenting a production of one of the most frequently performed operas of all time: Bizet's Carmen.  Performances are Friday, February 13th at 8pm and Sunday, the 15th at 2:30pm.  Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, talked with two of visiting artists in this production: soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez, who is singing the role of  Micaela, and bass-baritone, Ryan Kuster, who is portraying the role of Escamillo.  This sensuously romantic opera boasts some of the most recognizable tunes in the opera repertoire, gypsies, bullfighters, colorful costumes, and fiery

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra started off the New Year by presenting a chamber concert featuring two of its own members as soloists.  The program was conducted by Maestro Lucas Richman, who is in his final season with the KSO.  For this concert, the maestro selected a couple of concertos that showcase two new additions to the symphony: principal Bassoonist, Aaron Apaza, who performed Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, and principal Trumpet, Phillip Chase Hawkins, who presented a trumpet concerto in D Major, which has been long attributed to Johann Stamitz.  Also on the concert

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.