Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Michelle Cann Celebrates The Legacy Of Florence Price

May 16, 2018

Pianist Michelle Cann performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and the Piano Concerto of Afro-American composer Florence Price on the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 season finale. In this interview she sits down with Garrett McQueen to discuss these performances, as well as her relationship with composers of color, including Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Julius Eastman. 

Edwin Outwater Conducts The Knoxville Symphony

Apr 12, 2018

Edwin Outwater, described as one of the most innovative conductors of our time, visits Knoxville to guest conduct the KSO in music of Mazzoli, Mozart, and Schumann. He sat down with "Afternoon Concert" host, Garrett McQueen, to discuss these performances, as well as his take on Romantic-era symphonies, and the integration of electronics into orchestral music. 

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival is a music celebration like none other, bringing contemporary classical, folk, rock, r&b, and much more to East Tennessee, captivating audiences both local and from abroad. In this feature, Garrett McQueen speaks with some of this year's artists, and explores conversations surrounding the tradition of music from Appalachia, how the tradition of string quartets inform new music, and the intersection of music and activism. 

Separating Art From Artist

Mar 15, 2018

How far should we apply historical context to the classical music we listen to today? Can one separate the art from the artist? Garrett McQueen explores these questions with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Aram Demirjian in a chat about Mahler, Weill, and Orff's "Carmina Burana". 

Music Education, Bach, And The National Anthem

Mar 2, 2018

"Afternoon Concert" host Garrett McQueen speaks with Aram Demirjian about the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's dedication to Music Education, the significance of Bach in the 21st century, and our modern treatment of the National Anthem. 

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