Marble City Opera's Second Season Stars with Three Short Contemporary Operas
Published 5/14/2014 at 10:26 a.m. 0 comments
One year has now passed since Marble City Opera first appeared on the Knoxville music scene, taking on the genre generically known as chamber opera—smaller-scale operatic works intended for intimate venues.
KSO Fails to Capitalize on Its Star Concertmaster
Published 5/7/2014 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
Anyone who has followed KSO for the last several years knows full well that concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz’s abilities extend from charismatic leadership to top-notch performance capability and on into the heady and entertaining realm of extreme violin virtuosity.
KSO Balances Drama and Dynamics in Grieg Masterworks Performance
Published 4/30/2014 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments
In a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Masterworks program last weekend that included Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor—as well as works by fellow Scandinavians Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen—guest pianist Andrew Staupe and conductor Lucas Richman traveled a middle route ...
Knoxville Opera Raises the Bar Again With 'Norma''s High-Flying Vocal Performances
Published 4/14/2014 at 5:05 p.m. 0 comments
There’s been so much bar-raising done over the last few years in Knoxville Opera productions that one might assume—short of going broke booking big-name singers and acquiring expensive, original sets—that there would be little more that is possible under the ...
Getting to Know the Lead Singers for Knoxville Opera's Production of 'Norma'
Published 4/9/2014 at 11:32 a.m. 0 comments
Ta'u Pupu’a’s story of success could probably rival many operatic plots for its tale of natural abilities twisted by the whims of fortune.
Singers Take Center Stage in Knoxville Opera's Production of Bellini's 'Norma'
Published 4/9/2014 at 11:26 a.m. 0 comments
If there ever was an opera that could be called, without hesitation, “a singer’s opera,” it is Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, this weekend’s Rossini Festival offering from Knoxville Opera. The title character of Norma runs the gamut of human emotions, from ...
KSO’s Principal Quartet Illustrates the Growing Popularity of Chamber Music
Published 4/2/2014 at 11:01 a.m. 0 comments
Hopefully, the days of Knoxville’s small ensembles being treated as curious appendages of the large ensembles, useful only for educational or peripheral goals, are coming to a close.
The UT Music Faculty Continues Its Eclectic Chamber Series
Published 3/26/2014 at 11:48 a.m. 0 comments
Seemingly immune to distractions over the years has been one of the more intriguing chamber music events in Knoxville—the ongoing UT faculty chamber-music series. The series, now comfortably settled into its new home in the Powell Recital Hall, has been ...
Back to Bach: KSO Stages a Monumental Performance of Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concerti
Published 3/19/2014 at 9:25 a.m. 0 comments
The six Brandenburgs, titled by Bach as Six Concerts avec plusieurs instruments (“Six concertos with several instruments”), represent not only a pinnacle in Baroque music but the stylistic best of the composer’s instrumental works.
Two Knoxville Organizations Demonstrate America’s Unheralded Choral Traditions
Published 3/5/2014 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
Under the leadership of music director Jim Garvey, FOMA’s season includes not only local musicians and the Choirs of Ascension in concerts but also bookings of notable soloists and ensembles, such as the King’s Singers, the Paul Winter Consort, and, ...
KSO's Chamber Classics Series Revisits the Baroque Period
Published 2/26/2014 at 10:14 a.m. 0 comments
For reasons that are quite positive but not altogether clear, music of the Baroque has been a big hit among Knoxville Symphony Orchestra audiences for the last couple of years, drawing listeners in numbers that seem to defy conventional programming ...
Knoxville Opera Makes the Most of Valentine’s Weekend With 'L’Elisir d’Amore'
Published 2/19/2014 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
This Elixir was no gulp of cheap wine or bogus concoction, but rather an invigorating and entertaining elixir of splendid performances from a splendid cast.
Knoxville Opera Revisits Donizetti’s 'Elixir of Love' for Valentine’s Day
Published 2/12/2014 at 9:38 a.m. 0 comments
It is no coincidence that KO’s production of Elixir of Love falls on Valentine’s Day—it is the quintessential romantic comedy.
UT Kicks Off a Monthly Series of Brahms' Duo Sonatas
Published 1/29/2014 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
This Friday evening’s event covers the two Cello and Piano sonatas of Brahms which, like the composer’s other duo sonatas, treat the two instruments as equal partners.
Guest Conductor Sean Newhouse and Pianist Louis Schwizgebel Star in KSO’s January Masterworks Concerts
Published 1/20/2014 at 4:57 p.m. 0 comments
Guest conductor appearances with orchestras have become an essential part of the international classical-music scene over the past decades, benefiting everyone, it seems—audiences, orchestra members, management, and the conductors themselves. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has employed the practice over the ...
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