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 ...
Catching Up as the Classical Music Season Gets Back in Swing
Published 1/15/2014 at 9:44 a.m. 0 comments
As the holiday hiatus and recent bone-chilling cold drift off into the recesses of memory, the January classical music scene in Knoxville is now heating up once again with a flurry of performances.
The Best Classical Music Performances of 2013
Published 12/26/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
While 2013 may have seen some major upheavals in the force of classical music on a national level—the ongoing management/musician difficulties of the Minnesota Orchestra and the shutdown of the New York City Opera come to mind—Knoxville’s own classical-music scene ...
Marble City Opera Gets in the Holiday Spirit With 'The Gift of the Magi'
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
Although the midwinter music scene may currently feel a bit bleak, the situation is certainly correctable, as opportunities abound for organizations willing to seize them. This weekend, one of Knoxville’s newest music organizations, Marble City Opera, is doing just that, ...
Small Ensembles Effectively Fill Out Knoxville’s Classical-Music Calendar
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:15 p.m. 0 comments
It’s probably too early to call Knoxville’s chamber music scene an “explosion,” but that day may be fast approaching.
KSO Explores Mozart’s Lowbrow Humor in an Energetic Performance
Published 11/20/2013 at 9:57 a.m. 0 comments
As the story goes, the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was quite upset after viewing Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus in London, categorically refusing to accept director Peter Hall’s factual documentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s off-color and often scatological sense ...
UT Opera Theatre Takes 'The Barber of Seville' Downtown
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
After the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre staged their last three productions in UT’s Carousel Theatre, one might have assumed that the performance intimacy, the conveniences of campus, and the substantially lower costs had made the choice a logical—perhaps even ...
Knoxville Opera Conquers the Theatrical Intricacies of 'The Tales of Hoffmann'
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
It had been 21 years, I was told, since Knoxville Opera last staged Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (“The Tales of Hoffmann”). Knoxville audiences were rewarded for their patience last weekend with a season-opening production that offered up the work’s intriguing ...
Knoxville Opera Updates Offenbach’s 'Tales of Hoffmann' to 1920s Berlin
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
Like many successful composers of operettas and light-hearted fare, the German-born Parisian Jacques Offenbach yearned for a different reputation—that of a serious composer.
Small Ensembles Find a Place in Knoxville’s Classical-Music Scene
Published 10/9/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
When I surveyed the growth and health of the Knoxville classical music scene in Metro Pulse last fall, I focused, out of necessity, on the broad topic, which for most people means the historically popular, large-ensemble performances—orchestral music and opera. ...
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