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 ...
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, ...
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