Lucas Richman Begins His Next-to-Last Season at KSO With a Triumphant Opening Concert
Published 9/25/2013 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
With the official announcement last week that music director and conductor Lucas Richman would be leaving the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra after the 2014-15 season, one naturally had to reflect on what might be in store for the orchestra and audiences ...
Adventurous Choices: With a Sizable Grant from Aslan Foundation, KSO Steps up With a Diverse Schedule, Lower Ticket Prices
Published 9/11/2013 at 11:36 a.m. 2 comments
Tracking the health of American orchestras can be a painful task these days given the all-too-frequent news accounts of music organization bankruptcies, labor disputes, and various forms of financial distress.
UT Unveils New State-of-the-Art Music Center
Published 8/21/2013 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
Rising on the site of the school’s former building on Volunteer Boulevard, the new facility stands in stark contrast to the mundane architecture and cramped quarters of the old 1965 Music Building.
New Marble City Opera Seeks to Fill a Knoxville Niche
Published 5/29/2013 at 2:54 p.m. 0 comments
Marble City Opera is a partnership of two Knoxville singers: soprano and artistic director Kathryn Frady Marvel and baritone Kevin Richard Doherty, a University of Tennessee School of Music alumnus who will serve as general director. The pair is seeking ...
Knoxville Opera Delivers an Energetic, Sparkling 'Cinderella'
Published 5/1/2013 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
Simply stated, there are those operatic singers who consider themselves Rossini singers, and there are those who don’t. The diction and voice flexibility required for Gioachino Rossini’s characteristic style of rapid-fire runs of little notes is both an art and ...
Glass Slipper: A Q&A With the Stars of Knoxville Opera's 'Cinderella'
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:59 a.m. 0 comments
The work of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini returns to the Knoxville Opera’s 2013 Rossini Festival with a production of Cinderella (La Cenerentola) featuring mezzo-soprano Leah Wool as Cinderella and tenor Michael Dailey as the Prince.
Knoxville Opera Revives Rossini’s 'Cinderella' for Rossini Festival
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
Audiences will find a few twists to the story they probably know very well.
UT’s 'Rape of Lucretia' Offers a Stylized Production of Britten’s Puzzling Chamber Opera
Published 4/10/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
When the audience steps into the world of The Rape of Lucretia, the 1946 Benjamin Britten chamber opera that is being staged this weekend by the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, they may discover some puzzling contradictions that have baffled ...
KSO Takes an Adventurous Tour Through Spain
Published 3/27/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
While gray skies and winter’s final chill were stubbornly resisting the onset of spring last weekend, inside the Tennessee Theatre was a different story altogether.
UT and KSO Demonstrate the Growing Vitality of Knoxville’s Classical Music Offerings
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:03 a.m. 0 comments
It wasn’t that long ago—six years, maybe—that I worried quite a bit about the amount and variety of classical music performances in Knoxville. While I still hold out hope for some new music venues, new local ensembles, and more booking ...
KSO Explores the Simple Pleasures of Tchaikovsky’s Third Symphony
Published 2/27/2013 at 9:55 a.m. 0 comments
One of the occupational hazards of writing about the music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is that the composer’s addictive little phrases and orchestral textures seep into the recesses of the brain and stick there, ready to replay for days on ...
Pianist Evgheny Brakhman Pays Tribute to Rachmaninoff’s Last Concert
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
The commemorative concert will focus on Rachmaninoff’s work as a composer and his professional life in the United States after fleeing the Russian Revolution in 1917, culminating in that fateful last concert in 1943 and centered heavily on his reputation ...
Veteran Singer and HBO Regular Anthony Laciura Directs Knoxville Opera’s 'La fanciulla del West'
Published 2/6/2013 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
The old theater cliché that “there are no small parts, only small actors” is regularly bandied about glibly—perhaps to justify scene-stealing or to motivate an otherwise unmotivated performer. In the overwhelmingly positive sense, however, this sentiment fully describes the multiple ...
First-Time Surprises From KSO’s Recent Guest Stars
Published 1/30/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
There were a number of firsts for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and their Masterworks concerts last weekend—some matter of fact, some exciting, while others were, well, unfortunate.
KSO’s Chamber Orchestra Explores 20th-Century British Music
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:19 a.m. 0 comments
One of the real joys of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Classics Series has always been the potential for musical adventure, and even some discovery, that can be found in the vast territory outside of the usual full orchestra repertoire ...
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