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 ...
The Most Memorable Classical Music Performances of 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
Choosing the most memorable performances of 2012 becomes something of a task, if for no other reason than that the overall performance levels have risen so noticeably. But here goes.
KSO Concertmaster Steps into the Spotlight as a Soloist
Published 11/20/2012 at 1:03 p.m. 0 comments
Two years ago, I reviewed a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert that centered mostly on the guest appearance of the violinist Midori and her performance in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor. On that same concert, however, was the audition ...
Knoxville Opera’s 'Die Fledermaus' Emphasizes Comedy Over Music
Published 10/30/2012 at 6:17 p.m. 0 comments
Whether viewed as innocuous fun or lightheartedness run amok, Johann Strauss II’s operetta Die Fledermaus and its infectiously tuneful score have become, for modern audiences, an infamous vehicle for all manner of opera-company celebratory occasions such as galas and New ...
KSO and UT Try Out New Performance Spaces for a Pair of Chamber Concerts
Published 10/10/2012 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
With new musical journeys in mind, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the University of Tennessee School of Music departed the beaten path to alternative venues for their small-ensemble concerts that invited listeners to explore the performance intimacy of chamber music, ...
KSO's Rachmaninoff Concert Is an Auspicious Start to the New Season
Published 9/26/2012 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is probably one of those works, like Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, that is so iconic in both atmosphere and melody that some think of it as too frequently performed. But, ...
Clarence Brown Theatre and KSO Collaborate On a Brilliant Production of Sondheim’s 'Sweeney Todd'
Published 9/5/2012 at 10:54 a.m. 3 comments
Perhaps like no other recent work for the musical stage, Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is so eminently adaptable and bendable as theater that it practically cries out for fresh treatments. In the case of ...
KSO Closes 2011-12 Season With Exhilarating Performance
Published 5/23/2012 at 2:59 p.m. 0 comments
With a flourish and a grand gesture of au revoir, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra finished its 2011-12 Masterworks season last weekend with its usual pair of concerts: “A Touch of France,” covering four works by French composers. As usual, time ...
Experience and Youth Come Together for Knoxville Opera's Superlative 'Otello'
Published 5/2/2012 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
Knoxville Opera’s superlative Rossini Festival production of Otello last weekend fused the brilliance and solidity of seasoned operatic performers with a solid cast of younger singers possessing major, and truly exciting, vocal talents.
Tenor Michael Austin Takes on His 47th Portrayal of Shakespeare’s Conflicted Moor in Knoxville Opera's 'Otello'
Published 4/26/2012 at 9:32 a.m. 0 comments
With just a glance, even without a note of music being heard, one knows instantly why tenor Michael Austin is known in opera houses of the world for his portrayal of the title role in Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello—he looks exactly ...
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