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 ...
A Seasoned Tenor and a Soprano Making Her U.S. Debut Star in Verdi’s 'Otello'
Published 4/26/2012 at 9:29 a.m. 0 comments
This was not the Verdi of Rigoletto or La Traviata, but a Verdi who had possibly been influenced, subconsciously of course, by his musical nemesis, Wagner. The work had musical continuity and complex orchestration—the first that one might call truly ...
Guest Conductor Leads KSO Through 'The Planets'
Published 3/28/2012 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
Due to its familiarity with audiences, a work such as Gustav Holst’s early 20th-century suite The Planets, the headliner on last weekend’s concerts, burdens a conductor with the weight of numerous comparisons.
KSO’s Chamber Series Unveils the Crowd-Pleasing Music of Two Once-Controversial Composers
Published 3/7/2012 at 10:37 a.m. 0 comments
With the benefit of historic distance, it seems only natural that the music of Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg belongs together on the same program, as it did with Sunday afternoon’s Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Classics Concert.
Knoxville Opera Reaches Out to a New Audience With 'Romeo et Juliette'
Published 2/13/2012 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
One need look no further than last weekend’s Knoxville Opera production of Charles Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette to see what has changed in Knoxville over the last five years or so. In contradiction to the tired stereotype of opera-goers, the ...
Guest Conductor Edward Cumming Leads KSO Through a Night of Mozart
Published 1/25/2012 at 10:47 a.m. 0 comments
With over 400 years of music in our western repertoire, modern concerts devoted to just one composer often run the risk of appearing overly focused, fussy, and academic, even for listeners with more than a casual interest. The Knoxville Symphony ...
KSO Opens Its Chamber Series With Tense, Dynamic Readings of Mozart and Haydn
Published 11/9/2011 at 11:14 a.m. 0 comments
It may seem like a stretch to attach any sort of operatic qualities to Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 in D Major (“Prague”), yet that is exactly what Lucas Richman appeared to be doing last Sunday as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra ...
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