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 ...
Knoxville Opera's Novel Staging of 'La Traviata' Makes the Familiar New
Published 11/2/2011 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
The reasons for La Traviata's popularity are clear—Giuseppe Verdi’s score is tuneful, lush, and addictively evocative; the libretto has a seemingly perfect balance of character complexity, stage simplicity, and literary intrigue. The challenge, of course, is to embrace the popularity ...
KSO Finds Connections Among Katrina, Copland, and Dvorák
Published 10/26/2011 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
It was an evening of exploration—and perhaps even discovery—as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra trod familiar trails and also ventured into some new territory with its concerts last weekend.
KSO Presents the World Premiere of Theodore Wiprud’s 'Violin Concerto (Katrina)'
Published 10/19/2011 at 12:09 p.m. 0 comments
Of huge importance to the theme of “American” music on the program is the presence of the world premiere of Theodore Wiprud’s Violin Concerto (Katrina).
A Revamped KSO Marks Its Return With a Vibrant Interpretation of Beethoven
Published 9/28/2011 at 9:58 a.m. 1 comment
The orchestra was back, and in ways that were phenomenally impressive in both form and spirit.
UT Symphony’s New Instrumental Prowess Matches the Demands of Its Upcoming Schedule
Published 9/21/2011 at 10:01 a.m. 0 comments
When I first saw the programming lineup for the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra fall season, I sensed right away that something big and significant must be afoot.
UT’s Faculty Chamber Series Reflects on the Anniversary of 9/11
Published 9/14/2011 at 4:50 p.m. 0 comments
I admit I never asked whether the joint occurrence of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy and the opening concert last Sunday of the University of Tennessee Faculty Chamber Series was by design or by coincidence of the calendar. ...
Fall A&E Preview: Classical Music
Published 9/14/2011 at 4:10 p.m. 0 comments
After a Knoxville summer devoid of concerts and operatic performances, music lovers always seem to be anxious for the fall season with the giddy eagerness and optimism of a third-grader armed with fresh school supplies. The fall of 2011 has ...
Knoxville's Dry Season for Classical Music
Published 6/29/2011 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments
“School’s Out” was a big hit for Alice Cooper in 1972, and has since become an iconic statement of euphoria for a summer with little to offer except a few mindless pleasures. Unfortunately, though, the song’s anthemic refrain—“School’s out for ...
KSO Ends an Emotional Season on a High Note
Published 5/25/2011 at 9:12 a.m. 0 comments
Given recent sad events and important personnel changes, I wasn’t necessarily expecting the final Masterworks concerts of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2010-11 season to be an exhilarating and euphoric experience, but that’s exactly what happened last weekend.
- Nov 17th 2010 Bertha Walburn Clark