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.
KSO's Final Chamber Concert Sheds New and Needed Light on the Baroque Period
Published 5/11/2011 at 11:08 a.m. 0 comments
Making sense of the Baroque period of music today is no small task, for probably no other period of music has suffered as much at the hands of both history and contemporary marketers.
KSO Delivers a Magisterial Performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Published 4/20/2011 at 10:27 a.m. 0 comments
Performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 today have unfailingly been presented and accepted as big events.
Knoxville Opera and UT Opera Theatre Live Up to Rossini Fest Expectations
Published 4/13/2011 at 1:50 p.m. 0 comments
It is an inescapable fact that opera-goers are not likely to confuse Vincenzo Bellini’s 'I Puritani' for one of the repertoire’s great dramatic operas. Improbable plot points and a shaky view of English history, however, cannot diminish its status as ...
Jet-Setting Soprano Rachele Gilmore Takes on Her Most Difficult Role Yet in Knoxville Opera's 'I Puritani'
Published 4/6/2011 at 1:24 p.m. 0 comments
When I first sat down to chat with soprano Rachele Gilmore in January of 2010, she had just arrived in Knoxville for rehearsals of last season’s Knoxville Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor, in which she was singing her debut ...
Knoxville Opera’s 'I Puritani' Features Vocal Fireworks and an Improbable Plot
Published 4/6/2011 at 1:11 p.m. 0 comments
Even more so than his contemporaries Rossini and Donizetti, Bellini was known as a major proponent of the bel canto (“beautiful singing”) style of opera. Beyond mere vocal fireworks, Bellini’s bel canto is exemplified by long, exquisite melodies punctuated by ...
UT Opera Theatre’s 'Albert Herring' Returns With Plenty of Comedic Opportunities
Published 4/6/2011 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
A moral crisis triggered by the inability to find a virginal maiden sounds like just the thing for a mythological tale or a Baroque opera. But that idea and its necessary aftermath are, more or less, the crux of Albert ...
- Nov 17th 2010 Bertha Walburn Clark