KEMP and UT Showcase the Best of Knoxville’s Classical Music in Unlikely Venues
Published 2/23/2011 at 1:39 p.m. 0 comments
Two events last weekend were great examples of the musical diversity that’s available in Knoxville—and great examples of music-making that we should be hearing more of on a regular basis.
Knoxville Opera Celebrates the Romantic Tradition with Massenet’s 'Manon'
Published 2/16/2011 at 1:20 p.m. 0 comments
Knoxville Opera music director Brian Salesky and stage director Keturah Stickann filled their Manon cast last weekend with singers capable of illuminating characters through their portrayals, not just through their voices.
UT Alum Jeremy Wilson Returns to Knoxville for an All-Trombone Weekend
Published 2/9/2011 at 2:01 p.m. 0 comments
“I’d rather be lucky than good” is not an expression you are likely to hear from Jeremy Wilson, the 29-year old trombonist and University of Tennessee alumnus who is now in his fourth season as the second trombonist with the ...
KSO Concertmaster Candidate Lefkowitz Outduels Midori
Published 2/2/2011 at 2:17 p.m. 0 comments
As any regular concertgoer can tell you, the Tennessee Theatre is a miracle of acoustics, with a rich, warm, natural resonance and an almost uncanny ability to project sonic details to every seat in the house. However, the appearance of ...
Evelyn Miller Piano Series Starts Its Fourth Decade With Dmitri Levkovich
Published 1/26/2011 at 1:53 p.m. 0 comments
Legacies come in all sorts of symbolic shapes and sizes, some exaggerated by history, others understated in humility. The legacy of pianist and teacher Evelyn Miller, though, is one that has such fundamental value to Knoxville’s music history that its ...
UT and KSO Offer Two Intimate Performances
Published 1/19/2011 at 1:00 p.m. 0 comments
Chamber music, by its very definition, should be a personal and up-close experience, both for audiences and musicians. With that goal in mind, the University of Tennessee Faculty Chamber Series returns to its new temporary digs, the intimate performance space ...
Technically Precise Oak Ridge Symphony Lacks Heart
Published 1/12/2011 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments
In contrast to the fine individual instrumental playing, the performance was missing the warmth, emotional color, and life that characterizes Beethoven.
The Most Memorable Classical Music Performances in Knoxville for 2010
Published 12/29/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 0 comments
At this time last year, I boldly predicted that 2010 would prove to be a very exciting and intriguing year for classical music in Knoxville. As it turned out, that would be every bit of an understatement. It was a ...
With a Little Help, KSO Keeps Its Holiday Tradition Interesting
Published 12/20/2010 at 4:34 p.m. 0 comments
Keeping the recipe interesting year after year is no small feat when the audiences consist of both regular concertgoers and those who venture out only on special occasions. In this year’s production, the KSO’s performance partners were the Knoxville Choral ...
Hark! A Brief Guide to Knoxville's Classical Music Options During the Holiday Season
Published 12/15/2010 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
At this time of year, some among us may be having visions of Sugarplums, while others are, perhaps, dreaming of a white Christmas. As for me, I’ve been wishing for a holiday season in Knoxville filled with lots of interesting ...
Appalachian Ballet Caps Four Decades of 'The Nutcracker' With Another Satisfying Production
Published 12/7/2010 at 2:27 p.m. 0 comments
Suddenly, it seems, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is being talked about everywhere. Alastair Macaulay, the senior dance critic for The New York Times, believing that the phenomenon of the ubiquitous American Nutcracker says as much about arts in the U.S. ...
KSO Continues Its 75th-Anniversary Celebration With a Look to the Past, and a Look Ahead
Published 11/22/2010 at 4:36 p.m. 0 comments
KSO is one Knoxville organization that, after 75 years, is still achieving its goals of making music for the city, and inspiring and educating new generations of musicians to do the same.
UT Opera Enters a New Era With an Acceptable Production of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore"
Published 11/15/2010 at 3:31 p.m. 0 comments
Amid the giggly, guileless, and light-hearted charm of Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, staged by the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre last weekend, it would almost be possible to forget for an instant that the university’s school of music and its ...
Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra Dusts Off—and Recharges—KSO’s Very First Concert From 1935
Published 11/9/2010 at 3:56 p.m. 0 comments
As the audience arrived at the Bijou Theatre for Sunday’s performance by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, there was a noticeable lack of the usual concert tension in the air. Despite the auspicious occasion—a concert featuring the same works found ...
KSO Revives the Program for Its First concert to Celebrate 75th Anniversary
Published 11/3/2010 at 10:17 a.m. 0 comments
In the case of this Sunday’s concert, something old will definitely be new again. As part of the celebration of the orchestra’s 75th anniversary season, Maestro Lucas Richman has programmed a recreation of the works found on the very first ...
- Nov 17th 2010 Bertha Walburn Clark