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 ...
Former KSO Conductor Kirk Trevor Returns for an Encore Performance
Published 3/30/2011 at 9:43 a.m. 0 comments
Kirk Trevor ended his 18 seasons as music director and conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 2003, but many Knoxville concertgoers still remember his tenure with the KSO for producing exquisitely detailed, emotional, energetic performances with a distinct stylistic ...
Kirk Trevor Returns for an Encore Performance With KSO
Published 3/23/2011 at 11:43 a.m. 0 comments
As the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 75th anniversary season winds down, we’ve had reminders of how the orchestra began its life in 1935 as well as numerous solid examples of the status the orchestra holds today. This week, Knoxville audiences will ...
KSO Offers a Prelude to April's Rossini Festival
Published 3/9/2011 at 9:41 a.m. 0 comments
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra made a substantial pre-Rossini Festival operatic statement last weekend with its concert at the Bijou Theatre titled “Opera Highlights,” the bulk of which was an intelligently constructed grouping of overtures and arias from operas inspired by ...
KSO Guest Soloist Orli Shaham Shows She Knows Chopin
Published 3/2/2011 at 12:01 p.m. 0 comments
For someone who dedicated his musical life to writing for the piano, it has always seemed a little odd that Frédéric Chopin, who at the age of 19 was not really adept at writing for an orchestra, should boldly begin ...
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.
- Nov 17th 2010 Bertha Walburn Clark