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 ...
KSO Finds Room for Innovation in Gershwin's Best-Known Works
Published 10/27/2010 at 10:30 a.m. 0 comments
Even in his short lifetime, Gershwin had a profound effect, not just on other American composers and on musical theater, but also on European composers such as Maurice Ravel. But left with only wistful speculation, we have to settle and ...
UT School of Music Finds Temporary Home at Knoxville Museum of Art
Published 10/13/2010 at 1:42 p.m. 0 comments
The faculty members of the University of Tennessee School of Music may be feeling a bit like homeless waifs these days, while awaiting the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. But the show must go on. The first of three ...
Knoxville Opera Stages a Cluttered and Distracting New Production of "Madama Butterfly"
Published 10/5/2010 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
Vocally and musically, this Butterfly soared. Theatrically, though, it was—despite good intentions—a confused jumble of ill-conceived staging, design incongruities, and visual metaphors gone awry.
KSO Starts Its 75th Season With Big Interpretations of Tchaikovsky's Greatest Hits
Published 9/28/2010 at 4:19 p.m. 0 comments
It was an evening of symbols last weekend for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as it began its 2010-11 concert season.
KSO and Clarence Brown Integrate Music Into "Amadeus" With Resounding Success
Published 9/13/2010 at 5:14 p.m. 0 comments
The Clarence Brown Theatre and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, in their current joint production of Amadeus, have found a way to transform a well-known play into something quite fresh—a tight and focused, multi-faceted gem that combines music and theatre in ...
- Nov 17th 2010 Bertha Walburn Clark