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 ...
Clarence Brown and KSO Team Up for an Unusual Combination of Drama and Music in "Amadeus"
Published 9/8/2010 at 8:35 a.m. 0 comments
Knoxville audiences, whether seasoned or new, will be able to immerse themselves in Peter Shaffer’s somewhat controversial take on the Mozart legend as the Clarence Brown Theatre joins with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in a unique production of Amadeus featuring ...
KSO Closes Its Season With Colorful 'Pines of Rome'
Published 5/26/2010 at 9:32 a.m. 0 comments
When the last concert in May rolls around, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra audiences have already sadly resigned themselves to the fact that without any sort of summer series in Knoxville, it will be three long months until they see the orchestra ...
KSO Honors Departing Concertmaster Mark Zelmanovich in Final Chamber Concert of the Season
Published 5/12/2010 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
The word “change” is thrown about a lot these days—both optimistically and cynically. Proof that “change” is really just inevitable “continuation” was made poignantly apparent to those who attended the season’s final Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Chamber Classics series concert last ...
Knoxville Opera Presents Rossini as Vaudeville
Published 4/28/2010 at 9:04 a.m. 1 comment
Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is one of those comic operas that’s seen every sort of interpretation under the sun—straight, wild, period, updated, cut, restored, and even mildly philosophical. We can now add to that list “vaudeville-esque with a touch ...
UT Presents Two Short Operas, One a Comedy by Puccini
Published 4/21/2010 at 4:02 p.m. 0 comments
Giacomo Puccini has given us some of music’s most sublimely crafted operatic melodies and captivating theatrical moments. Yet among those moments there is precious little to make one genuinely laugh.
Knoxville Native Kevin Burdette Puts Aside Law Career for The Barber of Seville
Published 4/21/2010 at 3:54 p.m. 1 comment
The very idea of combining a career as an opera singer with a career as a lawyer in a big New York City law firm sounds preposterous. Yet that is exactly what operatic bass—and Knoxville native—Kevin Burdette has been doing.
UT and KSO Offer Two Very Different Requiems
Published 4/7/2010 at 9:08 a.m. 0 comments
A noted cynic and music critic once defined the requiem as “an opera for the dead.” More often than not, the most successful examples of the requiem feature choral and orchestral splendor and sonic spectacle—very theatrical and operatic elements—along with ...
Knoxville Symphony Showcases the 20th Century with Music by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich
Published 3/31/2010 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
It’s odd how the mere mention of 20th-century music sends some people running for cover while many others stay to luxuriate in it. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, which regularly fills the Tennessee Theatre, had a few more empty seats than ...
Gilbert and Sullivan Bring Knoxville Opera and David Keith Together for an Unlikely Pairing
Published 3/17/2010 at 8:50 a.m. 0 comments
The musical and theatrical potential of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas has remained intriguing for U.S. opera companies looking for a lighter contrast to their more dramatic offerings. The Knoxville Opera Company production of The Pirates of Penzance, featuring David Keith ...
- Nov 17th 2010 Bertha Walburn Clark