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Marble City Opera's Second Season Stars with Three Short Contemporary Operas
Published 05/14/2014 at 10:26 a.m.
One year has now passed since Marble City Opera first appeared on the Knoxville music scene, taking on the genre generically known as chamber opera—smaller-scale operatic works intended for intimate venues.
KSO Fails to Capitalize on Its Star Concertmaster
Published 05/07/2014 at 10:28 a.m.
Anyone who has followed KSO for the last several years knows full well that concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz’s abilities extend from charismatic leadership to top-notch performance capability and on into the heady and entertaining realm of extreme violin virtuosity.
KSO Balances Drama and Dynamics in Grieg Masterworks Performance
Published 04/30/2014 at 10:14 a.m.
In a Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Masterworks program last weekend that included Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor—as well as works by fellow Scandinavians Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen—guest pianist Andrew Staupe and conductor Lucas Richman traveled a middle route ...
Knoxville Opera Raises the Bar Again With 'Norma''s High-Flying Vocal Performances
Published 04/14/2014 at 5:05 p.m.
There’s been so much bar-raising done over the last few years in Knoxville Opera productions that one might assume—short of going broke booking big-name singers and acquiring expensive, original sets—that there would be little more that is possible under the ...
Getting to Know the Lead Singers for Knoxville Opera's Production of 'Norma'
Published 04/09/2014 at 11:32 a.m.
Ta'u Pupu’a’s story of success could probably rival many operatic plots for its tale of natural abilities twisted by the whims of fortune.
Singers Take Center Stage in Knoxville Opera's Production of Bellini's 'Norma'
Published 04/09/2014 at 11:26 a.m.
If there ever was an opera that could be called, without hesitation, “a singer’s opera,” it is Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, this weekend’s Rossini Festival offering from Knoxville Opera. The title character of Norma runs the gamut of human emotions, from ...
KSO’s Principal Quartet Illustrates the Growing Popularity of Chamber Music
Published 04/02/2014 at 11:01 a.m.
Hopefully, the days of Knoxville’s small ensembles being treated as curious appendages of the large ensembles, useful only for educational or peripheral goals, are coming to a close.
The UT Music Faculty Continues Its Eclectic Chamber Series
Published 03/26/2014 at 11:48 a.m.
Seemingly immune to distractions over the years has been one of the more intriguing chamber music events in Knoxville—the ongoing UT faculty chamber-music series. The series, now comfortably settled into its new home in the Powell Recital Hall, has been ...
Back to Bach: KSO Stages a Monumental Performance of Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concerti
Published 03/19/2014 at 9:25 a.m.
The six Brandenburgs, titled by Bach as Six Concerts avec plusieurs instruments (“Six concertos with several instruments”), represent not only a pinnacle in Baroque music but the stylistic best of the composer’s instrumental works.
Two Knoxville Organizations Demonstrate America’s Unheralded Choral Traditions
Published 03/05/2014 at 9:52 a.m.
Under the leadership of music director Jim Garvey, FOMA’s season includes not only local musicians and the Choirs of Ascension in concerts but also bookings of notable soloists and ensembles, such as the King’s Singers, the Paul Winter Consort, and, ...