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Marble City Opera Gets in the Holiday Spirit With 'The Gift of the Magi'
Published 12/11/2013 at 11 a.m.
Although the midwinter music scene may currently feel a bit bleak, the situation is certainly correctable, as opportunities abound for organizations willing to seize them. This weekend, one of Knoxville’s newest music organizations, Marble City Opera, is doing just that, ...
Small Ensembles Effectively Fill Out Knoxville’s Classical-Music Calendar
Published 11/26/2013 at 3:15 p.m.
It’s probably too early to call Knoxville’s chamber music scene an “explosion,” but that day may be fast approaching.
KSO Explores Mozart’s Lowbrow Humor in an Energetic Performance
Published 11/20/2013 at 9:57 a.m.
As the story goes, the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was quite upset after viewing Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus in London, categorically refusing to accept director Peter Hall’s factual documentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s off-color and often scatological sense ...
UT Opera Theatre Takes 'The Barber of Seville' Downtown
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:47 a.m.
After the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre staged their last three productions in UT’s Carousel Theatre, one might have assumed that the performance intimacy, the conveniences of campus, and the substantially lower costs had made the choice a logical—perhaps even ...
Knoxville Opera Conquers the Theatrical Intricacies of 'The Tales of Hoffmann'
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:15 a.m.
It had been 21 years, I was told, since Knoxville Opera last staged Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann (“The Tales of Hoffmann”). Knoxville audiences were rewarded for their patience last weekend with a season-opening production that offered up the work’s intriguing ...
Knoxville Opera Updates Offenbach’s 'Tales of Hoffmann' to 1920s Berlin
Published 10/23/2013 at 10:15 a.m.
Like many successful composers of operettas and light-hearted fare, the German-born Parisian Jacques Offenbach yearned for a different reputation—that of a serious composer.
Small Ensembles Find a Place in Knoxville’s Classical-Music Scene
Published 10/09/2013 at 10:50 a.m.
When I surveyed the growth and health of the Knoxville classical music scene in Metro Pulse last fall, I focused, out of necessity, on the broad topic, which for most people means the historically popular, large-ensemble performances—orchestral music and opera. ...
Lucas Richman Begins His Next-to-Last Season at KSO With a Triumphant Opening Concert
Published 09/25/2013 at 10:51 a.m.
With the official announcement last week that music director and conductor Lucas Richman would be leaving the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra after the 2014-15 season, one naturally had to reflect on what might be in store for the orchestra and audiences ...
Adventurous Choices: With a Sizable Grant from Aslan Foundation, KSO Steps up With a Diverse Schedule, Lower Ticket Prices
Published 09/11/2013 at 11:36 a.m. 2 Comments
Tracking the health of American orchestras can be a painful task these days given the all-too-frequent news accounts of music organization bankruptcies, labor disputes, and various forms of financial distress.
UT Unveils New State-of-the-Art Music Center
Published 08/21/2013 at 10:18 a.m.
Rising on the site of the school’s former building on Volunteer Boulevard, the new facility stands in stark contrast to the mundane architecture and cramped quarters of the old 1965 Music Building.