Former NFL player tackles role in Knoxville Opera's 'Norma'
Published 04/05/2014 at 2:56 p.m.
As Knoxville gears up for the Knoxville Opera's Rossini Festival, former football player Ta'u Pupu'a prepares for a very different role.
KSO Masterworks concerts mix music with spirituality
Published 02/15/2014 at 2:32 p.m. 1 Comment
The upcoming pair of Knoxville Symphony Masterworks concerts explore music and spirituality from the perspective of different faith traditions.
Spirituality translated in trio of pieces by Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Published 05/11/2013 at 12:08 p.m.
Spirituality is the theme of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concerts Thursday and Friday, May 16 and 17, when the orchestra, with guest cellist Inbal Segev, delve into three very different perspectives of the nature of spirituality. This follows April’s terrific ...
Knoxville Opera's 'Cinderella' is slipper-less tale
Published 04/20/2013 at 11:51 a.m.
Don’t expect a fairy tale version of “Cinderella” when Knoxville Opera takes on Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” written in 1816 when Rossini was only 25, dashing it off in a mere three weeks.
Corcoran, Vidovic lead KSO's Spanish-inspired concerts
Published 03/16/2013 at 2:29 p.m.
The glass ceiling — that proverbial barrier to women’s equality — has a few more cracks in it because of the work of the two women who will be guests performers with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in this week’s pair ...
Russian pianist Evgeny Brakhman to perform Rachmaninoff tribute concert
Published 02/09/2013 at 2 p.m.
One of those people born with the rare gift of perfect pitch (1 in 10,000 among non-Asians), Russian pianist Evgeny Brakhman, who will perform for the 70th anniversary celebration of Rachmaninoff's last performance on Feb. 17, 1943, pretty much had ...
Knoxville Choral Society premieres John Purifoy's latest composition
Published 11/03/2012 at 1 p.m.
Sitting across the table from Knoxville-based composer John Purifoy and Knoxville Choral Society president Nancy Middlemas, herself a composer, it's easy to catch their enthusiasm for Nov. 10th's Knoxville Choral Society concert, which will feature Purifoy's new work "Chronicles of ...
Season-opening performance by KSO was uplifting, spirited
Published 09/21/2012 at 11:30 a.m. 1 Comment
Down in the dumps? Pianist Orion Weiss' magical performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's 1901 "Concerto No. 2 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra," Op 8, with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Tennessee Theatre on Thursday night was the right ...
Orion Weiss plays Rachmaninoff with KSO
Published 09/16/2012 at 4 a.m.
It hadn't occurred to gifted young pianist Orion Weiss, who will perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20-21, that he could make a living playing the piano until he was 20 and ...
Knoxville Symphony's French music concerts includes dissimilar favorites
Published 05/12/2012 at 6 p.m.
Mention either Claude Debussy or Maurice Ravel and the name of the other one comes to mind. As late 19th/early 20th century French composers, they seem to be tied together in the general musical imagination.
Knoxville Opera's 'Otello' explores conflicts amid love, politics and religion
Published 04/21/2012 at 2 p.m.
If there ever has been an opera written for news junkies, it's Giuseppe Verdi's 1887 masterpiece "Otello," which Knoxville Opera will stage at the Tennessee Theatre on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, April 27 and 29, as a component of ...
KSO excels with Schubert, Saint-Saens pieces
Published 04/20/2012 at 10:24 p.m.
If putting a concert program together requires the skill of a musical mind, Knoxville Symphony music director Lucas Richman had all the right "movements" in the right places for Thursday night's concert at the Tennessee Theatre.
Elvis plays Figaro in UT Opera Theatre's production
Published 04/14/2012 at 2 p.m.
Billing the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre's production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" as "Mozart's only opera about Elvis" might seem a bit too tongue-in-cheek at first glance.
Mom directed violinist David Kim's career from childhood
Published 04/14/2012 at 2 p.m.
Korean-American violinist David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and guest soloist on this week's pair of concerts with the Knoxville Symphony, wasn't exactly raised by a "tiger mother," but when he read Amy Choa's controversial book on child-rearing, its ...
Upcoming KSO concert mixes old with new
Published 03/17/2012 at 2 p.m.
When one listens to George Frideric Handel's "Concerto in B Minor for Viola and Orchestra," which violist Mary Persin will play with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra on Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23, the Baroque joy and delight, along ...
KSO tackles Mahler's 'Resurrection Symphony'
Published 02/18/2012 at 1 p.m.
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will utilize "everything but the kitchen sink," as KSO music director Lucas Richman put it, in the massive undertaking of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony #2," the "Resurrection Symphony," in performances at the Tennessee Theatre on Thursday and ...
'Juliette' keeps her focus on 'Romeo' to play convincing role
Published 02/03/2012 at 6:08 p.m.
The moment soprano Zulimar Lopez-Hernandez walked through the door at Knoxville Opera's offices where rehearsals are underway for KO's production of Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliette," it's clear that director Brian Salesky's near pitch-perfect sense for terrific young singers is ...
Pianist will play favorite at all-Mozart concert
Published 01/14/2012 at 1 p.m.
There is a story about a friend of Beethoven finding him in bed, nowhere near a piano, composing the trombone part for his oratorio "Christ on the Mount of Olives." Legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein was said to be able to ...
Doric String Quartet to play benefit concert for music ed
Published 12/31/2011 at 1 p.m.
The Doric String Quartet, one of the best of the world's young classical quartets, is coming to the Pollard Auditorium in Oak Ridge at 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, to play a benefit concert for the Tuesday Morning Music Club's ...
Cellist Zuill Bailey anticipates Dvorak's 'big prize' at Knoxville Symphony concerts
Published 11/11/2011 at 6:01 p.m.
If there are two works that are the landmarks of the cello repertoire, it's Johann Sebastian Bach's "Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello" and Antonin Dvorak's "Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra," Op 104.
KSO Chamber Orchestra soloist anticipates 'creating art'
Published 10/29/2011 at 1 p.m.
When cellist Ildar Khuziakhmetov sits down to play Haydn's "Concerto and Orchestra in D Major," HOB VII:2, with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra Sunday afternoon, Nov. 6, it will be like meeting an old friend.
Reprising 'La Traviata' is easier, deeper experience, soprano Joyce El-Khoury says
Published 10/21/2011 at 6:28 p.m.
It's been three years since soprano Joyce El-Khoury sang the role of Violetta Valery, the Parisian courtesan who is the title character in Guiseppi Verdi's 1853 "La Traviata." But she'll have the chance again on Oct. 28 and 30 when ...
Katrina-inspired concerto premieres with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Published 10/14/2011 at 5:49 p.m. 1 Comment
It's nothing new for violinist Ittai Shapira to be playing brand new music at a symphony concert.
Review: KSO, guest pianist shine in all-Beethoven concert
Published 09/23/2011 at 11:35 a.m.
Pianist Alon Goldstein brought the soul of a poet and the gracefulness of ballerina to Ludwig van Beethoven's "Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra," Op. 37, when he joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for the KSO's ...
Music's story as vital as its tune
Published 05/15/2011 at midnight
For pianist Joel Fan, playing music is about storytelling.
'Music Man' insightful below surface
Published 04/24/2011 at midnight
There's a watershed moment in Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," playing at Clarence Brown Theatre through May 15, that transforms it from, perhaps, the best musical theater piece ever created to a work of insight into social psychology.
Review: Modern work balances well with Beethoven
Published 04/16/2011 at midnight 1 Comment
Going from the brutality of hell to heaven in the course of a single concert isn't an easy feat to accomplish gracefully.
KSO, guest pianist tackle challenging pieces with aplomb
Published 04/15/2011 at 12:19 p.m. 2 Comments
Going from the brutality of hell to heaven in the course of a single concert isn’t an easy feat to accomplish gracefully. But Thursday night at the Tennessee Theatre, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jeffery Beigel did precisely that ...
Performance overcomes flaws in 'I Puritani'
Published 04/10/2011 at midnight
One can almost forget that Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini's 1834 "I Puritani," which Knoxville Opera is presenting at the Tennessee Theatre this Rossini Festival weekend, is a stodgy set piece, or that tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, as cavalier and Stuart loyalist ...
Beethoven's Ninth performance wraps up series for KSO
Published 04/08/2011 at 5:49 p.m.
For Knoxville Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Lucas Richman, the performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor" Op. 125, which the KSO, joined by the Knoxville Choral Society, will perform Thursday and Friday, April 14 ...
Rossini Fest's opera stages occupied by drama, comedy
Published 04/03/2011 at midnight
There's British royalty, both real and purely ceremonial, around the fringes of the operas being presented during this year's Rossini Festival.
Review: CBT's 'Phaedra' leaves little shades of gray
Published 04/03/2011 at midnight
It takes most of Hippolyte's opening monologue to adjust to the complexities of the reverse social panopticon of the Rupert Murdoch-esque see-all, tell-all environment that director Klaus van der Berg and set designer Elizabeth Stadstad have orchestrated for the Clarence ...
Review: Trevors bring energy to KSO concerts
Published 03/25/2011 at 2:14 p.m.
Viewed from above, the change from “blending in” to “standing out” is just a fine line. But seen head on, the outstanding is elevated above everything else.
World traveler Kirk Trevor returns to Knoxville for symphony performance
Published 03/18/2011 at 6:25 p.m.
During the five years since Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Emeritus Kirk Trevor was last in Knoxville, his career has taken him around the world.
Knoxville Choral Society, youth pieces rich in contrast
Published 03/07/2011 at midnight
In Romanian historian and philosopher Mircea Eliade's paradigms of the sacred and the profane, the world is divided into those things that are sacred and those things that are not.
Review: KSO breathes new life into Chopin piece
Published 02/25/2011 at 5:07 p.m.
Chopin’s piano concerts, long criticized as little more than a solo piano with a little-used orchestral back-up band, manage to stay in the mainstream of piano concertos because of the sheer force of the piano writing alone. That is, until ...
KSO's guest pianist encourages listening
Published 02/20/2011 at midnight
In Jerusalem in the 1970s, learning to play an instrument was just something everyone did.
"Manon" tells scandalous French tale of self-destruction
Published 02/04/2011 at 4:11 p.m.
The lives of women in early 18th century France were seldom open to public display. So when Antoine Francois Prevost created Manon Lescaut in his 1731 novel "L'Histoire du chavalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut," it created such a ...
Review: Midori not the only standout for KSO concert
Published 01/28/2011 at 5:01 p.m.
Renowned violin virtuoso Midori joined the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Tennessee Theatre Thursday night for a rather introverted performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s 1845 “Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra,” Op. 64.
Midori Goto un-revealed: Acclaimed violinist maintains privacy amid fame
Published 01/23/2011 at midnight
Trying to understand just who Midori Goto is and what makes her tick proved to be no easy task. A Google search turns up virtually nothing about the internationally acclaimed violinist, who will perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra on ...
Review: History punctuates KSO's 75th anniversary soiree concert
Published 11/19/2010 at 5:47 p.m.
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra celebrated its 75th anniversary at the Tennessee Theatre Thursday night. The celebration was just nine days shy of commemorating the first concert on Nov. 24, 1935. The celebration was complete with a giant cake and balloons, ...
Actress will narrate at KSO concerts
Published 11/14/2010 at midnight
For an actor who has built a career playing strong, mostly hard women, native Knoxvillian Dale Dickey has mixed feelings about performing in front of people she knows when she narrates local composer James Carlson's "Off Trail in the Smokies," ...
UT production sidesteps silliness in comic opera
Published 11/06/2010 at 10 p.m.
It isn't really fair to call Nemorino a dimwit.
Review: George Gershwin concert wows crowd
Published 10/23/2010 at midnight 1 Comment
Of all of the George Gershwin music that seems to be woven into the fabric of many people's lives, it isn't likely that most of it was presented with the clean precision and sheer joy with which the Knoxville Symphony ...
'Woyzeck' shines through shame, dirt and grime
Updated 10/15/2010 at 4:24 p.m.
Somewhere between the dirt and grime that enshrouds society's bottom crust and the occupants of the rungs above them, one finds the roots of social theater like German playwright Georg Buchner's 1836 unfinished drama "Woyzeck," currently playing in a powerful ...
Concert opens KSO season with a boom
Published 09/24/2010 at midnight
Cannon booms, like the ones that rattled the Tennessee Theatre during the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's season-opening concert performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" on Thursday night, probably haven't been heard downtown since the Civil War.
Review: Rumor woven with music makes Amadeus a great play
Published 09/11/2010 at midnight 1 Comment
Accurate history and good theater have never been dependent on each other. Shakespeare certainly knew that a little bit of history could make marvelous theater, as do most politicians the reverse.
Review: KSO's season finale builds anticipation
Published 05/22/2010 at midnight
For the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's season finale at the Tennessee Theatre Thursday night, music director Lucas Richman's well-programmed concert moved from the quiet children's storytelling in Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite for Orchestra," written as a piano four-hands piece for ...
Violinist Lee performs in final Masterworks concert
Published 05/16/2010 at midnight
Violinist Rachel Lee and composer Sergei Prokofiev are matched up for the finale of this season's Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concerts on Thursday and Friday, May 20 and 21, at the Tennessee Theatre.
Scheming, singing on display in one-act operas
Published 04/25/2010 at midnight
Johnny Schicchi is a redneck liar, cheat and scoundrel in the University of Tennessee Opera Theater's contemporary Las Vegas Mafia-connected family setting of Giacomo Puccini's one-act opera "Gianni Schicchi" about Don Buoso Donati, whose relatives cannot wait for the family ...