Early Morning Concert on WUOT

Weekends from 6-8 a.m.

Classical music from WUOT's music library. 

Classics for Kids airs Saturday mornings at 7:53 (repeats Monday at 3 p.m.)

Music honoring and celebrating fallen heros; that was intent behind Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. (Other than creating magnificent music, that is). This Sunday afternoon at 4pm, the UT Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) tackles this epic work, under the leadership of Maestro James Fellenbaum. Performing just a few weeks after classes have begun, this talented group of young, hard-working musicians are showing us that exciting things are in store for the UTSO.

There is a new professional choral ensemble in town and they are presenting their first concert this weekend! Symphony of Voices will perform at First United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30pm. The group consists of twelve professional singers who work in the Knoxville area as choral directors, teachers, and performers.

World-renowned clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman, and his son, Peter John Stoltzman, who is an incredible pianist and arranger, are presenting a concert in Oak Ridge, this Saturday evening at 7:30pm at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church. Richard is a two-time Grammy award winner, has more than forty recordings to his name, and has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax, to name just a few. Peter John has performed all over the world with jazz, funk, and fusion artists, and is currently head of the piano program at the University of Colorado, Denver.

In 1953, Dmitri Shostakovich broke the "curse of the 9th" by composing his tenth symphony. Widely regarded as his "greatest" symphony, Shostakovich was finally free to compose as he wished, as Stalin had died earlier that year and, along with him, his oppressive regime, which greatly restricted composers (along with other artists and musicians) with the music that they could create. Hidden within the work is a musical depiction of Stalin and cryptograms of Shostakovich's own name, as well as that of a suspected girlfriend.

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus begins its 2017/2018 season with a concert featuring "playful" music. The program is diverse and entertaining and is sure to please.

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