Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Clarence Brown Theatre are, once again, collaborating to present a grand-scale production and this time, it's Leonard Bernstein's operetta, Candide. Rarely performed as a fully staged production, the show, based on a satire by Voltaire, boasts a gorgeous score by Bernstein, but presents a few challenges. Maestro Aram Demirjian discusses how the artistic team tackled these challeges, while creating a version of Candide that will be unique to Knoxville. Performances run August 31st through September 16th.

Jesse Weiner

Aram Demirjian talks to Todd Steed about the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's Fourth of July program and shares some great news about a future project.

Michelle Cann Celebrates The Legacy Of Florence Price

May 16, 2018

Pianist Michelle Cann performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and the Piano Concerto of Afro-American composer Florence Price on the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 season finale. In this interview she sits down with Garrett McQueen to discuss these performances, as well as her relationship with composers of color, including Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Julius Eastman. 

Edwin Outwater Conducts The Knoxville Symphony

Apr 12, 2018

Edwin Outwater, described as one of the most innovative conductors of our time, visits Knoxville to guest conduct the KSO in music of Mazzoli, Mozart, and Schumann. He sat down with "Afternoon Concert" host, Garrett McQueen, to discuss these performances, as well as his take on Romantic-era symphonies, and the integration of electronics into orchestral music. 

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival is a music celebration like none other, bringing contemporary classical, folk, rock, r&b, and much more to East Tennessee, captivating audiences both local and from abroad. In this feature, Garrett McQueen speaks with some of this year's artists, and explores conversations surrounding the tradition of music from Appalachia, how the tradition of string quartets inform new music, and the intersection of music and activism. 

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