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The KSO's Premiere of Works by Louise Farrenc and William Grant Still Takes Place This Weekend

Associate Concertmaster Gordon Tsai Performs Mozart's Violin Concerto No.2

Mozart, Farrenc, and Still. Music by these three composers will be presented by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra this Sunday afternoon, January 30th, at 2:30pm in the historic Bijou Theatre. Associate Concertmaster, Gordon Tsai, will be featured as soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No.2...a work that Music Director, Aram Demirjian, says hasn't been performed by the KSO, at least, not in the past forty years. The chamber orchestra will perform two other works that have never been performed by the KSO: William Grant Still's Darker America, and the Symphony No.3 by 19th century French composer, Louise Farrenc. Still's work combines influences of his composition teacher, Edgard Varèse, with elements of jazz and blues, while Farrenc's Symphony takes influences from 19th century Austro-Germanic and French composers, but in a style that's all her own. Learn more about these pieces, as well as what the roles of Concertmaster and Associate Concertmaster are in this interview with Maestro Aram Demirjian.

Tickets and additional information are available online at https://knoxvillesymphony.com

Watch ROCO perform William Grant Still's "Darker America"

Watch the French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra perform Farrenc's Symphony No.3

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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