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The KSO, Featuring Shabaka Hutchings, Performs Copland's Clarinet Concerto At Big Ears 2022

Melony Dodson talks with Maestro Aram Demirjian about the KSO's performance at Big Ears 2022

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be featured in one performance at Big Ears 2022. Led by Maestro Aram Demirjian, the orchestra will present Caroline Shaw's Entr'acte and two pieces by Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring and the jazz-influenced Clarinet Concerto, featuring Shabaka Hutchings as the soloist. Shabaka is a world-renowned British saxophonist, clarinetist, and band leader, perhaps best known for leading the bands Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors.

Learn more about these pieces, as well as about Maestro Demirjian's affinity for the music of Copland...and why Shaw's Entr'acte is the perfect piece for the Symphony to perform on the opening night of Big Ears 2022, in this interview with WUOT's Melony Dodson.


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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  • WUOT's afternoon classical music program airs from 1-4 p.m. each weekday. Classics for Kids airs Mondays at 3 p.m. (rpt. of previous Saturday's show)NOTE: Playlists are not posted during fund drive weeks in the fall and spring.
  • The Monday program starts off with "Mystery Melody Monday" inviting listeners to identify the music selected. "First Friday" is Melony's request show heard morning's on the first Friday of each month. Listeners can send in requests via email to mgdodson@utk.edu or by phone at 865-974-5541, or send them on our Facebook page. Composers Datebook airs at approximately 10 a.m. Note: playlists are not posted during fund drive weeks in the spring and fall.