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KSO and KMA to Present a World Premiere Rooted in Knoxville

After two years of delay, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be performing the world premiere of the Violin Concerto: Cycle of Life by Michael Schachter, as jointly commissioned by the KSO and the Knoxville Museum of Art. The concerto is inspired by the monumental piece that permanently inhabits the KMA by Knoxville visual artist Richard Jolley, his work: Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity. Violinist and Knoxville favorite Tessa Lark will make her third trip to the Tennessee Theatre stage to perform the premiere. In addition to this, the program will feature a visual rendering of Jolley’s piece, as done by Doug Griffey from Loch and Key Productions, projected behind the orchestra. A "really delicious helping of musical dessert" awaits audiences for the second half as Sergei Rachmaninov’s 2nd symphony will also be performed. Aram Demirjian, Michael Schachter, and Richard Jolley joined Clara Prinston via zoom to discuss the project.