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The Scruffy City Orchestra Performs On November 18th

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Melony Dodson talks with Scruffy City Orchestra conductor, Ace Edewards

The Scruffy City Orchestra (Knoxville's "other orchestra") performs music of Aaron Copland, Carl Maria von Weber, Franz Joseph Haydn, Cesar Franck, and George Enescu on Friday, November 18th. The concert is part of the Cathedral Concert Series and will be given at 8pm at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained online at: https://www.shcathedral.org/cathedral-concert-series/

The concert features two large-scale works that have the themes of time and the mountains. Time is Haydn's Symphony No. 101, which is nicknamed The Clock symphony, due to the "ticking" that is heard in the second movement. Mountain is Cesar Franck's symphonic poem Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne ("What one hears on the mountain"). Although this work was composed when Franck was only 23 years old, it wasn't published until 1987. Some historians believe that it may be the first symphonic poem ever composed, but Franz Liszt gets credit for being the first composer because his symphonic poem (also entitled Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne) was published and performed! Conductor, Ace Edewards, says that he was unable to find any record of Franck's work being performed in North America, therefore, this performance could be the North American premiere!

The Scruffy City Orchestra is Knoxville's community orchestra. More information about the organization and how to be involved can be found here: https://www.scruffycityorchestra.com/

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.