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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Presents a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert

Melony Dodson talks with Maestro Aram Demirjian and Knoxville Poet Laureate, Rhea Carmon

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is presenting a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert on Sunday afternoon, January 15th at 3pm. The performance is free and open to the public and will be presented in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Joining the symphony for the performance will be baritone, Michael Rodgers, Knoxville Poet Laureate, Rhea Carmon, and the Indigenous Vibes African Drumming Ensemble with special guests, Drums Up, Guns Down.

Mr. Rodgers will sing several spirituals, and Rhea Carmon will perform an original poem as well as excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's speeches and writings. Indigenous Vibes, along with Drums Up, Guns Down, will join the symphony in an encore performance of the first movement from James DeMars' SABAR: Concerto for African Drums and Orchestra, which was a huge hit with audiences when performed on the symphony's season last year.

This performance is expected to last about an hour. Tickets and additional information at: https://knoxvillesymphony.com/concert/mlk-concert/

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.