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Scruffy City Orchestra's Fall concert features the 2023 concerto competition winners


Melony Dodson talks with Ace Edewards, conductor of the Scruffy City Orchestra, about their concert on November 3, 2023.

The Scruffy City Orchestra presents their Fall concert on Friday, November 3rd at 8pm. This free performance will be held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Northshore Drive in Knoxville as part of the Cathedral Concert Series. The program includes the Ohne Sorgen polka by Josef Strauss, A Fugal Overture by Gustav Holst, and the Symphony No.9 by Dvorak. Also on the program are the two winners of the 2023 Concerto competition, violinists Chris Keum and Elizabeth Burch, who will perform Camille Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and the first movement from Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, respectively.

Conducted by Dr. Ace Edewards, the Scruffy City Orchestra was founded in 2015 and is Knoxville's community orchestra. Additional information about the concert, and the orchestra (including how to audition/join) 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.