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Holiday traditions: Handel's "Messiah"


Melony Dodson talks with Maestro Aram Demirjian about holiday traditions and Handel's Messiah. The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society perform the Christmas portion on Sunday, November 26th at 2:30pm in the Tennessee Theatre.

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Knoxville Choral Society continue their newly established holiday tradition of performing the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah on Sunday, November 26th at 2:30pm. Joining them will be soloists, Abigail Santos Villalobos, soprano, Diana Salesky, alto, Tim Pope, tenor, and Kevin Burdette, bass. The performance will be given in the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Also on the program is Victor Hely-Hutchinson's charming Carol Symphony.

Learn more about how Maestro Aram Demirjian makes musical decisions regarding this classic piece by Handel in this interview with Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson.

Tickets and additional information at https://knoxvillesymphony.com/concert/classical-christmas-messiah/

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.