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The Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra celebrates its 50th anniversary


Melony Dodson talks with Maestros Aram Demirjian and James Fellenbaum about the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's January Masterworks Concert, which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the KSO Youth Orchestra.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra (KSYO) and they are celebrating with a joint performance with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) on Thursday and Friday, January 25th and 26th. Under the direction of Maestro James Fellenbaum, the KSYO will take center stage in its performance of Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March. The KSO will then join members of the KSYO in a performance of excerpts from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Collaborating with them on that performance will also by the Knoxville Symphony Youth Chorus and soprano soloist, Laura Strickling. Maestro Demirjian will then take the conductor's podium to lead the combined orchestras in a performance of Bizet's beloved Carmen Suite. The KSO will then round out the program with Mahler's Fourth Symphony, which explores the themes of childhood and innocence.

Six different ensembles fall under the umbrella of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestras. Each one differs in its level of difficulty and range of experience expected of its members. The "top" orchestra (the Youth Orchestra) is the only one that incorporates instruments other than strings. It is directed by Maestro James Fellenbaum. Students in the KSYO frequently work with members of the KSO in sectionals and coachings. If your child or student is interested in auditioning for the youth orchestras, information can be found at https://knoxvillesymphony.com/education-community/youth-orchestra/
Auditions are typically held in August.

Learn more about the KSYO and Mahler's Symphony No.4 in this interview. Aram Demirjian will take you on a transformative journey as he passionately explains the significance and symbolism in what is considered to be Mahler's smallest and most intimate symphony.

Tickets and additional information at: https://knoxvillesymphony.com/concert/mahler-symphony-no-4/

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.