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Michelle Di Russo conducts the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Melony Dodson talks with guest conductor, Michelle Di Russo, who leads the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, in a program with an "Italian" theme. Featured on the program will be KSO cellists, Sarah Senn and Adam Ayers, who will perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos.

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will present a program with an "Italian" theme this Sunday afternoon, March 3rd at 2:30pm. As usual, the performance will be given in the historic Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. The chamber orchestra will be led by guest conductor, Michelle Di Russo, who is currently Associate Conductor with the North Carolina Symphony and is a 2023 Dudamel Fellow with the LA Philharmonic. A native of Argentina with Italian roots, this program reflects Di Russo's culture.

The program will include Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, Rossini's Overture to The Italian in Algiers, Aldemaro Romero's "Fuga con Pajarillo" and Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos, which will feature KSO cellists, Sarah Senn and Adam Ayers as soloists. Tickets and additional information at: https://knoxvillesymphony.com/concert/mendelssohns-italian-symphony/

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.