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The KSO explores metaphysical questions in "The Cosmos Festival"

Melony Dodson talks with Maestro Aram Demirjian and pianist, Joyce Yang, about the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's April 2024 Masterworks Concert, featuring Holst's "The Planets" and the Piano Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) continues its "Cosmos Festival" with a Masterworks Concert, featuring Gustav Holst's The Planets and the Piano Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff. Also on the program is the overture to Mozart's The Magic Flute, and The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives. The performances will be given on Thursday and Friday, April 18th and 19th at 7:30pm, in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville.

In this interview with Maestro Aram Demirjian and pianist, Joyce Yang, we learn what inspired the "Cosmos Festival" and this program in particular. We also learn how the KSO became a co-commissioner of Leshnoff's Piano Concerto, and how Yang played an integral part in Leshnoff's composition process.

Tickets and additional information available at https://knoxvillesymphony.com/concert/the-planets/

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.