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The KSO Takes The Audience On A Journey From Earth To Beyond


In the opening night concert of its 84th season, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will take audience members on a journey from Earth to the outer reaches of our Solar System. Maestro Aram Demirjian explains that the voyage begins on Earth with Johann Strauss Jr.'s beloved "On the Beautiful Blue Danube". The audience then takes flight with Missy Mazzoli's "These Worlds in Us", we fly past the moon with Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" (orchestrated by Leopold Stokowski), and continue into the Solar System with Gustav Holst's "The Planets", which will be accompanied by stunning visuals designed by Adrian Wyard. Demirjian also says that the musical journey isn't just a physical one, but is also spiritual.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performs Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th at 7:30pm in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Tickets and information at http://knoxvillesymphony.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.