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Although Live Performances Are Cancelled, Aram Demirjian And The KSO Keep The Music Alive

Symphony Orchestras and performing arts organizations all over the world have had to cancel performances, postpone events and shutter concert hall doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Live performances involve large groups of people and that's not a good idea right now. So what are these artists doing in the meantime? How do they create music and connect with an audience? Thankfully, we are in a digital age and have technology to help, but how people choose to use that technology is up to them. Aram Demirjian and the musicians of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra have been busy creating new content, recording home performances, and thinking outside of the box to continue to engage with the Knoxville community and beyond. In this difficult time when there is so much uncertainty and so many challenges, people are seeking out music more than ever. Music connects us. It calms us. It motivates us. It is therapy. And so, keeping the music alive is not only important for the KSO, it's important for all of us.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's digital content can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KnoxSymphony/, on Maestro Demirjian's Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/conductorhair/or on their Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXLelcNecPo&t=33s

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.
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