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Introducing The Knoxville Chamber Music Society

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Knoxville has a new professional music organization to add to its wealth of arts offerings: The Knoxville Chamber Music Society (KCMS). Founded by University of TN School of Music professors, Hillary Herndon and Jorge Variego, the mission of KCMS is "to bring together Knoxville's exceptional musicians with dedicated audience members to create inspirational chamber music experiences." Herndon and Variego say they miss playing chamber music during the school year and felt there was a need for an organization to coordinate and host these types of performances. KCMS will not have a set roster of musicians, but rather will be open to any high caliber musician or ensemble who seeks to perform chamber music.  

The inaugural concert is coming up on Saturday, November 13th at 7pm and will be given at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located at 414 W. Vine Ave in downtown Knoxville. Joining Herndon and Variego will be the Inner Voices String Quartet (Ruth Bacon and Sara Ringer, violins, Christy Graffeo, viola, and Jeanine Wilkinson, cello), pianist, Bernadette Lo, mezzo-soprano, Jennifer D'Agostino, and oboist, Rebecca Van de Ven. The musicians will perform Mozart's "Kegelstatt" Trio, K. 498 for clarinet, viola and piano, "We Choose to go to the Moon" for cello and voice by Robert Honstein, "Blueprint" for string quartet by Caroline Shaw, "Four Personalities" for oboe and piano by Alyssa Morris, and the String Quintet in F Major, Op.88 by Johannes Brahms. 

More information is available at http://knoxvillechambermusicsociety.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.