Early Morning Concert on WUOT

Weekends from 6-8 a.m.

Classical music from WUOT's music library. 

Classics for Kids airs Saturday mornings at 7:53 (repeats Monday at 3 p.m.)

The city of Oak Ridge, TN was essentially born out of a need to solve a problem. Established in 1942 as a production and development site for the Manhattan Project, scientists came to live and work in this small town where the atomic bomb would be developed. Not long after arriving in Oak Ridge, one scientist, Waldo Cohn, a cellist, felt the need to play chamber music with some of his colleagues. Out of this grew the Oak Ridge Symphonette, which would later become the Oak Ridge Symphony, conducted by Cohn.

Amidst the chaos of COVID-19 and the disruption it has caused for live performances, there has been some good news for music director, Aram Demirjian. The young conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has been named the eleventh recipient of the Sir Georg Solti conducting award. This prestigious award is the largest grant given to a conductor under the age of thirty-eight years old. The grant may be used  for career advancement, whether it be for furthering studies, purchasing scores, or paying for travel.

Clara Prinston had the opportunity to speak with Nathalie Joachim and Doyle Armbrust of the Spektral Quartet to discuss their recent collaboration. Although they were scheduled to perform at this year's canceled Big Ears Festival, we have to decided share this and several Big Ears interviews.  Enjoy!


International Tchaikovsky Competition finalist, Tianxu An will present a recital in Knoxville on Sunday, March 8th at 2:30pm. This concert is part of the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist series and will be the final performance in the 2020 season.

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is more than just an epic piece of music. With this work, Beethoven challenges us, even to this day, to consider the ideals of unity, brotherhood, and harmony. The addition of a chorus and vocal soloists, which had never been done before, gave Beethoven the tools to express extramusical ideas.

Clara Prinston talks to Hillary Herndnon about the creation of a new database of  underrepresented composers. 

"Like father like son"

Award-winning double-bassist and composer, Edgar Meyer, says he was most influenced by his father, Edgar Meyer, Sr. who founded and directed the string program for Oak Ridge City schools for decades. Edgar Meyer, Sr. established the importance of learning music in school, a legacy that continues today. And now, Edgar Jr.'s son George joins the lineage, in his own right, as a violinist and composer.

Derek Reeves began playing the violin shortly before the age of three. His mother was a violinist and his father, a jazz saxophonist as well as a military officer. Being a military family, the Reeves moved around quite a bit, but music was always a constant in their lives. Derek excelled at the violin at a young age and decided to pursue it as a profession, eventually making the switch to viola, as he found that the larger-sized instrument felt more comfortable.

The Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series attracts some of the world's brightest, most talented young musicians. Past performers have either already won numerous prestigious keyboard competitions, while others have gone on to earn those accolades.

Evelyn Miller was a pianist, teacher and visionary who established this concert series in 1980, with the dream of giving pianists under the age of 35 the opportunity to share their music with a Knoxville audience. Past performers include Jeffrey Biegel, The 5 Browns, and Jonathan Biss to name just a few.

We are sad to report that our weekend classical announcer, Jim Blalock, passed away over the weekend after a long, valiant battle against cancer. WUOT was fortunate to call Jim a colleague, mentor, and encyclopedia of classical music knowledge. More importantly, Jim was our friend. From the time he took to the WUOT airwaves, Jim was an instant favorite for many of our listeners.