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.)

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.

Sergio Yazbek

The world-renowned chamber ensemble, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, will perform with the virtuoso and innovative guitarist, JIJI, Sunday afternoon at 3pm in Oak Ridge's Pollard Auditorium. Founded in 1982, the Mexican-based quartet has over 80 albums to their name and two Latin Grammys. Proponents of Latin American chamber music, they have premiered over 100 works written for them and continue to commission new music from emerging composers.

WUOT Morning Concert host Melony Dodson speaks with KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian and KSO Director of Education and Community Partnerships Jennifer Harrell, about the orchestra's upcoming invitation to the SHIFT Festival in March 2020 in Washington, DC. Maestro Demirjian explains what the festival is and also talks about what the symphony will perform while they are in Washington, DC. Jennifer outlines all of the various ways that the Symphony interacts with and improves our community.

Aram Demirjian discusses the upcoming KSO performance of Timeless Romance.  He also shares his thoughts on different concert halls, the Boston Red Sox and more. 

The Choir of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Knoxville, will present a meditative and peaceful Evensong service, featuring choral music by Sir Charles Stanford, Jonathan Dove, and Philip Radcliffe. The choir will be accompanied by music associate and organist Eunjin Choi, who will also perform an organ prelude beginning ten minutes before the service.

Knoxville's male vocal ensemble, Orison, is presenting a meditative and reflective program at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Knoxville, Sunday December 2nd at 7:30pm.

The music-led, candlelit service is called a Compline and consists of chant, psalms, and anthems, which will provide a space and opportunity for audience members to meditate, breathe, and become centered before the hectic holiday season begins.

Music honoring and celebrating fallen heros; that was intent behind Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. (Other than creating magnificent music, that is). This Sunday afternoon at 4pm, the UT Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) tackles this epic work, under the leadership of Maestro James Fellenbaum. Performing just a few weeks after classes have begun, this talented group of young, hard-working musicians are showing us that exciting things are in store for the UTSO.

There is a new professional choral ensemble in town and they are presenting their first concert this weekend! Symphony of Voices will perform at First United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30pm. The group consists of twelve professional singers who work in the Knoxville area as choral directors, teachers, and performers.

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