Morning Concert on WUOT

Weekdays from 9-12 p.m.

The Monday program starts off with "Mystery Melody Monday" inviting listeners to identify the music selected. "First Friday" is Melony's request show heard morning's on the first Friday of each month. Listeners can send in requests via email to mgdodson@utk.edu or by phone at 865-974-5541, or send them on our Facebook page.  

Composers Datebook airs at approximately 10 a.m.
 

Note: playlists are not posted during fund drive weeks in the spring and fall.

The contemporary music ensemble, So Percussion, is used to thinking creatively, but even for them, this COVID-19 world is uncharted territory. How does a performance group keep making music for people? How do they stay involved with their community? How do they carry out their mission statement, which is to unite people and create social bonds through music? How do they stay afloat financially? These are questions that all arts organizations are asking right now.

University of TN alumna, Alexandria Shiner, has done nearly the impossible and was named a winner of the highly competitive Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The competition consists of numerous rounds and Shiner estimates that at least one-thousand young singers entered the competition this year. A total of five singers are awarded the title of Grand Finalist, which comes with a prize of $20,000 and of course, the priceless experience of performing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera with the Met Orchestra during the final round which this year, was on March 1st.

On March 16th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of TN made the decision to move all classes online through the end of the semester and to cancel all events, which included all performances at the Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT). Hamlet was nearing the end of its run, but abruptly had to close, cancelling the final three performances. Airness and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder had not yet begun rehearsals, but all of the elements were in place.

The Knoxville Choral Society will perform music that examines humankind's place in the vastness of the universe. Led by assistant conductor, Andrew Duncan, the choir will sing Ola Gjeilo's beautiful and transcending Sunrise Mass, Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs, Eric Whitacre's Lux Nova, and Jonathan Dove's Seek Him That Maketh The Seven Stars. The concert will be given at Central Bearden Baptist Church in Knoxville on March 12th at 7:30pm.

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.

Highly-acclaimed organist, Dr. Joby Bell, will present a recital of organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Bohm, Healey Willan, and more Friday March 6th at 8pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 6500 Northshore Drive in Knoxville.

Dr. Bell is a faculty member of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University and teaches organ, as well as sacred music studies. He has just completed a seven-disc recording series of the complete Charles Widor solo organ works for the Centaur record label.

Knoxville native, Beauford Delaney, was a central figure in the high-art circles of Boston, New York, and Paris during the mid-twentieth century. But after his death in 1979, his name and his works were largely forgotten. Today, his legacy is being revived through the tireless efforts of artists, curators, collectors, critics and art enthusiasts worldwide. 

 

On the February Masterworks concert, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform music by three pioneers in Classical music: George Walker, Florence Price, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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.

"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.

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