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.

Valenci Adair

Russian pianist Alexey Trushechkin is the second artist to perform as part of the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series 2020 season. Alexey was born in Moscow to a family of musicians and began playing the pianist at the age of seven. After receiving several degrees in Moscow, he moved to the United States to study with Professor Henry Kramer at Columbus State University in Georgia.

St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Knoxville has been undergoing a number of extensive renovations for quite a while now. Director of music, Jason Overall, explains that the renovations in the sanctuary have returned it to its original state, when the cathedral was built in the late 1800's, and as a result, the acoustical properties have improved significantly. That's saying quite a lot, as the cathedral was widely considered to be one of the best spaces for music-making in Knoxville.

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.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will share an evening of music by Viennese composers, Mozart and Mahler on Thursday, January 16 and Friday, January 17th, both at 7:30pm in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Twenty-three year old pianist, Aristo Sham, will perform Mozart's joyful and lyrical Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major and then the KSO, led by Maestro Demirjian, will take the audience on an epic journey through Mahler's Symphony No.1 ('Titan').  Tickets and information at http://knoxvillesymphony.com

Local composer Dennis Belisle sits down with Todd Steed to talk composing and his colorful music history. 

A newly appointed angel contemplates whether he wants to be a "good" angel or perhaps a little bit of a "naughty" angel in the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus holiday concert, "Naughty or Nice". With an original script written by Adam Crandall, costumes by Kyle Schellinger, and choreography by Jeremy Hall, the chorus will perform an entertaining selection of holiday favorites, both "naughty and nice". Dr. Alan Stevens conducts two performances, both presented at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville, at 3 and 7:30pm on December 14th.

John Rutter's Gloria was commissioned in 1974 by a community chorus similar in size to that of the Oak Ridge Chorus. It was Rutter's first US commission and the Gloria introduced Rutter's music to American audiences, thanks to choral conductor Mel Olson, who was the commissioner. An exuberant and celebratory piece, the choir is accompanied by an ensemble of eight brass, organ, and percussion.

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.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and members from Nief-Norf will present a concert on Thursday, November 21st and Friday, November 22nd at 7:30pm. "The Art of Rhythm" is the theme and the audience will be treated to the rare opportunity to hear a percussion concerto which will be performed by percussionists Andy Bliss and Mike Truesdale, both members of the Knoxville-based contemporary music ensemble, Nief-Norf. Israeli-born composer, Avner Dorman's Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! is a "feast for the senses", says music director, Aram Demirjian.

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