Afternoon Concert

The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra opened its 2014-2015 season this past weekend with a performance of Boccherini's Cello Concerto in B-flat Major, featuring cellist and UT professor, Wesley Baldwin.  A few days prior to the concert, Morning Concert host, Melony Dodson, talked with Wesley about this beloved concerto among cellists.  Also included in the conversation: Baldwin's love of teaching and a little bit about performances still to come this season.

Jim McGuire

Mark O'Connor is widely regarded as one of the most versatile musicians of modern times. He is a violinist, fiddle champion, composer, educator, and, at least in the 70's, a rock star (as heard in The Dixie Dregs). His playing styles encompass virtually all genres, including bluegrass, jazz, classical, and country...to name just a few.  But he also fuses those styles together in his own compositions and improvisations to create music that's entirely new, but distinctly American.

Tara McMullen

Internationally acclaimed pianist, Jon Kimura Parker, opens up the KSO's 2014-2015 season with a performance of the fiery and dramatic Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor of Johannes Brahms.  Mr. Parker has performed under the baton of well-known conductors, including Wolfgang Sawallisch, Andre Previn, and Pinchas Zukerman to name just a few.

He's also a media personality, hosting a TV show on Bravo! ("Whole Notes"), a show on CBC radio ("Up and Coming"), and produces his own series on Youtube called "Concerto Chat." 

Martin Kennedy

Canadian violinist, Lara St. John has been playing the violin since the age of two (and a half).  She has performed all over the world and was one of the first professional musicians to create her own record label (Ancalagon).  She performs and commissions new works, as well as "the classics," such as Mozart's 4th violin concerto, which she will be playing tonight (November 15th, 2013) with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. St. John is a passionate performer with a vibrant tone.

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