Aram Demirjian

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be opening their 2021-2022 season with a program including Umoja: Anthem for Unity by Valerie Coleman, Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, and a brand new take on Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The Four Seasons will include live spoken word from members of Knoxville-based poetry collective, The 5th Woman, and violinist Robyn Bollinger. In this interview, Clara Prinston speaks with KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian and Rhea Carmon, Executive Director of The 5th Woman and Knoxville's Poet Laureate. 

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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 37th annual free Independence Day Concert returns to World's Fair Park, after not being able to perform in 2020 due to Covid-19. The concert will be given at 8pm on Saturday, July 3rd in the Tennessee Amphitheatre, and will feature familiar favorites such as The Stars and Stripes Forever, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, and America the Beautiful, as well as some new works, including Valerie Coleman's Seven O'Clock Shout, which will be played to honor all of those who served our community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Violinist Tessa Lark returns to the Tennessee Theatre stage to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in their final Masterworks concert of the 2020-2021 season. The program will feature "Sky," a violin concerto written by American composer Michael Torke for Tessa Lark. The Grammy-nominated piece is an hommage to Lark's home state of Kentucky, featuring bluegrass and folk inspired musical elements. Following the concerto, KSO music director Aram Demirjian will lead the orchestra in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has recently resumed performances this Spring, with limited in-person seating available to subscribers and livestream performances available to the general public. The next performance takes place on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:30pm and will feature Mendelssohn's Symphony No.4 ("Italian"), Respighi's 'Botticelli Triptych', and the "Romanian Concerto" by Ligeti.  Maestro Aram Demirjian says that these three pieces exude the lightness and effervescence of Spring and, simply put, "sound good together"!

Aram Demirjian and Reverend Renee Kessler join Clara Prinston to discuss the March Moxley Carmichael Masterworks concert. The program will be presented by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Works featured will include the KSO debut of composer Carlos Simon, as well as other works by Joseph Haydn, Joseph Boulogne, and Florence Price.

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Three Knoxville arts organizations are collaborating to present a livestreamed performance of Igor Stravinsky's theatrical work with music, "The Soldier's Tale," Sunday, February 7th at 2:30pm. Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide the music, with music director, Aram Demirjian, conducting the seven member chamber ensemble. Narration will be provided by Kathryn Frady of Marble City Opera, with stage direction by James Marvel. Lisa McKee of GO! Contemporary Dance Works is the choreographer, with dancer, Ashlynn Mason playing the role of the princess.

Symphony Orchestras and performing arts organizations all over the world have had to cancel performances, postpone events and shutter concert hall doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Live performances involve large groups of people and that's not a good idea right now. So what are these artists doing in the meantime? How do they create music and connect with an audience? Thankfully, we are in a digital age and have technology to help, but how people choose to use that technology is up to them.

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.


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.

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