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West Side Story, Candide, and the Bernstein Experience

By Bob Adamcik, KSO percussionist A classical musician who was known around the world and recognized in popular culture? The 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein gives us a chance to look at his life and career as an unprecedented force in music and society as a performer, conductor, and teacher. He was also a civil rights […]

Drumroll, please…

KSO percussionist Bob Adamcik shows us just one way he cares for his instruments. Watch it here. “When I love listening to a piece of music, I sometimes have to remind myself that a person has taken what is basically a machine and created something beautiful with it. As you watch and listen to the Knoxville Symphony, […]

Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ coming this fall

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Clarence Brown Theatre celebrate the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a production of his Broadway smash Candide. Candide Aug. 31 – Sept. 16, 2018 Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Featuring hit songs “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow,” Candide is a modern theatrical setting […]

KSO Pops 2018-19 Season will ‘Fly you to the Moon!’

Just Announced…The Knoxville Symphony Orchestras’ News Sentinel Pops Series lineup for 2018-2019. The KSO 2018-19 Pops Season includes Music of Frank Sinatra, Music of Pink Floyd, Disney’s Mary Poppins, and Leslie Odom, Jr. from Broadway’s Hamilton, a role for which he won the Tony Award for Best Male Actor. You have the chance to see Hamilton‘s Leslie Odom, […]

Gershwin, Price, Copland- This concert takes the cake

This week’s Masterworks performances are sure to take the cake. The KSO 2017-18 season comes to a close this Thursday and Friday with “Rhapsody in Blue.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre with a pre-concert chat at 6:30. Tickets here. Pianist Michelle Cann joins the Orchestra for not one but two piano concerti – […]

Another Grand Opera for Knoxville

Don’t let that apparent gap in the KSO’s concert schedule fool you– we are still plenty busy preparing for Knoxville Opera’s production of Aïda this coming Friday and Sunday. The grand finale of KOC’s 40th anniversary season will be a proper Grand Opera. The demanding vocal score is in good musical hands with soprano Michelle Johnson (as […]

The gift of music found in unexpected places

Music entertains as well as uplifts our minds, bodies, and spirits. The KSO’s Music and Wellness program places live musicians playing therapeutic music in healthcare settings – including hospital rooms. Alan Carmichael, a well-known marketer and music lover in Knoxville, was a recipient of the gift of music. Alan writes: “I had quadruple bypass surgery at […]