Mar 17 -18

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series

Brahms Symphony No. 2


Thursday, March 17, 2022, 7:30 p.m. | TICKETS

Friday, March 18, 2022, 7:30 p.m. | TICKETS


Tennessee Theatre

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Theresa Stone

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Aram Demirjian, conductor

Tanya Gabrielian, piano



ELLEN REID, Petrichor

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY, Piano Concerto No. 1



Pianist Tanya Gabrielian makes a much-anticipated return to Knoxville performing a pillar of the piano repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto. Aram Demirjian and the KSO usher in springtime with the most cheery and optimistic of Brahms’ symphonies, and the KSO performs the Tennessee premiere of Petrichor by East Tennessee native and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid.


Why You Will Love This Program:

  • Homegrown talent: Ellen Reid grew up in Oak Ridge, TN, and she is now one of the most sought-after composers in the United States.
  • Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is iconic, transcending the stage and into popular culture, appearing in contexts as varied as Olympics ceremonies, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and SpongeBob.
  • Brahms’ Second Symphony has one of the most energized endings in the symphonic repertoire.


Musical Tasting Menu:

  • Merriam Webster defines “petrichor” as “a distinctive, earthy, usually pleasant odor that is associated with rainfall especially when following a warm, dry period.” Listen to a sample of how Reid realizes that concept here:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra · Ellen Reid: “Petrichor” with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (excerpt)


  • The opening chords of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto were an addition suggested by his editor after he had completed the piece. They have gone on to be the most recognizable aspect of the concerto. Get excited by listening to that phenomenal introduction:


Tanya Gabrielian

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