Aram Demirjian, conductor
Andrew Staupe, piano
Aram Demirjian and the KSO honor local veterans in a program of moving works written or inspired by those who served. This evening includes: Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from famed Broadway classic On the Town, which tells the story of sailors on 24-hour leave from the Navy; Samuel Barber’s “Night Flight,” commissioned by the U.S. Army and composed while Barber served in the Army Air Force; Born on the Fourth of July by Air Force veteran John Williams, inspired by veterans’ chronic struggle of PTSD; Concerto for Left Hand by Maurice Ravel, who joined the French Army at 39 and wrote this piece for Austrian concert pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost an arm in World War I, played by pianist Andrew Staupe; Navy veteran William Grant Still’s In memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy, an orchestral elegy that highlighted the sacrifice of Black soldiers fighting for America in the midst of segregation. To end the program, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, written and premiered during World War II, is offered as a tribute to the volunteer spirit of the Volunteer State.
All students grades K-12 can attend this concert FREE with purchase of one adult ticket as part of the Penny4Arts program. Up to 3 students per adult ticket; some restrictions apply. Must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310 prior to the day of the concert (M-F, 9-5). Offer not available online or at the door. Questions: boxoffice@
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