Apr 21 -22

Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series

The Cycle of Life: World Premiere


Thursday, April 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m. | TICKETS

Friday, April 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m. | TICKETS


Tennessee Theatre

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Bass, Berry & Sims

Please Note: We will adhere to local health guidelines and policies set forth by the venues we rent. At present, the Tennessee Theatre will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter the venue, and masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Click here to see current venue guidelines for the Tennessee Theatre. Please review before attendance.

Aram Demirjian, conductor

Tessa Lark, violin



MICHAEL SCHACHTER, Violin Concerto: Cycle of Life (KSO commission; World Premiere)



After a long pandemic-induced delay, the world premiere of Cycle of Life is finally here! Jointly commissioned by the KSO, Knoxville Museum of Art, and their supporters, this violin concerto is inspired by Richard Jolley’s monumental work Cycle of Life: Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity. Composed by Knoxville-favorite and rising star Michael Schachter, GRAMMY-nominated Tessa Lark returns to premiere this profound new work alongside Rachmaninoff’s luscious Second Symphony.


Why You Will Love This Program:

  • Knoxville Favorites & Rising Stars: this will be the third Moxley Carmichael Masterworks appearance for both Schachter and Lark, because our audience just wouldn’t stop asking for more!
  • National Spotlight: Cycle of Life will be featured in a segment of the PBS show Craft in America in advance of its premiere.
  • Rachmaninoff: A composer with a special tie to Knoxville, his Second Symphony is like musical chocolate cake: bold, sweet, and indulgent in the best possible way.


Musical Tasting Menu:

  • Check out Craft in America’s segment previewing Cycle of Life (COMING SOON!)
  • For Music Director Aram Demirjian, “more than any other piece of music, the Adagio from Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony got me through the hardest days of the pandemic.” See what he means:


Tessa Lark

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