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September 19, 2019, at 7:30 pm

September 20, 2019, at 7:30 pm

The Planets

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

STRAUSS, On the Beautiful Blue Danube
MAZZOLI, These Worlds In Us
DEBUSSY (arr. Stokowski), Clair de lune
HOLST, The Planets

The KSO’s Opening Weekend begins earthbound with Johann Strauss, Jr.’s, elegant and uplifting “Blue Danube” waltzes before embarking on a simultaneous journey of distant and interior worlds. Poetry-inspired works by Missy Mazzoli and Claude Debussy delve into the richly layered emotional and spiritual worlds that live inside every person through the symbols of flight and the moon. Holst’s The Planets, conceived by the composer as exploration of the astrological influence of the planets on the human psyche, will be presented images of our Solar System, allowing for simultaneous consideration of the astronomical majesty with which this masterpiece has come to be associated.


Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville, TN

September 29, 2019, at 2:30 pm

Tchaikovsky Transformed

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Edward Pulgar, violin
Kathryn Gawne, viola

McKAY, Unveiling
MOZART, Sinfonia concertante, K. 364, in E-flat major
TCHAIKOVSKY (arr. Theofanidis), Chamber Symphony No. 1 (after Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1)

The KSO Chamber Classics Series begins an eclectic season with a program about transition and transformation, highlighted by a new orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s much beloved String Quartet No. 1 by American composer Christopher Theofanidis. The program opens with a sonic journey by Knoxville composer Dosia McKay’s Unveiling, which begins with a single note and morphs into a seemingly infinite sea of polyphony before returning to where it began. At the heart of the program lies Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, composed at a time of transition in young Mozart’s life following the death of his mother and at the outset of his most mature period of composition.


Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN

October 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm

October 18, 2019, at 7:30 pm

Grieg Piano Concerto

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Natasha Paremski, piano

MONTGOMERY, Records from a Vanishing City
GRIEG, Piano Concerto in A minor
DVORAK, Symphony No. 7 in D minor

Memory, heritage and identity are at the spiritual core of this program, which features Jessie Montgomery’s deeply personal Records from a Vanishing City, inspired by the composer’s experiences growing up in New York City’s Lower East Side. Fiery, Romantic and sentimentally nationalistic war horses by Grieg and Dvorak round out an evening characterized by rich orchestrations and lush harmonies.


Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville, TN

October 26, 2019, at 11:35 am

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Program TBA


Verizon Hall
Philadelphia, PA

November 3, 2019, at 2:30 pm

Peter and the Wolf Revisited

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Narrator TBA

RAVEL, Mother Goose: Suite
PROKOFIEV, Peter and the Wolf
SIBELIUS, Valse triste from Kuolema
STRAVINSKY, Pulcinella: Suite

Prokofiev’s simple, charming, magical tale of Peter and the Wolf has introduced countless young ears to the instruments of the orchestra and to wonders of classical music. This program of fairy tales and legends invites adults to revisit that childlike wonder that still lives inside us all, and to share the experience with their younger family members.


Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN

November 9, 2019, at 7:30 pm

November 10, 2019, at 2:30 pm

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

ROSSINI, Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
HAYDN, Symphony No. 60 (Il distratto)
SHAW, Entr’acte
STRAVINSKY, Pulcinella: Suite

If Haydn, Rossini and Stravinsky had one thing in common, it was a sense of humor. Every piece on this theatric-inspired program encourages listeners to smile, whether because of the clownish antics of Pulcinella, the musical hijinks of prankster Franz Joseph Haydn, or a “journey through the looking glass” courtesy of Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw.


Catalina Foothills High School
Tucson, AZ

November 21, 2019, at 7:30 pm

November 22, 2019, at 7:30 pm

Beethoven and the Art of Rhythm

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
featuring Nief-Norf

BEETHOVEN, Overture to Prometheus
DORMAN, Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!
BEETHOVEN, Symphony No. 7, op. 92, in A major

The first of four KSO programs celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, this concert features Beethoven’s rhythmically pulsating Symphony No. 7, which Beethoven considered one of his best and Richard Wagner dubbed “The Apotheosis of the Dance.” Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman’s percussion concerto Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! is a multicultural tapestry of 21st century rhythms utilizing over 20 instruments, performed by members of Knoxville’s own contemporary ensemble Nief-Norf. We light the musical fuse of this energetic program with Beethoven’s Overture to Prometheus, the mythological hero who gave fire to humankind.


Tennessee Theatre
Knoxville, TN

December 1, 2019, at 2:30 pm

Handel’s Messiah

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Soloists TBA
Knoxville Choral Society
John Orr, music director

Handel, Messiah

The KSO’s beloved December tradition of “A Classical Christmas,” returns this year on a grander scale than ever before, featuring Handel’s Messiah with the Knoxville Choral Society, at the Tennessee Theatre. This performance also includes holiday favorites like Leroy Anderson’s Suite of Carols and other light classics, and the Messiah performance will comprise the seasonally appropriate Part I, plus timeless selections including “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth,” “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” and of course the Hallelujah Chorus!


Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN

December 14, 2019, at 11:35 am

The Philadelphia orchestra

Program TBA


Verizon Hall
Philadelphia, PA

December 20, 2019, at 7:30 pm

December 21, 2019, at 3:00 pm

December 21, 2019, at 7:30 pm

December 22, 2019, at 3:00 pm

33rd Annual Clayton Holiday Concert

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Program TBA


Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Knoxville, TN

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