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Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz Leaving KSO After 2016-17 Season

It was probably inevitable–the career pressure on brilliantly talented classical musicians cannot be underestimated. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz, has announced that he will be leaving the KSO for the comparable position with the Louisville Orchestra. While I’ll have more comments on this later, here is the KSO’s press release: The Knoxville Symphony…

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July 1 First Friday Shows at the Emporium Center

Downtown’s First Friday is always a big day for the Emporium Center; this month’s events are no exception. The First Friday openings of the shows listed below can be viewed from 5:00-9:00 p.m. The Emporium Center is located at 100 S. Gay Street, in downtown Knoxville. The shows are hosted by the Arts & Culture…

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NIEF-NORF Summer Festival Performances Begin

Nief-Norf, the contemporary music organization, launched its NIEF-NORF SUMMER FESTIVAL on Tuesday evening with an opening faculty concert at UT Music’s Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall. The evening was a diverse and varied one, with works from David Bethell, Christopher Adler, Tonia Ko, Christopher Burns, David Lang, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Nicholas Deyoe. Much more remains–here…

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nief-norf Summer Festival–June 7-20

The Big Ears Festival has benefited Knoxville in countless ways, some obvious and glaringly important, but many more invisible or understated and, nonetheless, critical to the music scene and the city’s image. One of these benefits has been the exposure and publicity given to the contemporary music organization, nief-norf, and its notable performances at this year’s festival. While…