Five Reasons To Catch This Week’s KSO Concerts

For reasons that often border on the illogical, if not irrational, the winter concerts of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with guest conductors are often passed up by regular concertgoers, yielding sparser crowds than usual. Is it the weather? That certainly isn’t the case this winter. The reality is that these January and February concerts usually…

Knoxville Opera, La Boheme, Tennessee Theatre, February 2017

Review: Knoxville Opera’s ‘La Bohème’

Infused with cold medicine and lulled into a sense of security by cough lozenges so as not to compete with poor consumptive Mimi, I entered the Tennessee Theatre last weekend with definite expectations for a La Bohème from Knoxville Opera—an opera that had been absent from Knoxville stages for 10 years, almost to the day. Expectations,…


2017 Winners: Met Auditions, Southeast Region

The 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for the Southeast region were held on Sunday, February 12, at Spivey Hall of Clayton State University in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, judges awarded three first place winners (eliminating second and third place awards) All three will advance to the semi-finals in New York City on March 12…


KSO Announces Its 2017-18 Season Schedule

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2017-18 season. Sales of season subscriptions are underway. Tickets for individual concerts will be available later in the summer. Tickets and Info or 865.291.3310 KSO Masterworks Series for 2017-18 (This looks to be a season filled with regional flavors and crowd favorites. All concerts are at the Tennessee Theatre, 604…


KSO This Thursday/Friday: Smetana, Sibelius, Dvorak

This time last year, the irrational fear of a snowstorm kept a lot of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s audience hunkered down at home. The storm never really materialized, the concert pair went on as scheduled albeit with small audiences, and the guest conductor that evening, Aram Demirjian, has become the KSO’s music director and conductor. See what happens when you let a few flakes rule your life?