This weekend, Friday and Saturday evenings, will see two recent entrants into Knoxville’s classical music scene in performance. On Friday evening, the Scruffy City Orchestra—hailed as Knoxville’s first and only community orchestra—will make its debut at 7:30pm at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in downtown Knoxville. The orchestra has been configured as a membership organization, comprised of over 40 amateur and professional musicians. The program Old Friends, New Faces, will include the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Elgar’s “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations, and an arranged medley from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera. Two local conductors have been recruited by the orchestra, Ace Edewards and Matt Wilkinson. The master of ceremonies for the evening will be WUOT’s Kevin Richard Doherty.
“There are orchestras in communities surrounding Knoxville in which our members play,” says SCO board president Janice Mitchell, “but many of us wanted to give back something to the community in which we live and work.”
Old Friends, New Faces
Scruffy City Orchestra
First Baptist Church of Knoxville (510 W. Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902)
Friday, April 8, at 7:30pm. Admission is $5 at the door. Debit and credit cards will be accepted.
On Saturday evening, the piano trio Trillium (Alison Maerker-Garner, violin; Alicia Randisi-Hooker, cello; and Robert Bonham, piano) will perform at Bill Jones Music Center. Their program, called Building Bridges, will include the first set of three miniatures by Frank Bridge interspersed throughout the concert tying together works by Mozart, Haydn, Clara Schumann, and Dvorak.
Founded in 2014, Trillium has sought to balance performances from the piano trio repertoire with music education efforts with young musician, high school, and college students.
Trillium Piano Trio
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9. 2016
Bill Jones Music Center
10412 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922
$12 at the door