KSO This Thursday/Friday: Smetana, Sibelius, Dvorak

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Guest conductor: Andrew Grams

“Sarka” from Smetana’s Ma Vlast
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor (violin soloist Bella Hristova)

Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 in D Major
Thursday and Friday, January 19 and 20, 7:30 PM
Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Downtown Knoxville


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?

This year, this week, there may be a number of things to fear, but I can categorically state that weather will not be one of them for Knoxvillians. And, the KSO’s Masterworks concerts promise a program that music lovers should not miss.

In the Dvorak symphony, the composer’s love of Brahms and Beethoven is evident, as is his unabashed willingness to quote from two objects of his admiration.

Violinist Bella Hristova joins guest conductor Andrew Grams and the orchestra for Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Charles Downey writing in the Washington Post last season offered  “…she made a debut noteworthy for its fortitude and technique.”