Review in Brief: The Final “Gabriel Lefkowitz and Friends”

After last weekend’s stellar final Masterworks concert appearance by outgoing concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz performing the Brahms Violin Concerto (see the review in the Knoxville Mercury), this week’s final Concertmaster Series events (“Gabriel Lefkowitz and Friends”) may have seemed a bit anticlimactic to many. Oddly, though, just the opposite was true. The event at the Knoxville Museum of…

KSO This Week – William Shaub’s Audition and Gabriel Lefkowitz’s Finale

This week’s Masterworks concerts by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra mark yet another transition for the organization. Just as the KSO’s Aram Demirjian begins the last three programs of his first season as music director and principal conductor, the KSO’s concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz ends his six year stint with the orchestra having taken up the comparable post with the Louisville Orchestra.

Review in brief: ‘Gabriel Lefkowitz and Friends’ offers a delicious ‘Trout’

Franz Schubert, at his best, gives the listener a feeling of euphoria, an ineffable sensation of joy that falls somewhere between contentment and exhilaration. Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” (Quintet in A Major, D. 667), heard last evening on the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s “Gabriel Lefkowitz and Friends” Concertmaster Series of chamber music at the Knoxville Museum of…

Review: KSO Chamber Orchestra, “Mozart and Haydn”

In case there are any readers who haven’t noticed, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Classics Series at the Bijou is right up there as my favorite music series in Knoxville. The reasons for this are pretty obvious. The clarity of acoustics in the Bijou is simply stunning in its naturalness, allowing nuance and subtlety of…

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…

Sunday: Gabriel Lefkowitz Plays Mozart at the Bijou

This Sunday, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Classics Series features Gabriel Lefkowitz as soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 216. Conductor James Fellenbaum will also lead the Chamber Orchestra in two works for strings, Britten’s ‘Simple Symphony’ and Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for String Orchestra in E Major, Op. 22.