Most Memorable Classical Music Performances of 2014

All in all, 2014 was pretty much a good year in terms of classical music performances in Knoxville—unless you happened to be a certain classical music writer. Despite the local newspaper coverage turmoil in the final quarter of the year, life went on for performers and performances. And, as usual, the cream of the crop presented itself…

The Classical Music Calendar: 11/10-11/16

This week is a bit short on quantity of events, but certainly not short on quality. This week’s KSO performance of Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie should not be missed. Tuesday, November 11 UT Jazz Big Band Fall Concert 8:00 p.m. Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center Thursday and Friday, November 13 and…

UT Opera Theatre Offers ‘Medea’ This Weekend

The University of Tennessee Opera Theatre presents the world premiere of Larry Delinger’s Medea this weekend in four performances at the Relix Variety Theatre. Delinger’s Medea features a libretto by Douglas Langworthy, who translated and adapted the classic story from a play by a relatively obscure German playwright, Hans Henny Jahnn. The production is directed by John…

Review: Marble City Opera’s Premieres a Stunning Success

Although Marble City Opera hasn’t even reached its 2nd birthday yet, Knoxville’s chamber opera company has definitely found a place on the musical map for itself. The company’s opening performance of two short operas (world premieres, no less) by Larry Delinger last night at the Square Room confirmed what many intuitively felt—there is a lofty and…

Thurs/Sat: Marble City Opera, ‘Talk to Me Like the Rain’ and ‘Amelia Lost’

By now, everyone has heard about Delingerfest, a series of events surrounding the music of American composer, Larry Delinger. Along with Delinger’s Composer-in-Residence period with the University of Tennessee School of Music this month and next, Marble City Opera, Knoxville’s chamber opera company, is offering the world premiere of two short Delinger operas, Talk To Me…

The Classical Music Calendar: 10/27-11/2 (Updated)

Choices abound this week in the Knoxville classical music scene, some of which may require hard decisions. Of particular note is a concert appearance by the Westminster Abbey Choir on Wednesday at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. On Sunday afternoon, November 2, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Principal Quartet performs in their Chamber Classics Series…

Friday: Delingerfest Begins

American contemporary composers must wage constant battles–battles for recognition, for work, and for performances of their work. Occasionally, though, the planets align for both composer and audience as they are doing with the UT School of Music’s DELINGERFEST, performances and activities centered around the work of composer Larry Delinger. That series of events begins tonight, October…

The Classical Music Calendar: 10/20-10/26

It’s a busy week in Knoxville’s classical music scene, just the thing to lighten a heavy heart. Note: “UT SOM” = University of Tennessee School of Music Monday, October 20 Los Angeles Piano Quartet, UT SOM (Mikhail Kopelman-Violin, Katherine Murdock-Viola,  Steven Doane-Cello and Xak Bjerken-Piano) Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Major…