Review in Knoxville Mercury: Lucas Richman’s Finale Concert with the KSO

In this week’s Knoxville Mercury, I review last weekend’s concert of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra—a concert that was the final one for Lucas Richman as the orchestra’s music director and conductor. The concert included Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Gabriel Lefkowitz, Mahler’s Adagio from the Tenth Symphony, and Maurice Ravel’s…

Review: KSO’s ‘Orchestra Soloists’ a Delight

Principal bassoon Aaron Apaza and principal trumpet Phillip Chase Hawkins have both been with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for only a couple of seasons, but their presence and effect on the ensemble have already been indisputably positive. On the Sunday afternoon Chamber Classics concert with Maestro Lucas Richman and the KSO Chamber Orchestra at the…

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…

KSO This Week: Richard Strauss’ ‘Eine Alpensinfonie’

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Lucas Richman conducting Thursday and Friday, November 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Emily Birsan, soprano, and Gary Sperl, clarinet) Verdi: “Caro nome” from Rigoletto (Birsan) Verdi: “È strano! Ah,…

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…