nief-norf Summer Festival Performances Begin Monday, June 12

nief-norf describes its Summer Festival as “an interdisciplinary summer music festival,” but that really falls substantially short in communicating just how important and compelling it is in the world of contemporary music. The festival brings together performers, composers, and scholars in an immersive participation and performance experience that also absorbs those audience members that find themselves…

nief-norf Summer Festival–June 7-20

The Big Ears Festival has benefited Knoxville in countless ways, some obvious and glaringly important, but many more invisible or understated and, nonetheless, critical to the music scene and the city’s image. One of these benefits has been the exposure and publicity given to the contemporary music organization, nief-norf, and its notable performances at this year’s festival. While…

Tonight: The Pro Arte Quartet at UT

The Pro Arte Quartet has been around since 1912. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels, the group’s rich history includes Bela Bartok’s dedication of his fourth string quartet and the premiere of Barber’s opus 11 string quartet that features as its slow movement music that has become the “Adagio for Strings.” The quartet (current members David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello) can be heard in recital this evening, Monday February 29, courtesy of the University of Tennessee School of Music.

Monday: Tenor Gerhard Siegel in Recital

German tenor Gerhard Siegel makes an appearance in Knoxville on Monday evening, November 23, courtesy of the University of Tennessee School of Music and their ongoing series of guest artist recitals. American audiences saw him as Mime in the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, specifically Das Rheingold and Siegfried. Recently he recorded a new CD…

Sunday: UT Symphony Orchestra and ‘Haydn’

In September, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra opened its 2014-15 season with a concert titled “España!”, an event I previewed briefly in an issue of Metro Pulse. At the time, I received very little information on the concert from Maestro James Fellenbaum, who usually overwhelms me with material and insights about his programs. I…