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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Contact Name: Jennifer Harrell

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P.O. Box 360
Knoxville, Tennessee 37901-0360
United States
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Phone: (865) 521-2305

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The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is to develop and sustain a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standards and to reach East Tennessee audiences of all ages by providing excellence in musical performance and education programs. When Bertha Walburn Clark first performed with her string quartet in 1910, she laid the foundation for what would become the Southeast’s oldest continuing orchestra and a pillar of East Tennessee’s cultural life – the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Formally established in 1935, the KSO began a period of significant growth in 1947 when David Van Vactor assumed dual roles as Chairman of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Fine Arts and KSO’s Music Director. For the next 26 years, Van Vactor attracted many outstanding musicians to the community and nurtured the Orchestra’s burgeoning reputation for excellence.

In 1973, under the direction of Arpad Joo, the Orchestra began compensating all musicians for their services and required each player to audition. Zoltan Rozsnyai took the KSO to a new level of professionalism in 1978 when he hired 16 full-time string players who eventually formed the nucleus of the Knoxville Symphony’s Chamber Orchestra. In 1985 Kirk Trevor joined the orchestra as Music Director and Conductor. During his 18-year tenure the KSO was recognized as one of the finest regional orchestras in the United States. He broadened the musical spectrum of the KSO by adding Pops and Chamber series to the orchestra’s regular season, as well as the highly-acclaimed Clayton Holiday Concerts.

An international search brought Lucas Richman to the podium as music Director in 2003-04. He brought an exciting background in conducting and composing to the KSO and focused additionally on education and community programs, creating a Music & Wellness initiative that has been recognized nationally and reintroducing Family Concerts with his original animated character: Picardy Penguin.

Today the budget of the KSO spans more than $3 million and supports a core of full-time professional musicians who perform more than 300 programs throughout East Tennessee each season. Performing in traditional venues like the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, Knoxville’s Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like classrooms, hospitals, city parks and churches – the KSO reaches more than 200,000 children and adults each year.

Aram Demirjian was named the KSO’s eighth Music Director on May 31, 2016, launching the Knoxville Symphony into a new era. A dynamic emerging leader on the American musical landscape, conductor Aram Demirjian recently served as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, where he led over 200 performances, programmed and conducted original education concerts for more than 40,000 grade-school students annually and grew the audience through the innovative new series, Classics Uncorked. He previously was a member of the conducting faculty at New England Preparatory School and a conducting apprentice with Handel & Haydn Society.

The KSO is creating new programs and services in under-served neighborhoods, communities and schools eager to be a part of an East Tennessee arts renaissance. The KSO is expanding music education programs at all grade levels in an effort to introduce music to future audiences and to train musicians of the 21st century. The KSO is focused on recruiting and retaining top quality musicians for the orchestra who will become active members of the Knoxville community. In the next decade, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra aims to touch the lives of more than a million people through accessible musical performances and education programs.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Young People's Concerts: What's Your Story? Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Young People’s Concerts are concert programs created for students in the third through fifth grades. The concerts include music selected for young audiences, narration and exciting visual elements like video projections, props, lighting, costumes and guest artists. The 2019 YPCs will explore rhythms of different cultures. Students will sing along with orchestra, define beat and rhythm, explore basic note values and hear rhythms of Hungary, Ireland, Argentina, and Spain. The KSO will be joined by The UT Percussion Ensemble. Highlights include: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Kodály’s Háry János Suite, Libertango by Piazzolla, and music of John Williams. All groups receive a teacher’s guide and audio links to help prepare students for the concert experience and ensure educational value.

Program Start Date: 10/30/2019

Program Time:
9:30 am-12:00pm

Program Fee:
$6.25 each, 1 free adult with each 10 students

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Program Title: Young People's Concerts: What's Your Story? Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville, TN

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

Young People’s Concerts are imaginative concert programs created for students in the third through fifth grades. These concerts are presented for almost 10,000 students annually in two venues. The concerts include music selected especially for young audiences, narration and exciting visual elements such as video projections, props, special lighting, costumes and guest artists. The 2018 Young People’s Concerts will explore the elements that combine to make a story including: setting, character and plot; and the ways that music can represent each of these elements. Students will be asked to create their own story to go along with an evocative piece of music and six winning stories will be selected to be performed with the KSO during the concerts. Musical Highlights will include: Florence Price’s Mississippi River Suite, Ravel’s Conversations of Beauty and the Beast, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Greig’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and music of John Williams. All groups who sign up in advance to attend receive a teacher’s guide and CD of excerpts from the show to help prepare students for the concert experience and ensure educational value.

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Program Title: Very Young People's Concerts: Drumming and Dancing

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

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Very Young People’s Concerts are concert programs created for students in pre-school through second grades. These concerts include music selected for young audiences, narration and exciting visual elements like video projections, props, lighting, costumes and guest artists. The 2020 VYPCs will explore rhythm through drumming and dancing. Students will learn the beat of a march and a waltz, experience rhythms from South American and African American cultures, and contemporary rhythms of orchestral music. Highlights will include: Handy’s St. Louis Blues March, Rosas’ Sombre las Olas, Reich’s Clapping Music, Bates’ Warehouse Music and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. All groups receive a teacher’s guide and audio links to help prepare students for the concert experience and ensure educational value.

 

Program Start Date: 2/26/2020 – 2/27/2020

Program Times: 9:30AM-12:00PM

Program Cost: $8, 1 free adult with each 10 students

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