It doesn’t take a big music venue to make a lot of waves in the world of classical and new music–a lot of cities are discovering that that alternative locations (like Le Poisson Rouge in NYC) can fill the need for those looking for something different, energetic, and intriguing. Clearly, this is something that the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is learning. A new series for the KSO begins in two weeks in the back room of a coffee house, of all places. But this is a series that has the potential to dramatically re-shape the Knoxville audience and its perceptions.
The KSO has given the responsibility for a new chamber music series to its new concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz, and titled it, appropriately, “Gabriel Lefkowitz and Friends.” The series consists of three pairs of music events at Remedy Coffee in the Old City section of downtown Knoxville. Lefkowitz has programmed the series with works appealing to him and perhaps eye-opening for a some of the intended audience.
And, this will be “chamber music” in every sense of the word. “It’s going to be really interesting for this first one,” Lefkowitz states, “the first half [of the concert] is just violin and piano, the second half is a trio, so there will be no problem fitting those on stage. But, for the second concert and third concerts, we have larger ensembles. So, it’s going to be an interesting challenge to see how we are going to situate ourselves. For the octet on the last concert, we might have the ensemble in the middle and the audience surrounding them.”
The first pair of concerts are on Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, at 7 pm. Lefkowitz has chosen three works to inaugurate the series: Ravel’s Tzigane and Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 2 in D Major (with Lefkowitz and pianist Kevin Class); and the Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major (with Lefkowitz, Class, and cellist Andy Bryenton).
Remedy Coffee, 125 West Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN