Category Archives: Classical Music News

Alt-Weekly Metro Pulse Shut Down by E.W. Scripps

Metro Pulse, the alt-weekly newspaper that carries my classical/new music commentary in Knoxville, has been shut down by its parent company, E.W. Scripps.

At least for the short term, local reviews will be hosted at:

http://artsknoxville.wordpress.com/

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Important Link Updates

For those of you that follow the classical music news on Classical Cafe, my blog on the website of Knoxville’s Metro Pulse, you’ll need to know that the web addresses for that blog have changed. This is only meaningful if you have bookmarked the previous links; following the old links will continue to take you to the archived material, but that material will not be updated or reflect current or future posts.

The new address to Classical Cafe is http://classicalcafe.metropulse.com

Thanks for reading.

 

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Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice!icicles2010

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In Metro Pulse: Looking Ahead at the KSO 2013-14 Season

In this week’s Metro Pulse, I survey the current good health of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and look ahead to some highlights of their 2013-14 season that begins on September 19-20.

Check out the article online here.

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Opera Startups: Marble City Opera

Marble City Opera, a new chamber opera organization under the leadership of two singers, soprano Kathryn Frady Marvel and baritone Kevin Richard Doherty, begins life on Friday, May 31, 2013, with a production of Henry Mollicone’s The Face on the Barroom Floor. This inaugural production can be seen at Relix Variety Theater, 1208 N. Central in Knoxville. The three person cast will consist of Marvel, Doherty, and tenor Boris Van Druff. Doors open at 7 pm for an 8 pm performance.

Afterwards, the production will appear at the Atlanta Fringe Festival with five performances at the Horizons School Theater: Thursday, June 6: 11 p.m.; Friday, June 7: 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 8: 2 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9: 5 p.m.

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Opera Flash Mob in NYC

Courtesy of Jonathan Estabrooks comes this video of an opera flash mob at a recent event in New York City.

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Knoxville Opera Chorus Auditions Announced

Knoxville Opera has announced chorus auditions for its 2013-14 season on Thursday and Friday, May 30 and 31. There are openings in all voice parts.

The 2013-14 season will include Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, Donizzetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, and Bellini’s Norma. Choristers are engaged for each production and are not required to sing in all productions. All persons auditioning should bring two pieces of their choosing in Italian and/or French and a resume of their musical training and performance history.  An accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition on May 30 or 31, and/or to receive further information about paid chorus positions, please contact Knoxville Opera Chorusmaster, Don Townsend, at dtownsend@knoxvilleopera.com or call 865-599-7961.

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