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The Knoxville Mercury’s First Classical Music Column

Knoxville’s newest alt-weekly, the Knoxville Mercury, launched on Thursday, March 12, much to the relief of Knoxville readers…and certain writers. You can read my inaugural column in the online version here. Upcoming issues will contain a lot of coverage of the Big Ears Festival on March 27-29, so check back often.


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A City and Its Arts

A new post at ArtsKnoxville: “Do Arts Define a City?

Thanks for reading.

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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

Thanks for reading.


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Summer Listening Suggestions

It’s now the third week of my series of summer listening suggestions that can be found in the Classical Cafe blog at I have promised that they will represent a varied range of classical (and new) music that might possibly open some ears, but at least, provide some entertaining warm weather ideas for listening. So far, so good!

Week 6: Independence Week Listening Suggestions–Ives and Vieuxtemps

Week 5: Ralph Vaughn Williams’ In the Fen Country et. al.

Week 4: Mendelssohn’s Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Week 3: Symphonies by the French composer Albéric Magnard (1865-1914).

Week 2: Antonio Vivaldi’s set of concertos for solo violin, strings and continuo, La Stravaganza

Week 1: Richard Strauss’ tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra

Stay cool.



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Recital Report: Pianist Spencer Myer

Spencer-58smallFollowing his appearance in last weekend’s concert pair by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, the pianist Spencer Myer hung around town helping out in some events benefitting the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series, a series in which he has performed on three occasions–2006, 2008, and 2012. The weekend culminated in a Myer recital under the auspices of YPS in the memory of the organization’s late executive director, Sandra Murphy. That recital by Myer was held in the acoustically marvelous Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, which will be the new home for the Series beginning next season.

[My review of Myer’s performance with the KSO, “KSO Wraps 2013-14 With Its Best“]

Myer’s recital consisted of three sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and a work that he is just now beginning to introduce into his recitals, Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major. The second half of the program turned to the 20th Century and Debussy’s Images, Book 2, then concluded with three rags from William Bolcom’s The Garden of Eden. For an encore, Myer offered up the Earl Wild arrangement of Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”

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2013 Most Memorable

“Best of the year” lists are one of those things that a lot of people hate, but just have to check out anyway. My 2013 list of Knoxville’s most memorable classical music scene performances and performers are in this week’s Metro Pulse. Read it here online.

Happy New Year!

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Happy 200th Birthday, Richard Wagner

RichardWagnerRichard Wagner, the master of music-dramas, was born 200 years ago today in Leipzig–May 22, 1813. Music writer Alex Ross has done a  couple of interesting posts with a range of amusing audio and video clips in The New Yorker on Wagner and his legacy. Have a celebratory cupcake and read Ross’ posts here.

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