Category Archives: Orchestral

Sunday: UT Symphony, “Haydn”

A bit of a preview of Sunday’s UT Symphony concert can be found in my new companion blog, Arts Knoxville.

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Metro Pulse Review: KSO Opens Season with Brahms, Hindemith, and Torke

In this week’s issue of Metro Pulse, I review last weekend’s season opener for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker joined the orchestra for a mostly excellent performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No.1. Also on the program was Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber.

You can read the review online here.

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker

 

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In Metro Pulse: KSO Wraps 2013-14 With Its Best

My review of the 2013-14 season finale of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, concerts that included Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio, the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, is online here.

Spencer Myer was the pianist in the concerto; Lucas Richman conducted.

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In Metro Pulse: Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz Wows, But Where Was the Audience?

In this week’s Metro Pulse, I review last Sunday’s concert by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra–a concert that included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and his Overture to Creatures of Prometheus, along with three works that featured KSO concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz in solo roles: Beethoven’s Romance No. 2, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, and the Rondo movement of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

Gabriel_LefkowitzLefkowitz’s performance was phenomenal, to say the least. His virtuosity extends far beyond what one reasonably expects from even the best concertmasters in the top orchestras internationally. In addition to his performance ability, the 26 year-old violinist is an attractive and charismatic individual who brightens whatever stage he enters. I know from first hand conversations that the KSO management consider him a star for them. Yet, with this asset, they did nothing other than the usual “preaching to the choir/subscribers” as a way of marketing the concert. The Bijou Theatre on Gay Street where the KSCO performs was only about half full for the concert. My ecstasy over the performance was tempered by my embarrassment and sorrow for KSO’s blown opportunity to reach out to new and younger audiences.

 

 

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In Metro Pulse: Review, KSO Performs Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen

In this week’s issue of Metro Pulse, I review last weekend’s concerts by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra of works by three Scandinavian composers Carl Nielsen, Edvard Grieg, and Jean Sibelius. The Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor featured pianist Andrew Staupe; Sibelius was represented by his Symphony No. 5 and Nielsen by two works from his opera Maskarade. Lucas Richman conducted. You can read the review online here.

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Confessions of a Bachophile: The Brandenburgs This Week

jsbachIt isn’t every day that one gets to hear all six of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg concerti in a relatively short space of time, but fans of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will have the opportunity this week. On Thursday night’s concert, the orchestra will be offering the No. 4 in G Major, the No. 3 in G Major, and the No. 1 in F Major. Soloists in the No. 4 will be KSO flutists Ebonee Thomas and Jill Bartine, along with KSO concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz.

The Friday night performance will offer the No. 5 in D Major, No. 6 in B-flat Major, and the No. 2 in F Major. Violists Kathryn Gawne and Eunsoon Corliss will be heard in the No. 6. The No. 2 features Lefkowitz and Thomas, plus oboist Phylis Secrist and guest trumpet Ryan Beach, who is Principal Trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony. Also performing on the two performances is guest harpsichordist Michael Unger. The conductor for the week is KSO resident conductor, James Fellenbaum.

Both evenings will open with two Leopold Stokowski transcriptions of Bach–the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and the Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor.

Read my preview of the concerts in this week’s Metro Pulse.

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Review in Metro Pulse: Guest Stars Highlight KSO’s January Masterworks

In the category of “never judge a book by its cover,” I found myself enjoying last week’s Knoxville Symphony Orchestra subscription series concert quite a lot–a concert that featured Johann Strauss II’s Overture to Die Fledermaus and the Emperor Waltzes, Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Sleeping Beauty, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A (K. 488) with pianist Louis Schwizgebel. The guest conductor was Sean Newhouse. My review is in this week’s issue of Metro Pulse, online here.

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