As you settle into your seat for the opening Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concert next week (September 22 and 23), don't be surprised if you see quite a few new faces in key positions. There are a number of changes in the violins, as well as in the interim principals in the woodwinds. Here are the new faces in a nutshell--
• Gabriel Lefkowitz is the KSO's new Concertmaster
• Gordon Tsai will be joining the KSO in January as Associate Concertmaster. Until then, Sean Claire will be acting Associate.
• Sara Matayoshi joins the KSO as a core violinist
• Violinists Ruth Bacon and Diane Zelickman have one year appointments
• Ebonee Thomas has a one year interim appointment as Principal Flute while Nadine Hur is on leave of absence
• Peter Cain has a one year appointment as Principal Clarinet while Gary Sperl is on leave of absence
• Jeffery Whaley received a one year appointment as Principal Horn following the death last May of Calvin Smith
My complete tour of the new players is at Classical Journal.