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Knoxville Opera's 'Otello' This Weekend Plus...

Here at the Classical Cafe, it's going to be a busy weekend. So, best to make some advance plans, for traffic issues if nothing else. Here are some details.

On Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, Knoxville Opera offers Giuseppe Verdi's Otello at the Tennessee Theatre. This next-to-last Verdi masterpiece based on the Shakespeare play rises above his previous works by a long shot. Michael Austin stars as Otello, Kassandra Dimopoulou stars as Desdemona, and Scott Bearden sings the villianous Iago. Check out the insert in this week's Metro Pulse for information on the opera and its title singer. Friday (27th) at 8 pm; Sunday (29th) at 2:30 pm. Reserve your tickets in advance at

If you just returned from an operatic tour of Europe's spring season and are looking for something more instrumental on Friday evening, try the UT School of Music's last guest artist concert of the season -- the American premiere of internationally renowned piano duo, Takezawa-Sischka. The duo performs lost or forgotten works featuring concertante four-hand playing. They been cited on the Year's Best List of the Neue Musikzeitung and recommended by magazines like Piano News, Fono Forum and Stereoplay.  Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in the James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Bldg. FREE

No matter what you decide to do on Friday evening, be aware of the other major things downtown that will affect getting around. From the City's website:
Friday, April 27 - Dogwood Parade / Dogwood Mile
--Gay St. between Hill Ave. & W. Depot will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
--Hill Ave. between Gay St. & Howard Baker, Hall of Fame between Howard Baker & Historic Preservation, and Howard Baker between Hall of Fame & Hill Ave will be closed from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
--Union and Church avenues between State & Gay streets will be closed from 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

On Saturday, Gay Street and Market Square (and areas in between) will be the scene of the Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival International Street Fair from 11 am till 9 pm. Food and artisan vendors line the streets with four entertainment stages featuring diverse music and performing arts. The street fair is a people-watcher's paradise. Again, street closures will affect how you get around downtown. 

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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.