It is with sadness that I have to report that the end of the 2011-12 music season is here. This wouldn't be such an issue if there had been some progress on reviving a summer music series in the city. But as of yet, there is no progress to report. However, I do remain optimistic.
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra wraps up what has been a very notable season with its final Masterworks concert this week: "A Touch of France," the works of four French composers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Lucas Richman conducts.
On the bill:
Thomas: Mignon OvertureRavel: Piano Concerto in GLalo: Le roi d'Ys OvertureDebussy: La Mer
The guest pianist in the Ravel concerto will be Martina Filjak. She is a native of Zagreb, Croatia, and was raised in a family of pianists. She was a graduate of the Music Academy of Zagreb and the Vienna Conservatory as well as of the soloist class of the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany. In 2009, she took the first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, later making concerto debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin and Vienna's Musikverein. Her recital debut came at New York's Carnegie Hall/Zankel Hall. Before the Cleveland competition, she had been first prizewinner of the 2007 Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy and the 2008 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.
"A Touch of France" can be heard Thursday and Friday evenings, May 17 and 18, 8 pm, at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. Information and tickets.