The James R. Cox Auditorium in UT's Alumni Memorial Building seats just under 1000. In the last few years, the UT Symphony Orchestra has been filling more and more of those seats at their mostly-monthly concerts, occasionally leaving people standing in the back. The reason for the expanding audience is that word has gotten out that what was once (10 years or so ago) a rather ho-hum ensemble has turned into an orchestral force to be reckoned with in the Knoxville classical music scene.
The orchestra, under Maestro James Fellenbaum, begins its 2012-13 season on Sunday with a lot of confidence in their abilities--and a lot of confidence in being able to really intrigue an audience. The three works on the program should be a wonderful showcase for those abilities.
Johann Strauss II: Overture to Die Fledermaus
Robert Schumann: Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, Op. 86
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major
"The performance of the Concertpiece, Op. 86 will be dedicated to the late Calvin Smith, the former Associate Professor of Horn in the School of Music, who passed away in 2011. It will feature Karl Kramer-Johansen - the current instructor of Horn at the School of Music, Rheagan Osteen - a professional Horn player, Matthew Hansen - a DMA student in Horn at Michigan State University, and Alex Cantrell, a graduate student at UT. Osteen, Hansen and Cantrell are former students of Calvin Smith."
James R. Cox Auditorium, Sunday, September 23, 4 pm, FREE