The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has a fairly exceptional track record in booking young guest artists for its Masterworks concerts. And, there is no reason to doubt that the pianist, Orion Weiss, scheduled to perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in this week's concert pair will be any bit less exceptional. What will be interesting to discover is the degree to which Weiss can bring excitement to Rachmaninoff's intensity and wow the audience with craftsmanship as well.
The KSO opens its Masterworks season this week and I have to admit it promises all the excitement one remembers from that first day of school. In addition to the Rachmaninoff, Maestro Richman has included the Academic Festival Overture of Johannes Brahms which has the virtue (among others) of sounding serious while being humorous. Richman has also included a work of his own, Summer Excursions, and an Aaron Copland work, El Salon Mexico.
Remember: The KSO Masterworks all start at 7:30 pm now--which should leave plenty of time to get a late meal afterwards. (Assuming downtown restauranteurs got the memo)