Knoxville Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Lucas Richman is in his tenth season with the orchestra, an opportunity for him to program works that have been meaningful for him through his career. However, Richman is also a composer, and contributes works regularly to the KSO's programs. This week's pair of concerts includes Richman's Kol Nidre, a work he has dedicated to Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. The connection here is that Richman and Pearl were music stand partners for a time during their junior high school days in California.
Also on the program is the Suite from Candide, by Leonard Bernstein, and Georges Bizet's Symphony in C.
The Bernstein work will feature soloists Jeff Austin (Dr. Pangloss/Narrator/Ragotski), Amy Maples (Cunegonde), Dustin Peterson (Candide), Karen Nickell (Old Lady), and Boris Van Druff (Governor/Maximilian and the Crook). The Knoxville Chamber Chorale is directed by Bill Brewer. Jeff Austin was last seen as the title character in the Clarence Brown Theatre/KSO production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Thursday and Friday evenings, October 18-19, 7:30 pm, at the Tennessee Theatre.