This February will turn out to be our busiest month for classical/new music performances vying for our attention. Here's the list for the next ten days.
Friday and Sunday, February 8 and 10 -- Knoxville Opera's production of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West ("Girl of the Golden West") at the Tennessee Theatre. Starring Carter Scott, Manrico Tedeschi, and Scott Bearden. Directed by Anthony Laciura; conductor is Brian Salesky. KnoxvilleOpera.com
Sunday, February 10 -- UT Percussion Ensemble, 4:00 p.m. Performance Hall 210, Alumni Memorial Bldg. Free
Tuesday, February 12 -- University of Tennessee School of Music, Choral Music concert.
8 pm in the James R. Cox Auditorium. Free
Friday, February 15 -- UT Symphony Orchestra participates in the Tennessee Cello Workshop (TCW) with a performance of the Concerto for Two Cellos by contemporary composer David Ott; with Wesley Baldwin and Carter Enyeart, cellists.
8 pm. James R. Cox Auditorium, UT Campus, Free
Saturday, February 16 -- TCW Faculty Recital
6 pm. Performance Hall 32, Alumni Memorial Bldg., UT Campus. Free
Saturday, February 16 -- "Valentine's Romance with the KSO" -- Maestro Lucas Richman leads the orchestra and guest singers in romantic classics, plus music of Broadway and Hollywood. Music from "Titanic" and "Gone With the Wind," tributes to George Gershwin, Henry Mancini, Marvin Hamlisch.
8 pm. Tennessee Theatre KnoxvilleSymphony.com
Sunday, February 17 -- "Rachmaninoff Remembered" -- an all-Rachmaninoff concert by pianist Evgeny Brakhman honoring the 70th anniversary of the Russian composer/pianist's last public performance in Knoxville on this date in 1943. Sponsored by the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series and the UT School of Music.
8 pm, James R. Cox Auditorium on the UT Campus, Free