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KSO This Week: Classical Guitar, Spanish Flavor

This week's Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concerts turn to a bit of intriguing Spanish flavor with three of the five composers represented being prime examples of 20th Century Spanish music. The featured work on the concert will be Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, the well-known work for guitar and orchestra with guest guitarist Ana Vidovic. Knoxville audiences may be familiar with Vidovic from several recitals she has given previously in the area. 
In addition to the Rodrigo comes Manuel de Falla's Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2, drawn from his music from the ballet commissioned by Ballet Russes, and Joaquin Turina's Danzas fantásticas.

While Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Emmanuel Chabrier were clearly not Spanish, they each created works of Spanish flavor from their perches in the late 19th Century. Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol from 1887 is drawn from Spanish folk melodies that drip with the feelings of motion and dance. Chabrier's Espa├▒a reflects the composer's 1883 journey to Spain.

The guest conductor for Thursday and Friday's concerts will be Kelly Corcoran, Associate Conductor of the Nashville Symphony.

Thursday and Friday evenings, 7:30 pm, Tennessee Theatre
Tickets: or 865-291-3310


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Conductor Kelly Corcoran

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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.