The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Aslan Foundation of Knoxville which will be directed toward fulfilling a number of the orchestra's long-held desires.
The grant will allow the five principal woodwind players to move from "per-service" pay status to full-time as members of the core orchestra. Members of the Principal Woodwind Quintet are: Ebonee Thomas, Principal Flute; Phylis Secrist, Principal Oboe; Gary Sperl, Principal Clarinet; Aaron Apaza, Principal Bassoon, and Jeffery Whaley, Principal Horn.
The grant will also underwrite the orchestra's Chamber Classics series, which features the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra with orchestra members in solo and small ensemble roles. The Chamber Classics Series takes place in the Bijou Theatre monthly on Sunday afternoons from November to May.
In addition, the grant will also be used to subsidize the existing Masterworks and Chamber Classics tickets, bringing ticket prices to a low of $15 for each series. These projects will go into effect this fall with the start of the 2013-14 season.