There are quite a few compelling reasons you may want to take in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's season opener this week--the usual pair of Thursday/Friday concerts at 7:30 p.m. in the Tennessee. Here are my top five reasons.
Number 5: The lowest price tickets are now only $15.00. The downside? I have the feeling that this ticket option is going to be very popular.
Number 4: While Richard Wagner's opera Rienzi does not receive the productions today (or the notoriety) that it had in the composer's lifetime, the Overture is incredibly popular with concert hall audiences due to its gorgeous goose-bump raising themes and its stirring build to a pinnacle of elation. And, the KSO's new principal trumpet, Phillip Chase Hawkins, will have the opportunity to wow us.
Number 3: Beethoven's Triple Concerto (Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 56) was carefully crafted by the composer to not only allow the cello a nice bit of the solo material, but to also show the trio as an ensemble, not just as three solo instruments.
Number 2: The Eroica Trio (pictured here, performing the Beethoven) is notable for their passionate and emotional performances.
Number 1: The KSO in the warm resonance of the Tennessee Theatre is a sonic experience that few cities can match.
REZNICEK: Donna Diana Overture
BEETHOVEN: Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano
KODALY: Háry János: Suite
WAGNER: Rienzi Overture
Lucas Richman conducts