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Sunday: Swingle Singers in Free Concert at UT

Sunday afternoon offers a couple of really significant music events to catch, should you be so inclined. At 2:30 p.m. at the Bijou, the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra opens the Chamber Classics Series with a performance of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring pianist David Brunell. The concert also includes works by Rossini, Respighi, and Stravinsky. James Fellenbaum will conduct. Tickets now start at $15.

Later on, the hugely famous Swingle Singers make a stop in Knoxville with a free concert at the University of Tennessee's Cox Auditorium. The concert time is 6 p.m.

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The Swingle Singers were formed in 1963 by Ward Swingle primarily as session singers doing background vocals for Parisian singers. Discovering their a capella niche, they went on to win five Grammys during the 1960s, starting with their debut album Jazz S├ębastien Bach in 1963. The current group, now based in London, consists of seven singers: Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson (soprano), Sara Brimer (soprano), Clare Wheeler (alto), Oliver Griffiths (tenor), Christopher Jay (tenor), Kevin Fox (baritone), and Edward Randell (bass). Check out their program here.

Clearly, this group could, and probably will, easily fill the 1000 seat Cox Auditorium quickly. The doors open at 5:30 for the FREE concert; make your plans accordingly.


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