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Thurs: KSO's Q-Series

Classical music fans in or near Farragut on Thursday, or willing to make the drive, should try out a new offering of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra this season -- the Q Series. This second event features the KSO Woodwind Quintet and the KSO String Quartet, comprised of principal players from the orchestra. The performance is at the American Piano Gallery, 11651 Parkside Dr, Farragut, at 7:00 PM. The event is free.

KSO Woodwind Quintet: Ebonee Thomas, Flute; Phylis Secrist, Oboe; Gary Sperl, Clarinet; Aaron Apaza, Bassoon; Jeffery Whaley, French Horn.

KSO Principal Quartet: Gordon Tsai, violin; Edward Pulgar, violin; Kathryn Gawne, viola; Andy Bryenton, cello. The KSO ensembles will be joined by guest pianist, Emi Kagawa.

 On the program:

John R. Barrows: March
Irving Fine: Partita for Wind Quintet
Jennifer Higdon: Summer Shimmers  
Endre Szervánszky: Fúvósötös Quintet for Winds  
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44

If you can't make it to Farragut on Thursday and are closer to downtown and UT, you might head over to the McClung Museum Auditorium for a 5 p.m. lecture by KSO Music Director, Lucas Richman: "Ernest Bloch: A Musical Neshuma (A Musical Soul)."  Richman will discuss the life and art of Bloch, a Swiss-American composer who is one of the most celebrated Jewish composers in the world of classical music. The auditorium is at 1327 Circle Park Drive, on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will serve as a preface to the KSO's February 20-21 Masterworks concerts that will feature Bloch's Sacred Service. That concert will also include members of the UT Choral ensembles. For more information on tickets, visit

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