Feb. 22--The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced the schedule for its 2014-15 season. The season that begins in the fall is the symphony's 79th and the last with Maestro Lucas Richman.
Eight Masterworks programs will be 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the Tennessee Theatre: Richman will conduct four of them. The season's Chamber Classics concerts will be 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the Bijou Theatre.
Subscriptions to both series are on sale by contacting the symphony box office, 865-291-3310; single tickets go on sale in August. Masterworks series subscriptions start at $94; Chamber Series at $59.50.
The Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Season opens Sept. 18-19 with a program conducted by Richman that includes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker is the guest artist. Other selections include Thorke's Bright Blue Music, and Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis.
The second concert is Oct. 16-17 with guest conductor Sameer Patel. That program will include Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, followed by Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. The series continues with the Nov. 13-14 "Alphine Symphony" program. The concert, conducted by Richman, includes selections from Verdi and Mozart before concluding with Strauss' Alpine Symphony.
On Jan. 22 and 23, 2015, guest conductor Lawrence Loh will conduct the orchestra with guest artist cellist Julie Albers for Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4. Selections will include Berlioz' Roman Carnival Overture and Shostakovich's Concerto for Cello & Orchestra No. 1, Op. 107.
The Knoxville Choral Society joins the orchestra and Richman Feb. 20-21 for a performance of Dvorak's Stabat Mater. The music is a religious cantata scored for soloists, choir and orchestra.
James Feddeck is guest conductor for a Mozart and Mendelssohn program March 19-20; pianist Conrad Tao will perform with the symphony. Vladimir Kulenovic is guest conductor for the April 16-17 conduct that will include music by guest pianist Antti Siirala. The April program includes Smetana's Overture to The Bartered Bride, Rachmaninoff's First Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, "Pastorale."
Richman's last concerts conducting the symphony are May 14-15, marking his 12th season with KSO. Guest artist will be violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz. Music will include Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Mahler's Tenth Symphony: Adagio and Ravel's La Valse.
The Chamber Classics season starts Sept. 28 with a program of Beethoven and Boccherini conducted by resident conductor James Fellenbaum. Cellist Wesley Baldwin is guest artist. The KSO principal quartet performs Nov. 2. On Jan. 11, Richman will conduct the Chamber Orchesta; several KSO principal musicians will have solos.
Fellenbaum conducts the March 1 "Appalachian Spring" program in which GO! Contemporary Dance Works preforms. On May 3, Richman will conduct the Chamber for the last time in the Chamber Classics season finale. That program's music includes works by Schumann, Strauss and Brahms.
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