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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Brighten your Sundays with music on an intimate scale in the beautiful ambiance of the Bijou Theatre (all concerts take place at the Bijou Theatre unless otherwise noted).

2023-2024 Chamber Classics Series

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2023-2024 Chamber Classics Series

William Shaub Plays Mozart

Sunday, September 17, 2023, 2:30pm | Bijou Theatre


Knoxville Symphony Concertmaster William Shaub tackles Mozart’s most expansive and mature violin solo on the opening Chamber Classics Series concert. Dame Ethel Smyth’s first orchestral work, Serenade in D Major, and Jorge Variego’s BLINK bookend the program.

Aram Demirjian, conductor
William Shaub, violin

DAME ETHEL SMYTH: Serenade in D Major

Classical Christmas: Handel's Messiah

Sunday, November 26, 2023, 2:30pm | Tennessee Theatre


The Knoxville Symphony’s annual holiday tradition continues for another festive winter with Handel’s glorious Messiah! Also on the program is Victor Hely-Hutchinson’s delightful Carol Symphony.

Aram Demirjian, conductor
Knoxville Choral Society

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Messiah (Christmas version)

Schubert Death & The Maiden

Sunday, January 21, 2024, 2:30pm | Bijou Theatre


Knoxville Symphony Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum leads the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra in Mahler’s orchestration of Schubert’s dramatic “Death and the Maiden.” Knoxville Symphony Principal Flute Devan Jaquez makes his Chamber Classics Series debut with Malcolm Arnold’s high-energy Flute Concerto No. 1.

James Fellenbaum, conductor
Devan Jaquez, flute

FLORENCE PRICE: Five Folksongs in Counterpoint
MALCOLM ARNOLD: Flute Concerto No. 1
FRANZ SCHUBERT (arr. MAHLER): String Quartet No. 14 (“Death and the Maiden”)

Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony

Sunday, March 3, 2024, 2:30pm | Bijou Theatre


Guest conductor Michelle Di Russo takes the Bijou Theatre stage to present the March installment of the Chamber Classics Series. This lighthearted Italian-centric programming includes Rossini’s delightful Overture to The Italian in Algiers and Mendelssohn’s spirited “Italian” Symphony No. 4. Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos features Knoxville Symphony Cellists Adam Ayers and Sarah Senn.

Michelle Di Russo, conductor
Adam Ayers, cello
Sarah Senn, cello

GIOACHINO ROSSINI: Overture to The Italian in Algiers
ALDEMARO ROMERO: Fuga con Pajarillo
ANTONIO VIVALDI: Concerto for Two
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”)

Cosmos Festival: Mozart's "Jupiter" & The Golden Record

Sunday, April 14, 2024, 2:30pm | Bijou Theatre


The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Cosmos Festival kicks off with a homage to NASA’s Golden Record. The KSO brings to life three orchestral works found floating in the depths of space on NASA’s Voyager spacecraft – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and String Quartet No. 13, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Rounding out the program is Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, whose fourth movement as been noted by KSO Music Director Aram Demirijan as “the closes you can get to touching heaven.”

Cosmos Festival is aptly named for the KSO’s April Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series and Chamber Classics Series concerts happening within five days of one another. The KSO celebrates how humans relate to their place in the universe – spiritually and physically – through specially programmed works inspired by the cosmos.

Aram Demirjian, conductor

JEAN-FERY REBEL: “Chaos” from The Elements
CHARLES IVES: The Unanswered Question
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Mvt. I
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13, Mvt. V
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”)