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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (part of SHIFT Festival of American Orchestras)

  • Kennedy Center 2700 F Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20566 United States (map)

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Aram Demirjian, conductor
Julia Bullock, soprano
The University of Tennessee Symphony Brass
R.B. Morris, Knoxville Poet Laureate, Speaker
“Knoxville: Artists at Home”

Michael Schachter: “Overture to Knoxville”
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Copland: “The Tender Land,” Orchestral Suite from The Opera
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Every good journey begins and ends at home. This program celebrates the artistic legacy of Knoxville, interweaving music with narrative excerpts by Pulitzer Prize-winning Knoxville native James Agee. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra highlights two pieces inspired by Agee texts: Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, which vividly captures a young Agee’s tender memories of his family and home, and Copland’s Suite from The Tender Land, inspired in part by Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Michael Schachter’s “Overture to Knoxville” was commissioned by the KSO in 2017 with the city as inspiration. Knoxville is also home to a statue of Sergei Rachmaninoff, who gave his last public performance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on February 17, 1943, three weeks before he died. The KSO concludes its program with his final composition, Symphonic Dances.




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SHIFT is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and the Kennedy Center in cooperation with the League of American Orchestras.