The Week In Classical Music

The fall season starts to heat up this week with some major opening concerts and a few tasty tidbits.

Tuesday, September 16
Five Plus Six CD Release Concert (Such Sweet Thunder)
$20 general/$10 student
8 pm at the Square Room, Downtown’s Market Square

Thursday and Friday, September 18, 19
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Masterworks
Program includes: Torke’s Bright Blue Music, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis,  Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Lucas Richman conducting
Tickets start at $15,, 865-291-3310
7:30 pm at the Tennessee Theatre

Saturday, September 20
Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra
Violinist Mark O’Connor
Program includes: Zoltan Kodaly: Dances of Galenta and works by Mark O’Connor: Appalachia Waltz and Improvised Concerto
Tickets: $25/$10 at or at the door
7:30 pm at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center

Sunday, September 21
University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Fellenbaum
Season Opening concert: “España!”
Chabrier: España
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole with Miroslav Hristov, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagñol
Ginastera: Malambo from the ballet Estancia
4:00 in the James R. Cox Auditorium on the UT Campus

Jazz: Five Plus Six CD Release Party Tuesday

Five Plus Six performing in Powell Recital Hall
Five Plus Six performing in Powell Recital Hall

Five Plus Six is the latest jazz ensemble assemblage from Vance Thompson, director of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and a UT School of Music faculty member. The ensemble will  perform a concert on Tuesday evening, September 16th, in celebration of the release of the band’s new CD Such Sweet Thunder: The music of Duke, Monk and Dolly. The concert/party is at 8pm at the Square Room on Market Square in downtown Knoxville.

Tickets are available online at, in person at Café 4 (4 Market Square) or at the Square Room on the evening of the performance. The cost is $20 general/$10 student. CDs will be available for purchase at the event.

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Five Plus Six combines veteran jazz performers (tenor saxophonist Greg Tardy, baritone saxophonist David King and trumpeter Michael Wyatt), with some younger musicians who have, as Thompson describes, “come of age” since the founding of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra in 1999. Two of the band’s youngest members, trombonists Tylar Bullion and Sean Copeland, are current UT students and recent alumni of the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra. Others like saxophonist Jamel Mitchell, trumpeter Joe Jordan, pianist Keith Brown, bassist Taylor Coker and drummer Nolan Nevels are recent graduates of the UT School of Music.


Friday: Stiletto Brass Quintet in Concert

The Stiletto Brass Quintet makes a concert appearance this Friday evening, September 12, as part of the Friends of Music and the Arts series at Knoxville’s Church of the Ascension. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. and is free.  Church of the Ascension is on Northshore Drive between Kingston Pike and Lyons View Pike.

The quintet consists of Amy Gilreath and Cathy Leach, trumpets; Misty Tolle, horn; Nicole Abissi, trombone; and Velvet Brown, tuba.



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