KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS
“SCIENTIFIC SYMPHONY” YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERTS
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform for over 10,000 elementary school students at their annual series of Young People’s Concerts on October 23, 24 and 25 at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. The KSO has hosted this series of Young People’s Concerts for over 60 years with the goal of introducing students in grades 3-5 to live orchestral music.
KSO Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum will conduct the concert, themed Scientific Symphony, for students from East Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. Performances are: 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on October 23 and 24 and at 9:30 a.m. on October 25.
All 9:30 a.m. performances are sold out but availability remains for the 10:45 a.m. shows. Tickets can be can purchased for $6 at the door. Scientific Symphony is sponsored by The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge and the Rotary Club of Knoxville.
Scientific Symphony is an educational program designed for students grades three through five. Pieces featured will include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.1, Op.43, The Elephant from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and E.T. Adventures on Earth by John Williams. A piece written by KSO music director Lucas Richman, Finale, from The United Symphony, will also be performed. Choir students from Central High School, Farragut High School and South Doyle High School will join the KSO in performing excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and the “Humming Chorus” from Madame Butterfly.
“This year’s program will follow the scientific method as we experiment with the Scientific Symphony. Students will learn about the physics of sound including concepts that are in the TCAP test,” said KSO Director of Education and Community Partnerships
Jennifer Barnett. “An on-screen oscilloscope will give students a visual representation of sound as the orchestra plays pieces that demonstrate high and low pitch and loud and soft volumes.”
“The show will open with a huge chemical science display created by theAmericanMuseumof Science and Energy inOak Ridge. By joining dynamic science concepts with dynamic classical music we hope to introduce the symphony to thousands of young people in our region,” Barnett said.
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The KSO has contributed to the cultural life inEast Tennesseesince 1935. Under the leadership ofLucas Richman, the orchestra consists of more than 80 professional musicians and performs more than 200 programs throughoutEast Tennesseeeach season. Performing in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks and churches, the KSO reaches more than 200,000 people throughout the region each year.
Those wishing to attend the Young People’s Concerts or looking for more information should call the KSO Young People’s Concert Line at 865-521-2338.