Music in the Park: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to perform at Cherokee Park

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will bring its brass and percussion ensemble to the Citizen Tribune/Jefferson Federal Amphitheatre at Cherokee Park in Morristown this Saturday evening.

This family-friendly concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Those coming to the concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

KSO music director Aram Demirjian will lead the orchestra in its first fully public performances since March 2020. The performances will feature the KSO brass and percussion sections and will include familiar selections such as Gustav Holst’s “Mars” from “The Planets,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and American classics like “When the Saints.”

“The KSO strives to serve the entire East Tennessee region with live orchestral performances.” said Jennifer Harrell, the KSO director of education and community partnerships. “We have missed visiting communities with whom we have established partnerships. We are looking forward to these outdoor performances of live music and especially excited to feature our brass and percussion musicians of the KSO.”

The concert is sponsored by Sandra Powell Edmond.

In case of inclement weather or cold temperatures, the concert will be rescheduled.

Other works to be performed include “Fanfare for the Common Man,” by Copland; “Canzon septimi toni no. 2,” by Gabrieli (ed. King); “String Quartet No. 1, iii, Andante espressivo,” by Mendelssohn (arr. Reynolds); “Canzon primi toni,” by Gabrieli (ed. King); “Brass Quintet No. 1, ii, Adagio-Allegro vivace-Adagio” by Ewald; “Beale Street Blues,” by W.C. Handy (arr. Gale); “Sing, Sing, Sing,” by Prima (arr. Allen) and “National Emblem,” by Bagley (arr. Allen).

Led by Demirjian, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 300 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and Civic Auditorium, as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches.

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