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Knoxville Symphony musicians to perform free concert May 9 with Oak Ridge High School students

May 8, 2018

Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and 145 Oak Ridge High School students will perform a Side-by-Side concert Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Oak Ridge High School, located at 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Sponsored by Sandra Powell Emond, the concert is open to the public at a cost of $3 for adults and $1 for students. Tickets are available at the door, and proceeds benefit the Oak Ridge High School Orchestra program.

High school students practice with Knoxville Symphony musicians. (Photo provided by the KSO)

Each year, members of the KSO rehearse and perform with high school orchestral programs. This year, 19 members of the KSO will join the Oak Ridge students to perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benjamin Britten, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Peter Warlock, conducted by KSO Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum.  The Oak Ridge High School Orchestra is directed by Dr. JD Phillips.

The mission of the KSO is to reach East Tennessee audiences of all ages by providing excellence in musical performance and education programs. This unique, hands-on musical experience provides an opportunity for young musicians still learning their instrument to sit “side-by-side” with a professional musician and share a music stand for two rehearsals and one performance.

About the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1935, and now under the leadership of Music Director Aram Demirjian, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for more than 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs more than 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 the Civic Auditorium as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches.  For more information regarding the KSO, please visit or call 865-291-3310.