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February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

Contact: Rachel Dellinger
KSO Director of Communications
Direct: 865-521-2317 Cell: 865-660-3037
[email protected]


The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform for more than 2,500 youth as part of the Very Young People’s Concerts. There are two performances: Tuesday, February 25 at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville and Wednesday, February 26 at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville.

Who: The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by KSO Music Director Lucas Richman, will perform TWO concerts as a part of the KSO Education & Community Partnerships offerings. These Very Young People’s Concerts are performed for audiences of young children from Knox County and surrounding counties.

What: The Very Young People’s Concert entitled “Shall We Dance?” is designed for students in pre-school, kindergarten, first and second grades and features the KSO’s very own animated character, Picardy Penguin. Students enjoy interacting with Picardy as he guides them to explore dance music and several different forms of dance.

The concerts are comprised of music and specially selected for younger ears. Interactive animation, GO! Contemporary Dance Works and guest soprano Katy Wolfe Zahn will lead the audience through Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Shall We Dance,” Variations at the Barre, a “Scene” from Swan Lake, Tango by Piazzolla and Cute by Hefti. The concert concludes with Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 1 and the “Hokey-Pokey.”

These concerts are attended by school and home schooled groups from Knox and surrounding counties and are open to the general public. For more information about the KSO’s education programs, please visit

The VYPC’s are sponsored by the Boyd Family, the MacLean Foundation, UT Federal Credit Union and the Rotary Club of Knoxville. Thanks to our sponsors for making these programs possible.

When: Tuesday, February 25 – 9:30 a.m. at the Tennessee Theatre ($6 at the door)

Wednesday, February 26 – 9:30 a.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts ($8 at the door)