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Knoxville Symphony to perform Broadway hits, ‘Russian Passion’ for Valentine’s weekend

February 7, 2018

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform “Broadway Romance” as part of the KSO News Sentinel Pops Series on Saturday, Feb. 10. Next week, the KSO will perform a program of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff for “Russian Passion” on Feb. 15-16 as part of the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series.

Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum will conduct the KSO with special guest vocalists straight from Broadway, Doug LaBrecque, Christiane Noll and Rachel York, in hits from the musicals Rent, Crazy for You, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and more. The concert will take place Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium. Tickets range from $36-$92. View seats and purchase tickets.

The “Valentine’s Weekend: Russian Passion” concert, led by Music Director Aram Demirjian and featuring pianist Tanya Gabrielian, will take place Thursday, Feb. 15, and Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. These performances are sponsored by Thermal Label Warehouse. Tickets start at just $15. View tickets and information here.

Tanya Gabrielian

Musical selections include Tchaikovsky’s Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, part of his beloved ballet. The KSO welcomes pianist Tanya Gabrielian, a former 2014 Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series featured artist who returns to Knoxville to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, the story of a young maiden who becomes queen in the book, “One Thousand and One Nights,” also containing stories of Aladdin and Ali Baba. The clever maiden, Scheherazade, tricks the sultan into keeping her alive for 1,001 nights by telling him stories, by which time he falls in love and makes her his queen.

Tickets, which range from $15-$85, may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310 or visiting the KSO website. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling 865-521-2337.

Patrons can attend pre-concert chats at 6:30 p.m. in the concert hall before each Moxley Carmichael performance. Guest performers will offer their personal perspective, and audience members will have a chance for Q&A with the artists.

About the KSO

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 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.