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Knoxville Symphony Pops Series presents ‘Disney Fantasia Live in Concert’ Jan. 16

December 21, 2015

December 21, 2015

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


The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform Disney Fantasia Live in Concert, part of the Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series. Guest conductor Sarah Hicks will conduct the KSO while the coinciding images appear on screen. The concert will take place on Saturday, January 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium and is sponsored by Twin City Dealerships. Tickets range from $35 – $89. View seats and purchase tickets. Patrons can still buy the entire KSO Pops Series (five concerts for just $105).

Fantasia MickeyDisney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation with a live orchestra concert accompanying scenes from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and Disney’s Fantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of the magnificent repertoire from both films including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Other iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, will also be shown in high definition on the big screen. Other musical selections include movements from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite.

Sarah Hicks, guest conductor, serves as Minnesota Orchestra’s Principal Conductor for Pops & Presentations in addition to her position as Staff Conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music. Sarah Hicks was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Honolulu, HI.  Trained on both the piano and viola, she was a prizewinning pianist by her early teens.  She received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in composition.  She holds an Artists’ Degree in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, and her talents have been recognized with numerous prized and scholarships; she received the Thomas Hoopes Prize for composition and the Doris Cohen Levy Prize for conducting from Harvard University, and she was the recipient of the Helen F. Whitaker Fund Scholarship and a Presser Award during her time at Curtis.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310 or visiting our website. Single tickets range from $35.00 – $89.00. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate.

About the KSO

Established in 1935, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 250 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.  The KSO is currently undergoing the search for a new Music Director, to be announced in 2016. For more information please visit