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KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian to debut at July 4 outdoor concert

June 20, 2016

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will host the 32nd Annual Free Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert on July 4 on the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park at 8 p.m. This free, family-friendly concert includes patriotic tributes and a spectacular fireworks finale.

The annual Festival on the Fourth concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra draws enthusiastic crowds.

The annual Festival on the Fourth concert by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra draws enthusiastic crowds.

New Music Director Aram Demirjian will conduct the Orchestra in this annual concert as part of the City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth. This concert is free to attend; no tickets are required. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged.

Enjoy patriotic tunes such as the Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and recognizable tunes, including “Rocky Top,” “America the Beautiful,” Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and music from Olympic fanfares in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics. View event details here.

“This will be my first appearance as KSO Music Director, and I couldn’t be more excited,” Demirjian said. “Last January, when I conducted a pair of concerts at the Tennessee Theatre, I felt an immediate connection with these incredible musicians and our enthusiastic audience, and I am eager now to introduce myself to the entire Knoxville community.

Aram Demirjian

Aram Demirjian

“Above all, symphonic music is a source of joy, connection and unity for everyone who plays and listens to it, and I cannot think of a better way to begin our journey together than celebrating our great nation with a free concert at the heart of the city this July 4th.”

The KSO is proud to partner with the City of Knoxville, Pilot Flying J and WBIR-TV for this Independence Day concert. Both the concert and the fireworks display will be live broadcast on WBIR-TV Channel 10.

Click here for more information on parking, activities and prohibited items. Those who use the hashtag #KSOJuly4 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be entered to win a pair of Moxley Carmichael Masterworks tickets for the upcoming season. Also, share your photos with us by tagging @knoxsymphony on social media.

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 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.  For more information regarding the KSO or the Independence Day Concert, please call 865-291-3310 and tell us you’re coming on Facebook.