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KSO to feature work of female composers at November Masterworks

November 6, 2018

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series will feature the music of female composers Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, along with classic compositions by Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms for the “Schumann’s Circle of Friends” performances in November.

Guest conductor Eric Jacobsen will lead the Orchestra on Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. The concerts are sponsored by the KSO Circle of Friends. View tickets and information here.

KSO Guest Conductor Eric Jacobsen

Musical selections include Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Notturno in G minor, Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 (“Rhenish”) and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1. The KSO also will welcome pianist Gabriela Martinez to perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

Pianist Gabriela Martinez

Patrons can attend pre-concert chats at 6:30 p.m. in the concert hall before each performance. Guest performers will offer their personal perspective, and audience members will have a chance for a Q&A session with the artists. This is a unique get-to-know-you opportunity.

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

About Eric Jacobsen

Eric Jacobsen serves as the Music Director for the Orlando Philharmonic, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and as Artistic Partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Alabama, the New World Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, and the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck. Jacobsen is also Co-Artistic Director, conductor, and cellist of The Knights, the adventurous orchestra founded with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage.

About Gabriela Martinez

Gabriela Martinez is a renowned pianist that has played with esteemed orchestras across the country. Born in Venezuela, she made her orchestral debut at age 7.  Gabriela Martinez has an eclectic career with experience in performance broadcasting and new music. Martinez is a graduate of The Juilliard School, the winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition, and is currently working on her doctoral studies.​

About the KSO

Led by Music Director Aram Demirjian, the Knoxville Symphony 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.