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KSO to perform for over 3,000 youth in Very Young People’s Concerts

February 24, 2020

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform “Drumming & Dancing” for more than 3,000 elementary students as part of the Very Young People’s Concerts program. Music Director Aram Demirjian leads the performances Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville and on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the Tennessee Theatre.

These performances are part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Education & Community Partnerships. View ticket and general information here.

The Very Young People’s Concerts are performed for audiences of young children from Knox County and surrounding counties, including Anderson, Blount, Campbell and Loudon. These annual, imaginative concert programs are created for students in preschool through second grades.

“Drumming & Dancing” will explore rhythm and percussion, featuring guest performances by Austin-East High School’s West African Drum and Dance Company. This season’s program will teach children the difference between march and waltz rhythms, as well as several different styles of West African and contemporary dance.

The performances include “Seventy Six Trombones” from “The Music Man” by Meredith Wilson, “St. Louis Blues March” by W.C. Handy, “Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)” by Juventino Rosas, “Warehouse Medicine” from the “B-Sides” by Mason Bates, “5th Symphony Remixed” by Sam Hyken and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-521-2305 or visiting the KSO website. Single tickets are $8, with one adult free for every 10 paying students. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets by calling 865-521-2305. Tickets are required for children ages 2 and up.

For more information about the Very Young People’s Concerts, please email Jennifer Harrell, the director of Education & Community Partnerships, at [email protected] or call 865-521-2325.