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KSO to perform two concerts for in-person audience March 7 at Tennessee Theatre

March 2, 2021

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform in front of a live, in-person audience on Sunday, March 7, for the first time since the pandemic began a year ago.

The Chamber Classics ensemble performances will take place at the Tennessee Theatre in front of very limited and socially distanced ticketholders and also will be the first live audience in the downtown Knoxville venue since the beginning of the pandemic last March. Two concerts will be performed at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and livestream tickets are available now.

“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting and planning for – to perform and play again with faces we can see in the audience,” KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian said. “We have missed our patrons just as much as they have missed live music and to be at the point where we can do this safely is incredible.”

The KSO will perform two different programs of music featuring chamber ensembles as part of the Chamber Classics series. The afternoon concert features KSO string musicians, and the evening concert showcases KSO wind players. Both concerts are sponsored by Elizabeth Koester in honor of Dr. Rudy Koester. Details and tickets can be found at

In order to protect patrons, seats are extremely limited and have been spaced widely apart for social distancing. Priority will be allotted to those who already hold season tickets, and any available seats are expected to sell out quickly.

“As a much-deserved thank you for their unwavering support, tickets for our in-person events first will be offered to our existing season ticketholders,” KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford said. “We know that will limit available seats, but safety comes first. We encourage anyone who is interested but can’t attend to consider a livestream ticket for now, and we promise that your experience will be excellent.”

The KSO and the Tennessee Theatre have implemented heightened sanitation and safety procedures that include:

  • Temperature checks upon entry.
  • Mandatory wearing of masks at all times inside the venue.
  • Minimal points of contact with digital tickets and programs.
  • Entrance and dismissal by section.
  • Socially distanced seating.
  • Bipolar ionization purification technology in the ventilation systems.

Symphony musicians and personnel also are being screened throughout the season to ensure their safety with COVID-19 tests provided by Covenant Health.

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About the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
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 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.