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KSO ‘UnStaged Craft’ pairs craft beer and classical music

October 25, 2017

In two weeks, members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present a new musical experience that goes “UnStaged” in a concept that pairs classical music sets with a newly released premium craft beer.

Four local breweries will be on hand at this new event: “KSO UnStaged: CRAFT” on Thursday, Nov. 9, at The Standard in Knoxville at 7 p.m. Patrons ages 21 and up may purchase tickets for $34 in advance or at the door at this first-time event. View info and details.

Music Director Aram Demirjian will conduct KSO ensembles ranging from four to 35 musicians in four sets of music. Musicians will mingle with attendees between sets; each set of music has a theme and is paired with one new brew. Featured brewery partners are: Alliance Brewing Company, Blackhorse Brewery, Crafty Bastard Brewery and Last Days of Autumn Brewing.

Zack Roskop, Owner of Knox Brew Tours, will act as co-host and describe each beer-pairing. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres from Creative Catering of Knoxville and four beer tastings – one brew from each of the four breweries that will be premiered at this event. Additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310 or visiting our website.


About “UnStaged”

The purpose of this series is to present new and exciting music-centric events where the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra collaborates with community partners and other creative institutions wherein the orchestra performs in unconventional venues, adds various components or unique aspects to performances, and attracts new and different audiences.

In May 2017, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra was one of just 21 orchestras in the U.S. to receive a grant from the League of American Orchestras’ American Orchestras’ Futures Fund. The two-year innovation grant is made possible by the generosity of the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, and will support the development of two KSO initiatives: 1) Expand the work being done in the KSO Music & Wellness program by conducting a study in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the University of Tennessee Medical Center to measure and document effects of live music by professional musicians in the NICU.  2) Create and implement a collaborative musical experience designed to defy and exceed symphony patrons’ expectations entitled “KSO UnStaged.”

“KSO UnStaged” will feature collaborations and partnerships with local artists, new music, popular music fusions, core repertoire presented in a new way, visual components, and crowd participation.  “KSO UnStaged” will also promote a social atmosphere to attract new concert-goers and feature various aspects of the community by taking place in non-traditional venues such as partial outdoor spaces, airplane hangars, yoga studios, breweries and glass-blowing art studios. The KSO plans to implement two musical experiences in the 2017-2018 season and three musical experiences in the 2018-2019 season.

About KSO

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 more than 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.