FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2013
Contact: Rachel Dellinger
KSO Director of Communications
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents a musical education moment with Maestro Lucas Richman entitled: “Ernest Bloch: A Musical Soul.” This event is FREE TO ATTEND and will take place on Sunday, December 8 at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church at 6:30 p.m. (2931 Kingston Pike.)
Maestro Lucas Richman will discuss how music is used in cultural, spiritual and creative expression, and particularly how composer Ernest Bloch expressed his spirituality through his musical composition, his work and his life. The KSO will perform Bloch’s Sacred Service February 20-21, 2014 as part of the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks series presentations of Music of the Spirit.
Ernest Bloch (July 24, 1880 – July 15, 1959) was a 20th-century Swiss-born American composer. Bloch was born in Geneva, Switzerland and began playing the violin at age 9. He began composing soon afterwards. He is best known for his work for cello and orchestra, Schelomo. He held several teaching appointments in the U.S. and was also director of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 1941 he settled in Oregon and lived there until he died in 1959. Bloch’s Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh), was composed in 1930-33.
The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935. Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of 75 professional musicians and performs more than 250 programs throughout East Tennessee each season. Performing in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks and churches, the KSO reaches more than 200,000 people throughout the region each year.