Classical and popular music will share the stage in harmony throughout the upcoming Knoxville Symphony Orchestra season.
The lineup includes tributes to war veterans, soulful legends and one larger-than-life film in a monthslong "feast for the ears."
While the current season won't wrap until May, the Symphony is already preparing to bring "the spirit of our community into the concert hall," KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian said in a news release.
"It's always exciting when we announce the symphony season," he told Knox News. "It's the culmination of a long process of planning. So many ideas and dreams that we've had, (we) finally get to see come to fruition.
"And certainly the next season has a great deal of variety, which is what we always strive for."
A brief look at what's in store
Fans of classical music should enjoy the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, bookended by Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4" in September and "Beethoven and The Rite of Spring" in May 2023.
The series also includes "Service and Spirit: A Salute to Veterans," happening Nov. 10-11.
The Clayton Holiday Concert will return with a 36th annual event, in addition to the Q Series, Chamber Classics Series and the Merchant & Gould Concertmaster & Friends Series.
Tributes to ABBA and Whitney Houston will take place as part of the Thermal Label Warehouse/Shaw Family Pops Series. The series also will reimagine songs by 1970s songwriters like Jackson Browne, and an evening dedicated to "Jurassic Park" will include John Williams' score performed by KSO as the film is projected.
"We want everybody to be able to experience the symphony in the way that's right for them," Demirjian said. "It's always such a joy to be able to play (Williams') music. And then also, there will be an organization called Cirque de la Symphonie, which is sort of a Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatic presentation in front of and over the orchestra playing live music."
KSO performances will take place across multiple venues, including the Bijou and Tennessee theaters, as well as Elks Lodge, Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Knoxville Museum of Art.
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Check out the full list of performances
Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series - Tennessee Theatre
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 – Sept. 15-16, 2022
Michelle Cann Plays Rachmaninoff – Oct. 13-14, 2022
Service and Spirit: A Salute to Veterans – Nov. 10-11, 2022
Dvořák Cello Concerto – Jan. 19-20, 2023
Brahms Violin Concerto – Feb. 23-24, 2023
Appalachian Journeys – March 23-24, 2023
Mozart’s Requiem – April 20-21, 2023
Beethoven and The Rite of Spring – May 18-19, 2023
Chamber Classics Series - Bijou Theatre
Mozart and Ginastera – Sept. 25, 2022
Classical Christmas: Messiah – Nov. 27, 2022 (Tennessee Theatre)
Jeff Midkiff’s Mandolin – Jan. 29, 2023
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 – March 5, 2023
Beethoven Symphony No. 8 – May 7, 2023
Thermal Label Warehouse/Shaw Family Pops Series - Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Fire and Rain – Oct. 7, 2022 (Tennessee Theatre)
Jurassic Park – Jan. 14, 2023
Cirque Broadway – Feb. 11, 2023
The Music of Whitney Houston – March 11, 2023
ABBA: The Concert – April 15, 2023
The Doo Wop Project – May 13, 2023
Merchant & Gould Concertmaster & Friends Series - Knoxville Museum of Art
Carmen Fantasy – Oct. 5-6, 2022
The Call of the Hunt: Brahms’ Horn Trio – Jan. 25-26, 2023
The Late Genius: Beethoven’s Final Days – April 5-6, 2023
Q Series - Elks Lodge
Six performances with KSO's Principal String Quartet - Sept. 28, 2022 through March 29, 2023
36th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert – Dec. 16-18, 2022
Is a ticket or subscription best for you?
Subscriptions are now on sale at knoxvillesymphony.com or by calling 865-291-3310.
Each series offers a subscription, which includes savings compared to purchasing tickets for each show. Current subscribers can keep their seats if they renew by April 30.
Subscriptions range from $56 for the Merchant & Gould Concertmaster & Friends Series to $115 for the Thermal Label Warehouse/Shaw Family Pops Series.
The remaining series start out around $110.
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This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra announces new season at downtown theaters