Aram Demirjian advances in Matacic Competition

Aram is one of 16 conductors selected from an international pool to advance to the Second Round of the 7th Lovro von Matacić Conducting Competition. He will travel to Zagreb, Croatia from October 5-10 for the remaining rounds to work with the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra in front of a distinguished international jury of music professionals.

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Aram Demirjian renews contract with Knoxville Symphony Through 2022

“The energy Demirjian brought to Knoxville is evident,” said Board President, Russ Watkins. “The past two seasons have been filled to the brim with exciting musical programming and performances, and thoughtful engagement in the community. Demirjian has a presence on and off stage that welcomes audience members, friends, and patrons alike to engage with him and the Orchestra. We are eager and enthusiastic to have him continue implementing his vision for the KSO over the next three years.”

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Knoxville Symphony Selected for 2020 SHIFT Festival

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts have announced the four orchestras selected to participate in the third SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras, taking place at the Kennedy Center and other locations around D.C. from March 23–29, 2020. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra was one of just four orchestras selected to perform a concert during the festival as well as present community residency programs in the D.C. area.

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Knoxville Symphony Big Ears performance cited in Rolling Stone

The Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee provides a listening experience unlike any other in America. At the 2017 edition, Norwegian drone musician Deathprod blasted deafening noise inside a 1920s theater listed in the National Register of Historic Places, while the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra played Bach on the floor of a rock club. Cell phones got alerts that a performance by Chinese guzheng player Wu Fei was at capacity, while Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy could be found squalling to a small audience in an improv noise band. A hundred volunteers rubbed rocks and spilled seeds for a hushed percussion piece in the Knoxville Museum of Art, while cellist Oliver Coates shredded Iannis Xenakis in a sweatshirt.

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