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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present two free concerts in September as a part of an attempt to enhance community involvement. The first concert, Ruby Tuesday Picnic in the Park, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 6, and will feature the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by KSO Music Director Lucas Richman. The concert will be held at Theatre in the Park on the Greenbelt in Maryville, TN and will feature light classics and pop tunes including Von Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture, Anderson's Home Run, Waldteufel's Skater's Waltz and Sousa's Washington Post March. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early and bring a picnic-dinner, blankets and/or chairs.

The next concert, part of the Second Saturday Sensations Concert Series, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at "The Cove" in Concord Park. This concert will feature light classics, pops and patriotic tunes performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet.

Both concerts are free, family-friendly and open to the public. "The KSO and I endeavor to play outside of our normal downtown concert venues whenever it is possible in order to bring musical performances to those people who either may not be able to attend our seasonal subscription concerts or to those who simply don't realize that we have such a magnificent gem of an ensemble right in their own community," says KSO Music Director Lucas Richman. "Concerts such as these take big strides towards making music accessible to all of our East Tennessee neighborhoods."

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra consists of more than 80 professional musicians under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman. The orchestra gives more than 250 performances a year to a total audience of more than 160,000 people throughout the region.

For more information about these concerts, please call (865) 291-3310.