The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will present an all Beethoven concert on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Tennessee Theatre. The concerts, conducted by KSO Music Director Lucas Richman, will begin at 8 p.m. and feature pianist Margarita Shevchenko and the Carson-Newman Chorus.

The orchestra will open with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3 the most well-known of the four overtures composed for his opera Fidelio. The Carson-Newman Chorus and pianist Margarita Shevchenko will then join the orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, a precursor to his 9th Symphony which features the popular “Ode to Joy.” The concert will conclude with his well-known Symphony No. 6, “Pastorale,” popularized by the Disney film Fantasia.

“This upcoming Masterworks program presents the varied musical interests of Beethoven: storytelling, opera, chorus, solo voice and piano, all conveyed through his masterful use of the orchestra and its many colors. The performance of his joyous Symphony

No. 6 (“Pastorale”) falls into our annual exploration of one of his symphonies each season,” says KSO Music Director Lucas Richman.

Tickets to the concert begin at $20.50 and may be purchased by logging on to the KSO Web site, www.knoxvillesymphony.com, or by calling the KSO box office at (865)291-3310 or Tickets Unlimited, (865) 656-4444.

The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935. Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of more than 80 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 160,000 people throughout the region each year.

For more information regarding the KSO, or the All Beethoven concert, please call (865 291-3310.

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