With the end of the KSO’s 75th anniversary season, it is with bittersweet sentiment that we bid adieu to our assistant concertmaster, Miroslav Hristov. Miro has been with us since the 2000-2001 season, and has been acting concertmaster this past season while the concertmaster search has been taking place. A major force in Knoxville’s violin community, he will be turning his attention towards teaching at UT and well-deserved time with his family. I will always remember him as a gifted, optimistic and witty musician and a true friend with an infectious smile and a zest for life. In quartet rehearsals his seemingly infinite knowledge of the violin repertoire was often quoted when we came upon a phrase in a quartet that reminded him of another piece.
As a “coda” to our 75th season, a recital by harpist Cindy Hicks will take place on Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00 Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6500 Northshore Dr., at the foot of Lyons Bend Road. Music by Jolivet, Ibert, Koechlin and others will be performed; principal bassoonist Ellen Connors and principal flutist Nadine Hur will assist. If you heard our concerts on one of the past two evenings, you cannot have missed all three of these musicians’ powerful artistry, particularly on Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade. Come see and hear chamber music with harp in an amazing acoustical setting.