Thursday, May 24, 2012

Come Out! Come Out! Wherever You Are!

Whether you are in Knoxville or Maryville, you have a chance to catch the KSO at an outdoor venue Thursday (7:00 p.m., Market Square) or Saturday (Maryville Greenbelt, 7:30 p.m., rain date Sunday at 7:30). Rain seems to be out of the picture for these evenings, so we shan’t accept that excuse for not attending. A wide-ranging mix of tunes will be played, from Rossini, Mozart and Respighi to Irving Berlin, Gershwin and Leroy Anderson.

Face it. You know that Market Square is the bomb when it comes to wining, dining and entertainment choices. No, I mean it. There is no cooler place on the planet right now than Knoxville. Well, ok, except for Cancun. The show on the Square can be a relaxing end to your day or a prelude to your evening’s carousing. Justin Townes Earle is playing a show at the Square Room just after ours.

Maryville’s Greenbelt Theatre in the Park is a sweet, lush oasis nestled between the Blount County Courthouse and Broadway Towers Housing. Our audience has been growing and, bless their hearts, has endured rain for us on occasion. Principal Clarinetist Peter Cain, who you remember from last week’s Overture to Mignon, will be soloing on a movement of the Weber Concerto. At both of these shows there will be a “clarinet sprint” in Leroy Anderson’s Clarinet Candy, about as tasty a little number as ever did you hear. It pits our clarinet section’s Mark Tucker aka “Tukka” vs Peter Cain aka “P-Cain” in a wherving dervish of derring-do in B♭.

I should add that these concerts are FREE!!

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