Knoxville, TN – Dec. 22, 2017 – In three weeks, the KSO Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series, William Shaub & Friends, continues with Music of Bach & Mozart on Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Knoxville Museum of Art.  These performances are sponsored by Merchant & Gould and the Bill Jones Music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here or at the door.


What:  Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series features new Concertmaster William Shaub on the violin joined by several of his KSO colleagues for an up close and personal musical experience. Held in the Bailey Great Hall of the Knoxville Museum of Art, patrons can hear live music surrounded by visual art, specifically glass artist Richard Jolley’s permanent installation, Cycle of Life. These performances take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and seating is general admission. Tickets are $25 and recommended to be purchased in advance. The January installment of William Shaub & Friends features Concertmaster William Shaub and his KSO colleagues Gordon Tsai, Edward Pulgar, and Zofia Glashauser, violins, and Kathryn Gawne, viola.

            Musical selections include Mozart’s Duo No. 1 in G Major for violin and viola, C.P.E. Bach's Trio Sonata for Two Violins and Continuo in A Minor, J.S. Bach’s Largo ma non tanto from the Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, and a less familiar but just as exciting piece for strings by Kendall Briggs, “Duo Concertante for Two Violins” (2012).


Who:   Prior to his appointment as concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, William Shaub was a student in the coveted Artist Diploma program at Rice University, where he served as concertmaster. William was born in 1992 in Canton, Ohio, and was a recipient of the Louis Persinger Scholarship as a student at The Juilliard School, where he received the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in five years.


Shaub performed his concerto debut with the Canton Symphony Orchestra at age 12 and has since performed as a soloist and in recitals throughout the United States. He made his recital debut in New York as one of ten Exceptional Young Artists at the Starling-DeLay Symposium at Juilliard and he is the winner of an inaugural Zarin Mehta Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. Shaub has served as concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, and Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra. During his time at Juilliard, he led the conductorless Juilliard Chamber Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He performs on a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, from 1865.


When:     Wednesday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m                                        

Where:   Knoxville Museum of Art, 1015 World’s Fair Park Dr. Knoxville, TN 37916

Tickets:   Single tickets are $25 and seating is general admission. They may be purchased at the door, by calling 865-291-3310 or by visiting  


About:     Established in 1935 and now under the leadership of Music Director Aram Demirjian, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs more than 300 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches.  For more information regarding the KSO, please visit or call 865-291-3310.


Social Media:    KSO Concertmaster Series: Catch new KSO Concertmaster William Shaub & Friends in concert Jan. 10-11 at @knoxart. $25 General Admission. 865-291-3310. Follow @knoxsymphony on Twitter and Like KSO on Facebook.