Knoxville, TN –  The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will be featured in A Night with the Arts: A Celebration Concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. This concert, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission of Greater Knoxville, TVA with support from Knox County Commissioners Ed Brantley, Sam McKenzie, and Bob Thomas.

Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum conducts the KSO Chamber Orchestra joined by the Celebration Choir directed by Aaron Staple. This year's theme is "Embracing the Dream by Living with Purpose."  The performance will include an original one act play: Living the Dream with Purpose written, directed and produced by Sherineta Morrison.  KSO pieces include gospel tunes with the Celebration Choir and works by African American composers George Walker and William Grant Still.  The concert will also feature a new work, The 8th of August, composed by KSO horn player William Mark Harrell to honor Walter Spears who has supported music and music education in East Tennessee for over 40 years.


For more information visit knoxvillesymphony.com or mlkknoxville.org. Parking is free on nights and weekends in the State Street Garage. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.


Since 1982, the MLK Commission has been organizing a special celebration each year for the Knoxville area to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The week-long celebration focuses on providing education and leadership training for adults and youth and promotes reconciliation through peaceful conflict resolution.  Part of the celebration also includes stories of racial struggles with emphasis on non-violence, equality, and love.


Established in 1935, 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 250 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.  The KSO is currently undergoing the search for a new Music Director, to be announced in 2016. For more information please visit www.knoxvillesymphony.com.


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