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Big Ears Festival: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with Steven Schick performing the music of John Luther Adams, Bryce Dessner, & Philip Glass N/A
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Add-On $30.00, Single Event $39.50

(plus applicable fees)

Tickets available now at all Ticketmaster Locations and The Tennessee Theatre Box Office

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John Luther Adams is a composer whose life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world. A recipient of the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness, Adams has been honored with the Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University “for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries.” Adams was also awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his symphonic workBecome Ocean, and a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition.” Become Ocean will be just one of the Adams pieces presented at Big Ears 2016, featuring guest cellist Maya Beiser and guest conductor Steven Schick, a long-time associate of Adams’, master percussionist, and conductor of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. This will be the second half of a full orchestra, with the first half to feature other composers’ work to be announced soon.

The mission of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is to develop and sustain a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standards and to reach East Tennessee audiences of all ages by providing excellence in musical performance and education programs. In the next decade, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra aims to touch the lives of more than a million people through accessible musical performances and education programs. The KSO is creating new programs and services in under-served neighborhoods, communities and schools eager to be a part of an East Tennesseearts renaissance. Ths KSO is expanding music education programs at all grade levels in an effort to introduce music to future audiences and to train musicians of the 21st century. The KSO is focused on recruiting and retaining top quality musicians for the orchestra who will become active members of the Knoxville community.

Maya Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, electric repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries. The Boston Globe declares, “With virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness, Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello.”

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. Schick is music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including recent appearances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Among his acclaimed publications include a book,The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, and numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music including a 3 CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode) and a companion recording of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2014 (Mode). Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego.

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