Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Tickets
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is a music group from the city of Knoxville in Tennessee. Having been established in 1935, the orchestra is not only the oldest one of its kind, it is also amongst the oldest institutions in the entire state. In fact, many records have stated that it is the oldest art group in all of the Southern America. The symphony was initiated by a woman called Bertha Walburn Clark who was the original conductor. Over the years, the orchestra has been working hand in hand with the 'Knoxville Opera Company'. Together, they want to be able to create such an institution that would attain high standards in performing arts, which would serve as the benchmark for all subsequent orchestras and theatres. They also want to offer educational programs to people of all ages in Eastern Tennessee, thereby diversifying the culture of their city. The group continues to perform its concerts even today, selling Knoxville Symphony Orchestra tickets not only within Tennessee, but all over the nation.
Latest Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Events
- KSO Pops: A Tribute to Elvis Presley, Knoxville Civic Auditorium, tickets for 05/09 8:00PM at Knoxville Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, TN
- Sat May 9 2015
- Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mahler & Ravel - Lucas Richman, Tennessee Theatre, tickets for 05/14 7:30PM at Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
- Thu May 14 2015
The history of the orchestra goes back to 1910, when Bertha Walburn Clark used to perform with a string quartet. Recorded history has shown that this was in fact, the earliest version of the institution. It was upon this string band that the complete orchestra was built and this became the very foundation of Tennessee's cultural monument. Even though the idea had been laid in 1910, it was many years later that a formal orchestra was initiated. During the time in the middle, the management wanted to make sure that their group consisted of people that were artists who were truly at the top of their act. Thus by 1935, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra had officially begun and was playing its first ever concert. The opening night met with a lot of success, and high culture promoters were happy with that fact that a professional orchestra had been added to the city.
The orchestra went through a lot of growth in the subsequent years, particularly in the 1940s. This was when David Van Vactor had taken over as the music director. He was simultaneously the Dean of the 'Department of Fine Arts' at the 'University of Tennessee'. A true academic is perhaps exactly what the symphony orchestra needed at this time for promotion and expansion. Under his watchful eye, the band itself reached artistic excellence. Other creative directors, composers, and conductors also came in during this time so help elevate KSO's status from just the city's orchestra to one of the best institutions in the entire state.
He handed over the torch to Arpad Joo in 1973. This was when the orchestra began to work like a business rather than a nonprofit organization. Now, the musicians who took part in the orchestra were paid for their services. Not just that, but to keep the standard and quality at the optimum level, each musician had to go through an audition process to join the band. This is because by this time, it had gained a good reputation and having one's name attached to it would have been a privilege to the local artist. Joo took on the risk of hiring a full time chamber section of the orchestra. These were 16 string musicians who became the core upon which the rest of the 'Chamber Orchestra' was built. Thus, Joo's additions also played a key part in bringing the orchestra to where it is today.
The next person to take over the company was Kirk Trevor who became the conductor in 1985. He was the art director for nearly 20 years. During his time, KSO became known as the finest orchestra in the US. It could easily meet the standard of the orchestras functioning in New York that always had direction coming from all over the world. KSO would instead make use of local talent and any elevation they received was on their own terms. His addition to the institution was adding the 'Pops and Chamber Series' in addition to their regular concerts. Therefore, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra tickets were sold now to the audiences who preferred contemporary music.
With such a rich history, KSO has vowed to reach a million followers over the next decade. They want to be able to educate and nourish as many aspiring musicians as they can. They understand that classical music is not the first career choice for most youth, thus they want to create programs that would at least inform them of the importance, if not inspire them to take on the job.