KSO 2000-2001
All concerts are held at the Tennessee Theatre unless otherwise noted.


Performance Dates

Stewart Goodyear - January 13/14, 2000
Janos Starker - February 17/18, 2000
Shakespeare's Hamlet - March 9/10, 2000
All Beethoven Spectacular - James Buswell - April 20/21, 2000
Charles Neidich - May 11/12, 2000
Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony - September 21/22, 2000
Anton Kuerti plays Mozart - October 19/20, 2000
Viva Piazzolla - November 16/17, 2000
“2001” in 2001 - January 18/19, 2001
Beethoven’s Ninth - February 22/23, 2001
A Touch of France - March 29/30, 2001
Demeterova plays Dvorak - April 26/27, 2001
Rachmaninov & Shostakovich - May 17/18, 2001

Stewart Goodyear
January 13/14, 2000

    One of the hottest young pianists in the world today will grace the stage in this tribute to George Gershwin. Hear Stewart Goodyear perform Gershwin's Concerto in F and the KSO usher in the year 2000 with the first of four compositions expressly for the KSO, Hailstorke's Fanfare for a New Millennium. Also on the program is Schubert's Symphony No. 9, The Great.


Janos Starker
February 17/18, 2000

    Legendary cellist, Janos Starker, is hailed by the Chicago Tribune as a performer who "....can turn any concert into an event." Starker performs Hayden's majestic Cello Concerto with the KSO as part of an evening of entertainment you'll treasure. Maestro Kirk Trevor conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in addition to Rodriquez' Fanfare for a New Millennium, the second work crafted for performance by the KSO.


Shakespeare's Hamlet
March 9, 10, 11 & 12, 2000
Civic Coliseum

    Prepare to be dazzled by this theatrical extravaganza featuring the combined talents of the KSO and the Clarence Brown Theatre Company. A cast of over 20 actors, stunning costumes and lighting bring Shakespeare's anti-hero to life.


All Beethoven Spectacular
James Buswell
April 20/21, 2000

    If you're a fan of Beethoven, make plans now for this All Beethoven Spectacular featuring the virtuoso performance of James Buswell, whom the New York Times says, "....has long been among the violin elite." Along with Maestro Trevor conducting the Eroica Symphony will be the third composition of 'Fanfare for a New Millennium' written for the KSO.


Charles Neidich
May 11/12, 2000

    The Times of London says of Mr. Neidich "....a virtuoso of the highest order, but also something of a showman...His encore brought down the house."

    Charles Neidich performs an American masterpiece, Copland's Clarinet Concerto in the season finale. Two popular British masterworks, Butterworth's 'A Shropshire Lad' and Elgar's 'Enigma Variations', are also on the program. The final installment of 'Fanfare for a New Millennium' will close out the season.


Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony
September 21/22, 2000

    Kirk Trevor, conductor • Yura Lee, violin

    Daron Hagen - Fanfare for a New Millennium
    Sibelius - Violin Concerto
    Dvorak Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

    In 1892, renowned Czech composer Antonin Dvorak crossed the Atlantic to visit New York for the first time. During his now-famous stay, Dvorak combined traditional European form with popular American folk tunes to create his epic Symphony No. 9 - an enduring tribute to the hopes and dreams of the New World.

    These exciting season opening concerts also feature the Knoxville return of child prodigy Yura Lee. Ms. Lee, who made her professional debut at age five with Korea’s leading orchestra, will be performing Sibelius’ beautiful, yet technically demanding, Violin Concerto.

    “Yura Lee plays with remarkable maturity for a 13-year-old. She has chops to spare...”
    Kansas City Star


Anton Kuerti plays Mozart
October 19/20, 2000

    Kirk Trevor, conductor • Anton Kuerti, piano

    Jennifer Higdon - Fanfare for a New Millennium
    Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20
    Rachmaninov - Symphony No. 1

    Hailed by Fanfare as “the best pianist currently playing,” Anton Kuerti has toured 30 countries and performed with most great American musical ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kuerti will perform one of Mozart’s most romantic and popular works, the Piano Concerto No. 20.

    Maestro Kirk Trevor will also conduct Sergei Rachmaninov’s passionate and powerful Symphony No. 1.

    Kuerti is “one of the truly great pianists of this century.”
    London’s CD Review


Viva Piazzolla
November 16/17, 2000

    Kirk Trevor, conductor • Daniel Binelli, bandoneon

    Robert X. Rodriguez - Fanfare for a New Millennium
    Piazzolla - Concerto for Bandoneon
    Piazzolla - Adios Nonino
    Moncoyo - Huapango
    Revueltas - La Noche de Las Mayas

    Influenced by Gershwin, Rachmaninov, and the sensuous sounds of his native country, Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla created a revolutionary and hypnotic style of music known as “Nuevo Tango.” Although once reviled for his disdain of tradition, Piazzolla - like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis - is now hailed as one of the 20th Century’s great innovators. With the exotic bandoneon (South American accordion) as the focal point, it will be as entertaining to watch these concerts as it will be to hear them!

    “Daniel Binelli played the complex button accordion solos with passion and sensitivity...”
    Chorpus Christi Caller-Times


“2001” in 2001
January 18/19, 2001

    Kirk Trevor, conductor

    Bach/Mahler - “Suite”
    Delius - The Walk to Paradise Garden
    R. Strauss - Thus Spake Zarathustra

    To usher in the new year, Maestro Kirk Trevor will lead the Orchestra in Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem Thus Spake Zarathustra featured in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.”


Beethoven’s Ninth
February 22/23, 2001
Civic Auditorium

    Kirk Trevor, conductor
    Knoxville Choral Society
    David Northington, piano

    Beethoven - Overture “Consecration of the House”
    Beethoven - Choral Fantasy
    Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

    Because of its length, ingenious orchestration, and incorporation of the human voice, Beethoven’s Ninth is considered by many experts to be the single most influential work ever composed. Perhaps even more amazing is that Beethoven created his monumental Ode to Joy while acutely deaf and in the midst of a profound depression. The Knoxville Choral Society will join Maestro Trevor and the Orchestra for these special performances of Beethoven’s glorious and inspiring tribute to the human spirit.


A Touch of France
March 29/30, 2001

    Alban Gerhardt, cello

    Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
    Lalo - Cello Concerto
    Berlioz - “Symphonie Fantastique”

    Join the Orchestra for an evening of French favorites. You’ll enjoy Claude Debussy’s
    impressionistic gem Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Hector Berlioz’s fiery and evocative Symphonie Fantastique written as a love crazed tribute to actress Harriet Smithson. Plus, renowned cellist Alban Gerhardt performs Lalo’s lyrical Cello Concerto.

    Gerhardt delivered “a highly polished, yet decidedly passionate performance... completely breathtaking.”
    The Washington Post


Demeterova plays Dvorak
April 26/27, 2001

    Kirk Trevor, conductor
    Gabriela Demeterova, violin

    Haydn - Symphony No. 30 “Alleluja”
    Dvorak - Violin Concerto
    Schumann - Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”

    Eastern Europe’s hottest young violinist makes her Knoxville debut! Gabriela Demeterova, who swept the major prizes in the 1993 Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and whose success as a soloist prompted the famed Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to create a new chamber ensemble to feature her, will perform countryman Antonin Dvorak’s brilliant Violin Concerto. Plus, Maestro Trevor conducts Schumann’s majestic Rhenish Symphony.

    “...perfect technique, energetic playing, and stunning virtuosity.”
    Germany-Beilefeld


Rachmaninov & Shostakovich
May 17/18, 2001

    Kirk Trevor, conductor
    Christopher O’Riley, piano

    Kernis - New Era Dances
    Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
    Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

    The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music of two great Russian composers - one a romantic, the other a revolutionary. Acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley performs Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - one of the most popular showpieces in the classical repertoire - and Maestro Kirk Trevor conducts Shostakovich’s masterful Symphony No. 5.

    “O’Riley repeatedly impressed with his sensitivity and seamless technique...”
    Los Angeles Times