Date(s) - 09/30/2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Our 28th season opening concert is all about stories told in music.
The centerpiece of the concert is Samuel Barber’s iconic “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”, based on James Agee’s short essay that eventually became the preamble to the author’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Death in the Family”. Described by the composer as a lyric rhapsody, it paints an idyllic, nostalgic picture of Agee’s native Knoxville, Tennessee. The preamble is a simple, dreamlike depiction of an evening in the American South, narrated by a child who seems, at times, to transform into an adult. We are delighted to welcome the supremely expressive soprano, Kearstin Piper Brown to share this story.