Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's second annual blogger night provided the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and go out on the town last week. I met my friend, Natalie, at Cafe 4 on Market Square for pre-show desserts before we headed to the gorgeous Tennessee Theatre. Upon arrival, I was happy to see that we were seated near good friends Gavin and Chris as well as the Duttons.
The show opened with an ensemble of eleven bass players, cellists, violinists and a harpsichordist performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major. This was my favorite part of the evening since the musicians were closer to the audience and I could clearly see their varied expressions while they played. Maestro Lucas Richman then welcomed the audience as well as the bloggers in attendance. With no disrespect intended, the blogger crowd definitely brought the average age in the theatre down by several decades. Next, full symphony performed Mozart's Concerto No. 24 in C Minor with pianist Navah Pearlman. After intermission, the symphony returned without Pearlman to perform Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A Major.
It is no surprise to say that I am not a musician, nor a music expert, so I was not sure what I would have to add to the blogosphere's discussion of the night. My fashion forward guest and I tossed around the idea of critiquing the fashion of the evening. There was good and bad and ugly. Yet, I do not like to be negative on the blog, so I decided to pass. Instead, I'll take this opportunity to encourage the under 60 set to pay a visit to a KSO performance. The musicians are talented and the elaborate setting of the Tennessee Theatre makes it a multi-sensory event. Go ahead, be cultured.