Knoxville Symphony Concertmaster William Shaub. Photo courtesy of Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

In Wednesday’s (9/13) (Tennessee), Alan Sherrod writes, “It rarely happens this way, but thanks to the whims of the calendar, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will be opening the 2023-24 season for two of its major series within a few days of each other. The KSO’s always-intriguing Chamber Classics Series in the Bijou Theatre comes first with a program titled ‘William Shaub Plays Mozart’—this Sunday afternoon, September 17… with works by Jorge Variego, Dame Ethel Smyth, and, of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Concertmaster William Shaub will be the featured soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 … Opening the concert will be BLINK, an atmospheric work for orchestra and multimedia by Jorge Variego that was commissioned by the KSO [in] 2021… KSO music director Aram Demirjian will conclude with Ethel Smyth’s Serenade in D Major for Orchestra…. Demirjian and the Orchestra will kick off the Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series on … September 21 and 22, in the Tennessee Theatre. The featured work will be ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ … by Modest Mussorgsky as orchestrated by Maurice Ravel…. Demirjian will open with contemporary composer Adam Schoenberg’s ‘Picture Studies,’ which was conceived by the composer as a 21st Century Pictures at an Exhibition.” Will Leathers, principal trumpet at the Nashville Symphony, will perform Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto.