KSO Maestro to speak, perform at Library

As a special preview of the 2008-2009 season of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Lucas Richman will speak and perform on the piano in a collaborative performance with KSO violinist Sean Claire.

Blount County audiences can enjoy this rare privilege at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, September 25, at 7 p.m.

A delightful speaker, Richman will talk about this season's plans for the KSO schedule of performances, and, as a rare treat for the Blount County audience, he will also play the piano in a duet performance with Claire.

Now in his sixth season as the music director of the KSO, Maestro Richman has assembled numerous seasons of outstanding and varied programs. A respected leader in the planning and conducting of concerts for young people, Richman participates in many youth programs each year and for six years has presented the Books, Bach and Beyond KSO Library Performances in libraries throughout the greater Knoxville area.

A gifted composer, Richman has had his music performed by more than two hundred orchestras, as well as numerous orchestras around the country who have performed his works written especially for children at youth concerts. According to the KSO web site, http://www.knoxvillesymphony.com, "A new compact disc, Day Is Done, features original and traditional lullabies composed and arranged by M° Richman as an aid for parents wishing to introduce their children to the joys of music." The CD will be available for sale at the Blount County Public Library performance.

Richman and the KSO received the 2006 Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education. The KSO "Music and Wellness Program" was recognized for its partnership with community organizations to extend the healing power of music. In addition, Broadcast Music Inc., in recognition of the workshop Richman has run for ten years on conducting for film, presented him with their Classic Contribution Award at the annual BMI Film and Television Awards Gala in 2007.

Sean Claire, a first violinist, occupies the Gleb Mamantov Chair and performs in Chamber Orchestra.

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blountlibrary.org. For further information about the KSO season, go to the web site at http://www.knoxvillesymphony.com.

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