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Cellist Ildar Khuziakhmetov Performing at Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's Next Chamber Concert

ilKNOXVILLE -– Cellist Ildar Khuziakhmetov will join the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra (KSO) and Music Director Lucas Richman in presenting a concert featuring the music of Haydn and Mozart at the next Chamber Classics concert on Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 PM at the Bijou Theatre..

Opening the concert will be the overture to Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. Next, KSO cellist Ildar Khuziakhmetov will join the Chamber Orchestra to perform Haydn's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. Khuziakhmetov, born in Almalyk, Uzbekistan, began studying the cello at the age of seven. Prior to moving to Tennessee in 2000 to join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, he was the principal cellist in the St. Petersburg Mozarteum Chamber Orchestra and held positions in the Rimsky-Korsakov State Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the St. Petersburg City Hall State Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in the Second World Cello Congress under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Following intermission, the Chamber Orchestra will perform Haydn's Overture to Il ritorno di Tobia and Mozart's Symphony No. 38, "Prague."

Tickets to the concert begin at $24.50 and may be purchased at, or by calling the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310 or Tickets Unlimited, 865-656-4444. This performance is sponsored by Merchant and Gould.

KSCO will provide a shuttle to take patrons from the State Street Garage to the Bijou Theatre before and after each Chamber Classics concert. The shuttle will pick up on State Street, in front of the garage beginning at 1:30 PM and make continuous loops between the garage and the theatre until 2:30 PM. The shuttle will begin taking patrons back to the garage immediately following the concert until about 5:15 PM, allowing patrons the opportunity to attend post-concert chats. Parking in the State Street Garage is free of charge on evenings and weekends.

The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935. Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of more than 80 professional musicians and performs more than 200 programs throughout East Tennessee each season.

Publishd October 16, 2011

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