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KNOXVILLE—Calling all music lovers. The University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra is inviting the community to a pre-concert lecture Saturday on Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, one of the great symphonic works of the Romantic period.

A three-part concert will follow the lecture.

This is the symphony orchestra’s first performance of the spring semester.

Both events are free and open to the public.

James Fellenbaum, director of UT orchestras, will present the pre-concert lecture, “Taking a Look at Mussorgsky’s Pictures” at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Building, Room 210.

Participants will hear the history behind the three concert pieces, Fellenbaum’s reasons for choosing them, and why he will be conducting each a certain way. They also will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The concert will follow at 8:00 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium, also in the Alumni Memorial Building, on the same floor as the lecture.

“The UT Symphony Orchestra’s performance of such a monumental work as Mussorgsky’s Pictures showcases how much the program at UT has developed and grown,” Fellenbaum said. “It’s a cause for some true ‘Volunteer’ pride.”

Pictures will be the premiere piece of the concert. The event also will include a strings composition which harkens back to when Fellenbaum played cello in a professional string quartet and a romantic viola concerto by Assistant Professor Hillary Herndon.

For more information, visit, select February, and click on concert name. You may also e-mail the School of Music publicity office at or call 865-974-8935.

C O N T A C T :

Barbara Hill (865-974-8935,