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KSO 2018-19 Pops Series features Leslie Odom Jr. of ‘Hamilton’

June 6, 2018

Subscriptions are on sale now for the 2018-19 Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series starting at $105, and current subscribers have the first chance to renew their subscriptions and retain their seats. Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom Jr., who was most recently seen in the blockbuster Broadway hit “Hamilton” as Aaron Burr, will perform May 11, 2019, with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO).

“We are thrilled to welcome Leslie Odom Jr., star of the original Broadway cast of ‘Hamilton,’ as our Pops headliner,” KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford said. “This eclectic and diverse Pops season allows us to offer a little something for everyone with an array of genres from Frank Sinatra to Pink Floyd, from John Williams to Janis Joplin.

“Plus, we have a return of the popular film-with-orchestra presentations as Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” appears on the big screen alongside the KSO performing the ever-popular film score. Because of the ‘buy four get one free’ option, our pops patrons can customize their package to their own personal tastes.  It is going to be a spectacular season with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra!”

Leslie Odom Jr. of “Hamilton.”

All concerts take place at 8 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium unless otherwise noted. View the 2018-2019 KSO concert calendar here.

Current Pops subscribers can retain their seats by renewing by June 11.*  Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310. Single tickets to most Pops concerts will go on sale in August 2018, excluding the Odom concert, which will go on sale at a later date. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling 865-521-2337. *New or renewing subscribers can choose one of two free bonus concerts.

The 2018-19 Pops Season includes:

Women Rock!* (bonus concert)
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre

Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner and Heart are all proof that “women rock!” Three dynamic young female Broadway stars join Music Director Aram Demirjian and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for an evening of smash hits, including “Take Another Piece of My Heart,” “Proud Mary,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “These Dreams” and more arranged by Grammy Award-winner Jeff Tyzik.

Music of John Williams
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

Join the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum for an out-of-this-world program of the music of multiple Academy Award-winner John Williams. This performance includes blockbuster scores from the films “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “E.T.,” “Superman,” “Jurassic Park” and more.

Simply Sinatra
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

With three musician uncles who played on some of Frank Sinatra’s most popular recordings, Cary Hoffman turned his lifelong obsession with Ol’ Blue Eyes into an off-Broadway smash and ultimately a hit PBS television special. Hoffman’s Sinatra, hailed by The New York Times as “dead on,” is certain to fly you to the moon!

Music of Pink Floyd* (Bonus concert)
Saturday, March 9, 2019
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

From the creative minds that brought you tributes to Led Zeppelin, Queen and Journey comes this homage to the rock genius of Pink Floyd. This performance includes timeless classics from “Dark Side of the Moon,” “The Wall” and more featuring vocalist Randy Jackson and a dazzling light show with the KSO.

Disney in Concert: Mary Poppins
Saturday, April 6, 2019
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

Only one concert event can be rightfully lauded as “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – that’s the Oscar-winning Disney film “Mary Poppins” projected on the big screen with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performing the classic score live. So grab a “spoonful of sugar” and “step in time” down to your seat in the Civic Auditorium.

 Leslie Odom Jr.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom Jr., who won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role of Aaron Burr in “Hamilton,” is known for roles on stage as well as the big and small screens and has released a self-titled album as a recording artist. Odom joins the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for a very special evening of song.

Subscriber Benefits

Subscriptions to the five concerts of the 2018-19 Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series begin at just $105 and will be on sale to the general public. Subscribers receive five concerts for the price of four – which is like getting tickets to either “Women Rock!” or “The Music of Pink Floyd” for free.

Subscribers can purchase the second “pick one” concert at a discounted rate, as well as receive a 20% discount to the KSO Clayton Holiday Concert. Subscriptions to last season’s Pops Series sold very quickly, and patrons are encouraged to subscribe early to ensure the best seats.

About the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1935, and now under the leadership of Music Director Aram Demirjian, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for more than 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 300 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches. For more information regarding the KSO, please visit or call 865-291-3310.