Kingsport concert to premiere a new piece by New York composer Larry Spivack

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Symphony of the Mountains sets physics to music for a performance at Kingsport.

Isotone: A Collision of Science and Music is played 7:30 p.m. on February 4th at the Renaissance Center Theatre. According to Symphony of the Mountains, the concerts have delighted audiences for more than 12 years, with performances from Tennessee to New York to Vancouver, Canada. The performance was created in Oak Ridge in collaboration with the American Museum of Science and Energy and the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association.

A new work by Larry Spivack, “Chemistry Suite” will be premiered during the Kingsport concert. The play was commissioned to celebrate Kingsport-based Eastman Chemical Company. In addition, dr. Eastman employee Stephen Orth joins percussionist Scott Eddlemon in playing “Labware Leggiero” on chemical glass labware. Other works to be performed include “Spallation Quartet” for violin, cello and drums and “High Flux Isotope Reactor” for electric violin, electric cello, electric guitar and electric percussion.

Matt Weber, reviewer of I Care If You Listen, wrote of the premiere concert in New York City, “Isotone captured the excitement, energy and humor, as well as the dangers of physics.” Reviewer Becky Ball wrote in the March 2010 issue of The Oak Ridger: “This ready-to-use program fed fascinating information to our brains and unique rhythms, dynamics and timbres to our musical souls!”

Susan Eddlemon, violin, ETSU cello professor Sean Hawthorne, Scott Eddlemon, drums, New York artists Larry Spivack, drums and Adam Schneider, guitar make up the Isotone ensemble. Following the concert on February 6th, Spivack will teach a class for percussion students at East Tennessee State University. The concert will be repeated that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Center Recital Hall.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, with free admission for children and students. To order tickets, call the Symphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or visit