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Chamber Classics

Blackberry Winter: Appalachian Dulcimer Concerto


TicketsSunday, April 26, 2020 - 2:30pm

Blackberry Winter: Appalachian Dulcimer Concerto

The finale of the Chamber Classics series is all about the outdoors – just in time for spring! The highlight of the program is Conni Ellisor’s “Blackberry Winter: Concerto for Appalachian Dulcimer,” a beautiful collision of past and present, bringing the classic sounds of Appalachian folk together with a 21st century orchestral sound that sings the history of our region. The program begins with the KSO Woodwind Quintet playing Eric Ewazen’s Roaring Fork, which is inspired by the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Rounding out the afternoon is Honegger’s Pastorale d’été, or “Summer Pastoral”, inspired by the Swiss alps and Gustav Holst’s rustic St. Paul’s Suite.

Season subscriptions on sale now; individual concert tickets go on sale in August.


James Fellenbaum, conductor

Sarah Morgan, dulcimer


Ewazen: Roaring Fork

Ellisor: Blackberry Winter (Appalachian Dulcimer Concerto)

Honegger: Pastorale d'ete

Holst: St. Paul's Suite


All students grades K-12 can attend this concert FREE with purchase of one adult ticket as part of the Penny4Arts program. Up to 3 students per adult ticket; some restrictions apply. Must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310 prior to the day of the concert (M-F, 9-5). Offer not available online or at the door. Questions:


Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan started her musical journey at 7 years old and has fallen in love with traditional Appalachian music through the years. A native of East Tennessee, Sarah has incorporated the rich musical heritage of the area into her music. At 18, Sarah placed 1st at the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships held in Winfield, KS. A year later she went on to become a finalist in the 2013 International Acoustic Music Awards. She currently studying Traditional Music, Appalachian Studies, and Art Entrepreneurship at Morehead State University.  

The music of Sarah Morgan embodies her respect and joy of folk music and her creative approach to arranging. Backing traditional Appalachian melodies and haunting old time tunes with fresh harmonies and a progressive drive, she lends a new feel to seemingly "old" tunes, while accompanying pure and heartfelt vocals with the unpretentious sound of the Appalachian dulcimer. Folk, Americana, and Old-Time roots are brought to the forefront at live shows, where only Sarah and her dulcimer can be found behind the microphone, creating a subtle yet powerful sound that brings the relevant music of the past to today's audience