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Tony Conrad

Tony Conrad Bows Out of Big Ears Festival, His ‘Amplified Drone Strings’ Remain >>

Artist Tony Conrad cancelled his appearance at this weekend's Big Ears Festival due to ill health. The performances of his collaboration with Faust, 'Outside the Dream Syndicate,' and his 'Amplified Drone Strings' concert continued as planned.

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Lou Reed’s Widow Laurie Anderson Brings His ‘DRONES’ to Big Ears Fest >>

Excitement for this year's Big Ears Festival builds with each performance announcement. Laurie Anderson, widow of Lou Reed and acclaimed performance artist in her own right, will perform pieces inspired by her late husband's avant-garde works as 'Lou Reed's DRONES.'

Eighth Blackbird

Big Ears Festival to Host Concerts from Grammy Winners eighth blackbird >>

Grammy-winning sextet eighth blackbird have announced a second concert at this year's Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN. The Chicagoan contemporary classical group will be joined by special guests for their April 1 performance on the festival's "The Sanctuary" stage.

Maya Beiser

2016 Big Ears Festival Presents 2 Concerts by Cellist Maya Beiser >>

Israeli-born American classical cellist, Maya Beiser will perform twice at this year's Big Ears Festival. On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7pm, she is the featured soloist in Philip Glass' Cello Concerto No. 2 "Naqoyqatsi" with the Knoxville Symphony at the Tennessee Theatre.

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Philip Glass & Laurie Anderson Prepare for 2016 Big Ears Festival? >>

Big Ears has been known for its boundary blurring performances, but this year festival goers will be treated to the once in a lifetime opportunity of hearing avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson and classical composer Phillip Glass perform together. Big Ears founder and curator, Ashley Capps, explained that the pair had only collaborated on stage once before and likely would never be doing it again. Making sure that the festival doesn't do as much harm as good, Big Ears has also announced the return of their complimentary bike rental service for all Big Ears patrons.

January Midnight Moment Concert For Dogs: Heart Of A Dog By Laurie Anderson

John Luther Adams & Laurie Anderson to Premiere Sound Installations at Big Ears Fest 2016 >>

With preparation for the 2016 Big Ears Festival underway, the bigwigs behind the gala have announced two sound installations that will be part of the festivities: a piece from composer-in-residence John Luther Adams and his enticing Veils and Vesper, and Laurie Anderson's Drones, a Lou Reed original.

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John Luther Adams Named Composer in Residence for 2016 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville >>

It's that time of year again and the 2016 Big Ears fest in Knoxville, Tennessee is upon us. A lineup has been announced for the festival, which takes place March 31 to April 2. On that list are John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Vijay Iyer, Yo La Tengo and more. The festival is for the neo-classical and the avant-garde. As is customary with the festival, a Composer in Residence is given the most time over the course of 3 days. This year's is none other than the Pulitzer-prize winner John Luther Adams.

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Full Line-Up of Big Ears Festival Released >>

The full line-up for the Big Ears Festival, the eclectic, avant-guard music festival in Tennessee, has been announced. Notable acts include Laurie Anderson, Ben Frost, Jamie xx, Swans, Perfume Genius, Bryce Dessner of The National and Wilco’s Nels Cline. Max Richter will also be performing with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with Kronos Quartet serving as the festival’s artists-in-residence

Kronos Quartet

Big Ears Festival Initial Lineup: Bryce Dessner, Terry Riley, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Nosaj Thing, tUnE-yArDs >>

Excited as we were to hear about Big Ears Festival Artists-in-Residence, and Classicalite favorite, Kronos Quartet making their way to Knoxville in 2015, we are overjoyed with the initial line up announcement. From March 27 to 29 contemporary classical composers and loads of indie darlings will descend upon Nashville to bring one of the more expertly curated festivals of the season circut run.

Kronos Quartet Named Big Ears' 2015 'Artists-in-Residence,' Weekend Passes on Sale November 14

Kronos Quartet Named Big Ears' 2015 'Artists-in-Residence,' Weekend Passes on Sale November 14 >>

Always garnering significant excitement and attention, the Big Ears Festival is gearing up for its March 27–29 run in 2015. Next year, they will premiere the heralded Kronos Quartet as their 2015 Artists-in-Residence.

UPDATE: Big Ears Fest 2014 Announces Headliners Per the Bijou and Tennessee Theatres

Thinking Feller's Bonnaroo: Big Ears Fest 2014 Announces Bijou and Tennessee Theatre Headliners...with New Mobile App! >>

As the Big Ears Festival draws nigh, the anticipation turns to headliners and mobile applications. We already know who's playing, and a new app gives us the latest news on the thinking man's Bonnaroo. Before the full schedule announcement coming Tuesday, March 18, the higher ups there in Knoxville, Tenn. share with us some specific details regarding our headliners.

UPDATE: Big Ears Fest 2014 Announces Daily Lineups and Daily Ticket Sales for this Week

UPDATE: Big Ears Fest 2014 Announces Daily Lineups and Daily Ticket Sales for this Week >>

Earlier this month, Classicalite updated readers on the Big Ears Festival. The lineup had just been announced and now, Big Ears keeps us waiting just slightly longer.

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