Penny4Arts

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Bijou Theatre: Big Ears presents The Necks

February 28, 2017

8 PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the eighteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Contact: Courtney Bergmeier, 865-522-0832, courtney@knoxbijou.com

 

Bijou Theatre: Joseph with Kelsey Kopecky

March 3, 2017

8 PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Joseph is a bewitching band of three sisters from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Expect honest words and genetically perfected harmonies. The band‘s full length album I‘m Alone, No You‘re Not is out now.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Contact: Courtney Bergmeier, 865-522-0832, courtney@knoxbijou.com

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

March 7, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor’s house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM. Offered the First Tuesday of every month.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Clarence Brown Theatre: The Busy Body

Start date: March 1, 2017

End date: March 10, 2017

7:30 PM

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

A witty and fast-paced farce packed with memorable characters! A young woman, her handsome lover, and their friends plot to escape a controlling guardian in this hilarious Restoration comedy. Will a nosey nobleman ruin the plan or save the day?

The production runs February 22 – March 12, and performances offering the Penny4Arts discount are: Wednesday-Friday, March 1-3 and March 8-10 (show at 7:30 PM).

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office M-F 12-5 with 24 hours notice

Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, Box_Office@utk.edu

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Lefkowitz Plays Brahms

Start date: March 16, 2017

End date: March 17, 2017

7:30 PM

Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 81st season. Talented KSO Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz returns to the Tennessee Theatre stage bringing life to Brahms’ Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in D Major for the March Masterworks concerts. 28-year-old violinist Gabriel Lefkowitz has served five seasons as the KSO Concertmaster, and for four seasons has programmed and performed his own Concertmaster Series, Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends, as well as being the featured soloist on several KSO programs. In addition to many violin and conducting engagements, Gabriel also composes scores for films and video games.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – please reserve by 5 PM on the Wednesday before the concert. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: 865-291-3310 option 4, ksotix@knoxvillesymphony.com

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Poulenc Trio

March 18, 2017

7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Ridge, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

The Poulenc Trio (Irina Kaplan Lande, piano; Liang Wang, oboe; Bryan Young, bassoon) is the most active touring piano-wind chamber music ensemble in the world. Since its founding in 2003, the trio has performed in 45 U.S. states and at music festivals around the world, including the Ravello Festival in Italy, the San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico, and the White Nights Festival in Russia. In a recent review, the New York Times praised the trio for its “elegant rendition” of Piazolla’s Tangos. The Washington Post said the trio “does its namesake proud” in “an intriguing and beautifully played program” with “convincing elegance, near effortless light and grace”.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES – all children 18 & under may attend for free.
Advance reservations required? NO, however a ticket must be reserved either online or at the door to guarantee admission. Limited seating.

Contact: Rachel Perkins, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Guest Artist Rachel Barton Pine

April 1, 2017

7:30 PM

Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Enjoy audience favorites from Sibelius and Smetana, and delightful music from Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps.  Internationally renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine caps off our exciting season as soloist in Dvořák’s virtuoso violin concerto!

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Overture to The Wasps
Jean Sibelius: Ballade and March from Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Bedřich Smetana: The Moldau
Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES – all children 18 & under may attend for free.
Advance reservations required? NO, however a ticket must be reserved either online or at the door to guarantee admission.

Contact: Rachel Perkins, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Rachel Barton Pine

April 2, 2017

3 PM

Pollard Auditorium, 210 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. The Washington Post calls Pine “an exciting, boundary-defying performer” and says, “[she] displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.” Enjoy music by J.S. Bach, Paganini, Kreisler, and a new work written for Ms. Pine!

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES – all children 18 & under may attend for free.
Advance reservations required? NO, however a ticket must be reserved either online or at the door to guarantee admission. Limited seating.

Contact: Rachel Perkins, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics – Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

April 2, 2017

2:30 PM

Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Chamber Classics Series, which marks the KSO’s 81st season. The KSO Chamber Classics Series concludes with light-hearted music including Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Mozart’s Oboe Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, under the baton of Maestro James Fellenbaum, with KSO Principal Oboist Claire Chenette soloing.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – please reserve by 5 PM on the Wednesday before the concert. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: 865-291-3310 option 4, ksotix@knoxvillesymphony.com

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

April 4, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor’s house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM. Offered the First Tuesday of every month.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Dogwood Arts: Rhythm N’ Blooms

Start date: April 7, 2017

End date: April 9, 2017

Various venues throughout Old City

Rhythm N’ Blooms is a festival that’s just as much about the city of Knoxville as it is about music. The festival honors the identity and spirit of our rich East Tennessee history while providing a premium listening environment for top-notch musical performances. Knoxville’s story has always been set to music. Held over three days in the Historic Old City, Rhythm N’ Blooms highlights that soundtrack and celebrates the crossroads of this city’s varied music history by showcasing popular national acts alongside the finest musicians East Tennessee has to offer.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Garrett Thomson, 865-637-4561, gthomson@dogwoodarts.com, www.dogwoodarts.com

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Golka Plays Chopin

Start date: April 20, 2017

End date: April 21, 2017

7:30 PM

Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 81st season. Notable concert pianist Adam Golka returns to Knoxville to join the KSO in April for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. He previously performed with the KSO in 2009 for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Adam Golka’s recent solo performances include Berlin, Zurich, and at the Ruhr Festival in Germany.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – please reserve by 5 PM on the Wednesday before the concert. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: 865-291-3310 option 4, ksotix@knoxvillesymphony.com

Knoxville Opera: Mary Queen of Scots Final Dress Rehearsal

April 26, 2017

5:30 PM

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Live, full-length opera performed in Italian with projected English translations. The Tennessee Premiere of Donizetti’s 1835 masterpiece! Two Rival Queens… A Thirst for Power… The Scandal of a Century! Elizabeth I, fearing her rival in love and politics, has imprisoned her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, for 18 years. What happens when Elizabeth and Mary finally meet face to face? A riveting, explosive showdown featuring unspeakable insults and vocal fireworks! Fighting for her crown and survival, Elizabeth sends Mary to the executioner’s scaffold.

Admission to the final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages (with accompanying adults paying $5 at the door) and to Mary Queen of Scots ticket holders. Adults without tickets to the Friday or Sunday performance must accompany a student for admittance (be prepared to show student ID if an adult).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Michael Torano, 865-524-0795 ext. 281, mtorano@knoxvilleopera.com

Knoxville Opera: Mary Queen of Scots

April 30, 2017

2:30 PM

Tennessee Theatre, 604 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Live, full-length opera performed in Italian with projected English translations. The Tennessee Premiere of Donizetti’s 1835 masterpiece! Two Rival Queens… A Thirst for Power… The Scandal of a Century! Elizabeth I, fearing her rival in love and politics, has imprisoned her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, for 18 years. What happens when Elizabeth and Mary finally meet face to face? A riveting, explosive showdown featuring unspeakable insults and vocal fireworks! Fighting for her crown and survival, Elizabeth send Mary to the executioner’s scaffold. Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO – tickets given out as available until 2:00 PM on the day of the performance.

Contact: Michael Torano, 865-524-0795 ext. 281, mtorano@knoxvilleopera.com

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

May 2, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor’s house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM. Offered the First Tuesday of every month.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Clarence Brown Theatre: Around the World in 80 Days

Start date: April 26, 2017

End date: May 5, 2017

7:30 PM

Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

Bursting with imagination, this exuberant whistle-stop tour through Verne is a trip worth making. The intrepid Phileas Fogg with his loyal valet, Passepartout, voyage from Victorian London through the Indian subcontinent, to Asia and across the Pacific to America on a wager that he will return in precisely 80 days. Literally, a theatrical tour-de-force.

The production runs April 19 – May 7, and performances offering the Penny4Arts discount are: Wednesday-Friday, April 26-28 and May 3-5 (show at 7:30 PM).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office M-F 12-5 with 24 hours notice

Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, Box_Office@utk.edu

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Beethoven’s Fifth

Start date: May 18, 2017

End date: May 19, 2017

7:30 PM

Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-2017 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 81st season. The season concludes with Beethoven’s infamous Fifth Symphony. Other works on the program: Bates: Mothership, Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, and Williams: “Escapades” from Catch Me If You Can.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – please reserve by 5 PM on the Wednesday before the concert. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: 865-291-3310 option 4, ksotix@knoxvillesymphony.com

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

June 6, 2017

10 AM – 5 PM

200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor’s house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM. Offered the First Tuesday of every month.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Marble Springs State Historic Site: Guided Tours

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Sat 10 AM – 4 PM; Sun 12-4 PM (last tours at 3 PM)

1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920

John Sevier was elected Tennessee’s first governor in 1796. His property at Marble Springs in South Knox County was a working farm and a weekend retreat until 1800 when he resided at the farm till his death in 1815. Today, Marble Springs consists of Sevier’s cabin, a tavern, loom house, smoke house, and trading post. Tours are provided for students for FREE (with a paying adult) every Saturday and Sunday (except during special events and holidays). Gates close at 5 PM; Tours start at the top of the hour. How to obtain admission: Upon entry to the historic site, visitors should approach the Trading Post Gift Shop. This building is the closest to the parking lot and has an information sign on the outside wall. A tour guide will be available unless otherwise posted (work is often conducted in our on-site offices), in which case, please call 865-573-5508 and a tour guide will be with you shortly. Please mention Penny4Arts to receive this deal.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: Anna Chappelle, 865-573-5508, info@marblesprings.net

WDVX-FM Radio: Blue Plate Special

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Mon-Sat 12-1 PM

Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Free live music show and live radio broadcast. WDVX offers station tours with a reservation (please call), and groups can reserve seating at the Blue Plate Special through Visit Knoxville or WDVX. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast on the radio at 89.9 FM, 93.9 FM and 102.9 and online at www.wdvx.com.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? For studio tour only.

Contact: 865-544-1029, info@wdvx.com

Crescent Bend House and Gardens: Free Museum Admission

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Open by appointment through March 1, 2018.

2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 600 acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville. The Armstrong-Lockett House Museum at Crescent Bend contains an extensive fine antique art and furniture collection from notable artisans. Also on display is an outstanding American and English Silver collection dating back to the 16th century. The William P. Toms Memorial Garden at Crescent Bend is a three-acre formal Italian terraced pleasure garden that overlooks the Tennessee River. Penny Performances students may enjoy a tour of Crescent Bend for free with paid adult admission.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Closed the months of December, January, February. Contact: Judy McMillan, 865-637-3163, info@crescentbend.com

East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Mon-Fri 9 AM - 4 PM; Sat 10 AM - 4 PM; Sun 1-5 PM

601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for one parent accompanying a participating child. Enjoy compelling stories, interesting artifacts, and colorful characters in the nationally recognized exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, as well as regularly changing exhibits. Explore your own history and heritage in the premiere regional genealogy research library and the Knox County Archives. Browse the Museum Shop for gifts, books, and souvenirs.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: 865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org

James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Mon-Fri 10 AM - 3 PM

205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915

Visit James White’s Fort to experience what life was like in East Tennessee more than 200 years ago! James White’s Fort is the home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. 2016 marks the 225th anniversary of the beginning of the City of Knoxville! Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period. Penny Performance students may enjoy a self-guided tour of the Fort for free with paid Adult admission. No groups.

Hours for the winter months are 10 AM – 4 PM Monday-Friday. Some unforeseen circumstances (unpredictable weather, etc) may cause us to close the Fort early or for a day. Please contact us before your visit to confirm hours!

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Contact: 865-525-6514, jameswhitefort@aol.com

Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee; Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond and the Cycle of Life, Thorne Miniature Rooms and Facets of Modern and Contemporary Glass

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Tue-Sat 10 AM - 5 PM; Sun 1-5 PM

1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916

Overview of the art and artists from East Tennessee and beyond. To schedule a tour please call the museum Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance. Admission is FREE; one adult chaperone is required for every 15 students. The maximum number for each tour is 60, and larger groups will require two tour times. Last tour at 3:30 PM.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Contact: Kate Faulkner, 865-525-6101 x246, kfaulkner@knoxart.org

Mabry-Hazen House: Guided Tours

Start date: January 1, 2016

End date: December 31, 2017

Open by appointment through March 1, 2018.

1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

Guided tours are given of the Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Civil War Cemetery. These tours give an in-depth perspective into the lives of the families who occupied these homes and also detail the importance of these historical sites. Open by appointment only from December 12, 2016 – March 1, 2017.

Mabry-Hazen House: 1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
Bethel Cemetery: 1917 Bethel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Contact: Calvin Chappelle, 865-522-8661, mabryhazenhouse@gmail.com

The following guidelines apply to every Penny4Arts event:
+ Open to Knox and surrounding County residents (with a few exceptions);
+ All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and older) in a ratio not to exceed three children per one adult.

+ Proof of Knox and surrounding County residency may be required;
+ At least one in a group of up to four students ages 16-18 must purchase a regular adult admission/ticket (if applicable) for the group to be able to participate in Penny4Arts.

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