Penny4Arts

fbPenny4Arts gives every child in Knox and surrounding counties an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY (or FREE) when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year. See below for more details, or call us at 865-523-7543 for help. Like us on Facebook!

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Zoo Knoxville: Penguins and Pandas for a Penny

Start date: September 1, 2017

End date: September 29, 2017

9 AM - 4 PM

3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914

On every Friday in September, children under age 12 living in Knox County will be admitted to the zoo for one penny with a paying adult. Adult tickets are $19.95, seniors 65+ are $16.95.

This promotion cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount and is valid only on September 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2017. Zoo hours on Fridays are 9 AM – 4 PM. Last admissions will be at 3 PM. Parking is available in the zoo’s upper and lower lots. Parking is $5. Zoo members park for free.

Open to students outside of Knox County? NO
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: 865-637-5331, info@zooknoxville.org

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Frankenstein!!

October 1, 2017

2:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Chamber Classics Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. This program opens the Chamber Classics series with with Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 60 known as Il Distratto, or “The Distracted,” which is a playful piece intended to almost make the audience laugh out loud. The second half includes Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, and concludes with Austrian composer HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! A Pan-Demonium for Chansonnier & Ensemble. Debuted in 1978, this humorous piece includes spoken word and sung verse by a narrator or chansonnier to accompany the orchestra who talk-sings of Frankenstein and other demons he encounters.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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

October 3, 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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Clarence Brown Theatre: Three Sisters

Start date: October 4, 2017

End date: October 6, 2017

7:30 PM

1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

Olga, Masha, and Irina struggle to let go of their past and to shape their future. A domineering sister-in-law, romance, soldiers, and money challenge the Prozorov family’s happiness and unity. With artful depiction of three very different women, Chekhov fascinates audiences with his deeply sensitive observations on life’s struggles.

Tickets available for October 4-6 (entire show run is September 27 – October 15) at at Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre. Seats for Penny4Arts are available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 PM
Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, box_office@utk.edu

GO! Contemporary Dance Works: UPFRONT

October 7, 2017

2 PM

Clarence Brown Theatre on the UT campus

GO! Contemporary Dance Works will present UPFRONT at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Known for edgy and innovative choreography, GO! is sure to push the limits once again, transcending beyond its audiences’ expectations. The matinee performance at 2 PM will be open for Penny4Arts tickets (an additional performance takes place at 8 PM but is ineligible for Penny4Arts). Tickets may be purchased from GO! Contemporary Dance Works office by calling 865-539-2475. Penny4Arts special ticketing prices are not available online.

Advance ticket prices: Adult $15 and student/senior $12; At the door, $20 and $15. Performance is appropriate for all ages.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO, but recommended
Contact: Lynn Banks, 865-539-2475, info@gocontemporarydance.com

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Motor City, Mother Goose, Glitter, and Gloria!

October 7, 2017

7:30 PM

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

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra is joined by operatic soprano, Alison Trainer, for a celebratory season opener that can’t be missed! Hailed by the Baltimore Sun for her “voice of radiant beauty”, Ms. Trainer will perform music by Verdi and Bernstein. Ms. Trainer will also be featured in Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’, alongside the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Oak Ridge Chorus.

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the day of the performance. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Flamenco West Knoxville: Beginner Flamenco Dance Classes

Start date: October 10, 2017

End date: November 28, 2017

Tuesdays at 11 AM

8701 Unicorn Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923 (Tennessee Conservatory of Fine Arts Studio)

Flamenco dance classes for fun and fitness on Tuesdays. This class is suited for community members who have never taken flamenco classes or those interested in learning technique, footwork, marking movements, learning short combinations for a variety of rhythms, for fun and/or fitness. Beginners are welcome!

Appropriate for ages 10+. A paying adult may bring up to three students for $0.01 each. Space is limited. The class is ongoing and drop-ins are allowed for $10; the fee for a four-week session (October 10-31 or November 7-28) is $40. 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO, but recommended
Contact: Lucia Andronescu, 865-202-0740, landronescu@tds.net

Bijou Theatre: Ron Pope

October 12, 2017

7:30 PM

803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

New York City-based singer/songwriter Ron Pope makes heartfelt, melodic pop. Hailing from Marietta, Georgia, Pope began singing and playing guitar seriously while a member of various bands in high school. However, after high school, Pope attended Rutgers University on a baseball scholarship before an injury curtailed his sports career. In 2003, Pope transferred to New York University, where he began focusing on his music interests. It was during this time that he began jamming with Zach Berkman and Paul Hammer, and eventually formed the band District. District went on to tour the country and release several albums before Pope decided to focus on his solo career. In 2008, Pope released his debut full-length album, Daylight. He then followed up with three more independent releases in 2009: The Bedroom Demos, Goodbye, Goodnight, and the EP Hello Love. Also in 2009, Pope signed a recording contract with Universal Republic and released the singles “I Believe” and “A Drop in the Ocean,” the latter of which became an Internet sensation, tallying up over 30 million views. After parting ways with Universal Republic, Pope released several more well-received independent albums, including 2010’s The New England Sessions, 2011’s Whatever It Takes, 2012’s Atlanta, and 2012’s Monster EP. In 2014, Pope returned with his seventh solo album, Calling Off the Dogs. The following year, the performer landed a guest appearance on the ABC musical drama Nashville and returned to the studio with a six-piece band. The resulting Ron Pope & the Nighthawks was issued by Brooklyn Basement in 2016.

The Bijou Theatre will reserve 25 seats for Penny4Arts. To get tickets, please contact the Tennessee Theatre Box Office at 865-684-1200.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES
Contact: Courtney Bergmeier, 865-522-0832 x201, courtney@knoxbijou.com

McClung Museum: Family Fun Day: Can You Dig It? Archaeology and Fossil Day

October 15, 2017

1:30-5 PM

1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996

In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, and the Archaeological Institute of America, East Tennessee Society, are hosting Can You Dig It?. Archaeologists and paleontologists and their graduate students from the University of Tennessee will man displays about their projects across the world, and talk with visitors about their work. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification. A number of activities for children, including games and take home crafts related to archaeology, will be available. All activities are free and open to the public.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: 865-974-2144, lcjantz@utk.edu

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Red, Hot & Bolero

Start date: October 19, 2017

End date: October 20, 2017

7:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. This Masterworks performance will be full of movement and flair featuring music from Marquez’ Danzon No. 2, Ades’ tango-inspired Danes from “Powder Her Face,” and Argentinian composer Ginastera’s Four Dances from “Estancia,” featuring members of the Appalachian Ballet Company. By mixing contemporary music of living composers with well-known favorites, this feisty program is full of Latin and South American influence on the first half, with Spanish storytelling on the second half with George Bizet’s Carmen, and Ravel’s Bolero.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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

McClung Museum: Stroller Tour: Chomp, Chomp!

October 23, 2017

10-11 AM

1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their infants through four year olds. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! The event is free, but limited, and all attendees must register to attend online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour. http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events/stroller-tour-10-23-2017/

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES
Contact: 865-974-2144, lcjantz@utk.edu

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Here’s a Riddle You Haven’t Heard

November 5, 2017

3 PM

First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge. 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Enjoy an afternoon of intimate music, featuring Vaughan William’s popular and “quintessentially English” composition for solo violin and orchestra, ‘The Lark Ascending’, performed by Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Karen Kartal. The concert will also feature bassoonist and WUOT host, Garrett McQueen performing Villa-Lobos’ little-known masterpiece ‘The Riddle of Seven Notes’, as well as delightful symphonic music by Haydn, Puccini, and Gorecki.

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the day of the performance. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

November 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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Knoxville Guitar Society: Roger Hudson

November 11, 2017

7 PM

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37922

Roger Hudson’s concerts include influences of Blues, Jazz, Classical as well as Brazilian and Mediterranean styles. In recent years Roger Hudson has become well-known for his Fingerstyle Basics columns that have appeared over 20 issues of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. He has also enjoyed popularity with students and advanced performers through his growing catalog of compositions offered by Mel Bay Publications. http://rogerhudson.com/

Doors open at 6:30 PM the day of the concert. A reception follows each concert. Tickets are sold at the door. No advance purchase is required.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Michael K. Smith, 865-694-4108, michaelks@aol.com

McClung Museum: Family Fun Day: Celebrate Native American Heritage

November 11, 2017

1-4 PM

1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996

Join us for free a free Family Fun Day featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more in honor of Native American Heritage Month in November. Visitors will enjoy a firsthand look at Native American traditions and history through hands-on activities and crafts. All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: 865-974-2144, lcjantz@utk.edu

McClung Museum: Stroller Tour: Harvest Time

November 13, 2017

10-11 AM

1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their infants through four year olds. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! The event is free, but limited, and all attendees must register to attend online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour. http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events/stroller-tour-11-13-2017/

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES
Contact: 865-974-2144, lcjantz@utk.edu

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven Violin Concerto

Start date: November 16, 2017

End date: November 17, 2017

7:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. Join the KSO for a powerful concert of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasy from Romeo & Juliet. Knoxville audiences will enjoy these highly romantic tone poems which the KSO has not performed in several years. Joshua Gersen is currently the Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, as well as the Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony. He was previously the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony, where he served as the assistant conductor. Paul Huang is a Taiwanese-American violinist and recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and holds two degrees from The Juilliard School.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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

Bijou Theatre: Gaelic Storm

November 16, 2017

8 PM

803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Gaelic Storm is a Celtic band. Their musical output includes pieces from traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. Even before releasing an LP, the Santa Monica, California-based Celtic group Gaelic Storm — vocalist/accordionist Patrick Murphy, bodhran player Stephen Wehmeyer, guitarist/mandolinist Steve Twigger, fiddler Samantha Hunt, and djembe player Shep Lonsdale — left an impression on audiences worldwide with their appearance as the “steerage band” entertaining immigrant third-class passengers in James Cameron’s blockbuster film epic Titanic. The unprecedented success of the movie brought Gaelic Storm to the attention of the Higher Octave label, which in 1998 issued the group’s self-titled LP. Herding Cats followed a year later, with Tree appearing in spring 2001 and Special Reserve arriving in 2003. The group’s fifth album, 2004’s How Are We Getting Home?, debuted at number three on the world music charts, 2006’s Bring Yer Wellies landed at number two, and 2008’s What’s the Rumpus? managed to snag the number one spot. The full-length albums Cabbage and Chicken Boxer arrived in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

The Bijou Theatre will reserve 25 seats for Penny4Arts. To get tickets, please contact the Tennessee Theatre Box Office at 865-684-1200.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES
Contact: Courtney Bergmeier, 865-522-0832 x201, courtney@knoxbijou.com

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Attacca Quartet

November 19, 2017

4 PM (pre-concert talk begins at 3:30 PM)

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

A string quartet praised by The Strad as “stunning” and for possessing “a musical maturity far beyond its members’ years,” the Attacca Quartet is currently celebrating its 15th season. From sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall to National Public Radio’s far reaching Tiny Desk Concerts, the Attacca Quartet celebrates the timeless beauty of the string quartet for a broad audience and this sublime art form. The quartet, comprised of violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Nathan Schram, and cellist Andrew Yee, will perform music by Caroline Shaw, Felix Mendelssohn, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Seating is limited for this performance; advance reservations are strongly recommended. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Classical Christmas

November 26, 2017

2:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Chamber Classics Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. The Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra will perform “A Classical Christmas” again this year at the Bijou Theatre just in time to get you and yours in the holiday spirit. This performance, conducted by James Fellenbaum, will feature some favorite holiday selections with vocals from the Webb School of Knoxville Chamber Singers. This popular performance sold out the past two years, so patrons should be sure to secure their subscriptions early!

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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

Clarence Brown Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Start date: November 29, 2017

End date: December 1, 2017

7:30 PM

1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

Our spectacular, heart-warming version of Dickens’ classic tale of redemption returns. Filled with traditional carols, stunning costumes, a gorgeous set and memorable characters, it’s guaranteed to enrich the holiday season for you and your family.

Tickets available for November 29 – December 1 (entire show run is November 22 – December 10) at Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage. Seats for Penny4Arts are available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 PM
Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, box_office@utk.edu

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Messiah and More!

December 1, 2017

7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge. 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Ring in the holiday season with the Oak Ridge Chorus! The Oak Ridge Chorus will join forces with the University of Tennessee Concert Choir to present an evening of celebration and music. Joined by instrumentalists from the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the Chorus will perform Messiah: Part I by George Frideric Handel, Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and more. Chorus Director Jaclyn Johnson will also lead an audience sing-along of popular Christmas Carols!

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the day of the performance. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

McClung Museum: Family Fun Day: A Global Community

December 2, 2017

1-4 PM

1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996

Join us for free a free Family Fun Day featuring activities, crafts, tours, and more in honor of refugee communities here and around the world. All materials will be provided. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: 865-974-2144, lcjantz@utk.edu

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

December 5, 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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Marble City Opera / Cathedral Arts: Amahl and the Night Visitors

Start date: December 8, 2017

End date: December 10, 2017

St. John’s Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a one-act opera in English by American composer, Carl Menotti. It Is a Christmas story about a crippled boy and his mother and their encounter with the three wise men. It is a family friendly Christmas opera and is an hour in length.

Performances are December 8 at 7:30 PM and December 10 at 3 PM. Tickets may be obtained by contacting Marble City Opera’s Executive Artistic Director, Kathryn Frady Marvel at KathrynM@marblecityopera.com Please write with the number of tickets required.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Kathryn Frady Marvel, 646-217-1580, KathrynM@marblecityopera.com

McClung Museum: Stroller Tour: Row Your Boat

December 11, 2017

10-11 AM

1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996

Join us for a morning out as our museum educator leads engaging gallery tours for parents and caregivers and their infants through four year olds. Crying and wiggly babies welcome! The event is free, but limited, and all attendees must register to attend online. Registration opens a month in advance and closes the day before the tour. http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/events/stroller-tour-12-11-2017/

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES
Contact: 865-974-2144, lcjantz@utk.edu

Knoxville Guitar Society: December Benefit Concert

December 15, 2017

7 PM

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37922

Join the Knoxville Guitar Society for its December Benefit Concert. This concert will feature students of local guitar teachers such as Larry Long, Jeff Comas, Ed Roberson, Chris Lee, and Andy LeGrand as well as other guest artists.

Doors open at 6:30 PM the day of the concert. A reception follows each concert. Tickets are sold at the door. No advance purchase is required.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Michael K. Smith, 865-694-4108, michaelks@aol.com

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Holiday Break Time Out

Start date: January 2, 2018

End date: January 6, 2018

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 700 Hall of Fame Dr. Knoxville, TN 37915

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame will offer free admission to students age 17 and below from January 2, 2018 thru January 6, 2018. Come witness history and have some fun in our ball court area. This offer is good during operations hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. All attendees must be chaperoned by a paying adult over the age of 18.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Dana Hart, 865-633-9000, dhart@wbhof.com

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Principal Woodwinds & Strings

January 7, 2018

2:30 PM

Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall on UT campus

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Chamber Classics Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. The January installment of the Chamber Classics series features combinations of Principal Quartet and Woodwind Quintet members in Samuel Barber’s Summer Music, Arthur Foote’s Nocturne and Scherzo for Flute and String Quartet, and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major. This is the first time both ensembles are featured on this series, with instruments paired together in various forms, and is sure to be a real treat! This concert will be held at the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, located at 1741 Volunteer Blvd. on the University of Tennessee Campus.

Seating is General Admission for this performance only.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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 Symphony Orchestra: Bohemian Rhapsodies: Dvořák, Smetana & More

Start date: January 18, 2018

End date: January 19, 2018

7:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. What does it mean to be “Bohemian?” This energetic concert is inspired by wandering artists new and old. The KSO will welcome the unique PROJECT Trio, a high-energy ensemble consisting of flute, cello and double bass who spend much time leading workshops and connecting with students via social media. Engaging younger audiences, PROJECT Trio has performed and led workshops for over 350,000 students worldwide, and will lead an educational workshop while in Knoxville. They have also collaborated with American composer Adam Schoenberg, whose piece, Scatter, will be performed on this program, in addition to other alluring music by Bedrich Smetana. This program also includes an arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody by the legendary rock band, Queen, and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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 Guitar Society: Duo Sudeste

January 20, 2018

7 PM

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37922

Duo Sudeste was formed in 2008 by Robert Thompson and Joey Butler. Merging their love of Latin music, classical guitar, and knowledge of Latin rhythms, they formed a guitar duo specializing in composers from South America — mainly Argentina and Brazil. Their debut CD entitled Viagem ao Sul (Voyage to the South) was released in 2015.
https://www.facebook.com/DuoSudeste/

Doors open at 6:30 PM the day of the concert. A reception follows each concert. Tickets are sold at the door. No advance purchase is required.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Michael K. Smith, 865-694-4108, michaelks@aol.com

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Frisson Ensemble

January 21, 2018

4 PM (pre-concert talk begins at 3:30 PM)

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

Frisson is explosive! A nine-piece chamber ensemble featuring New York City’s finest young classical musicians, Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. Listen and enjoy as Frisson expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, and a small chamber orchestra. The ensemble will perform music by Haydn, Spohr, Strauss, and Martinu.

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Seating is limited for this performance; advance reservations are strongly recommended. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Bach Concerto for Two Violins

February 4, 2018

2:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Chamber Classics Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. This energetic Chamber Classics performance led by Music Director Aram Demirjian includes the theatrical music of Schnittke, searing music of Golijov, and abnormally assertive Bach’s Concerto for 2 Violins, performed by KSO principal second violin Edward Pulgar and the KSO’s new Concertmaster, to be named in the spring of 2017. This all-string program showcases the full range capabilities of the Chamber Orchestra. While two pieces feature a double-violin solo by Bach, this program also uses a tongue-in-cheek style of string players combating each other with their instruments while playing. The program concludes with Jennifer Higdon’s “String” and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, the latter of which is an edgier piece than normally heard on the classical stage.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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

Clarence Brown Theatre: Alabama Story

Start date: February 7, 2018

End date: February 9, 2018

7:30 PM

1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

A gentle children’s book with an apparent hidden message stirs the passions of a segregationist senator and a no-nonsense state librarian in 1959 Montgomery, just as the Civil Rights Movement is flowering. Inspired by true events, Alabama Story puts politicians, star-crossed childhood friends, and one feisty author in a struggle for the soul of the Deep South.

Tickets available for February 7-9 (entire show run is January 31 – February 18) at Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage. Seats for Penny4Arts are available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 PM
Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, box_office@utk.edu

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Valentine’s Weekend: Russian Passion

Start date: February 15, 2018

End date: February 16, 2018

7:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. The KSO Masterworks romances audiences in Feburary with music from Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” suite. The Orchestra welcomes world-renowned pianist Tanya Gabrielian, who graduated with honors from both The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Ms. Gabrielian is a former 2014 Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series featured artist who returns to Knoxville to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. The program concludes with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, the story of a young maiden who becomes queen in the book, One Thousand and One Nights, also containing stories of Aladdin and Ali Baba. The clever maiden, Scheherazade, tricks the sultan into keeping her alive for 1,001 nights by telling him stories, by which time he falls in love with her and makes her his queen.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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: Oak Ridge String Quartet

February 17, 2018

7:30 PM (pre-concert talk begins at 7 PM)

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

The Oak Ridge String Quartet returns to the Oak Ridge Chamber Series, with a program featuring compositions that will transport audiences around the world and back again to Tennessee. Formed by the talented string players of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the quartet includes violinists Karen Kartal and Sarah Ringer, violist Sara Cho, and cellist Theodore Kartal.

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Seating is limited for this performance; advance reservations are strongly recommended. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Knoxville Opera: Puccini’s Turandot Final Dress Rehearsal

February 21, 2018

Doors at 5:30 PM, Rehearsal at 6:30 PM

Knoxville Civic Auditorium

AN ICY, BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS SO DESIRABLE THAT MEN CAME BY THE HUNDREDS TO VIE FOR HER LOVE. Desired by all men but wanting none, China’s cold-blooded Princess Turandot has built a wall of riddles around her heart.  Despite the deadly consequences of failure, Prince Calàf takes on Turandot’s challenge to match her wit and melt her icy resistance. Certainly the finest opera never completed, Turandot was bereft of its final scene due to Puccini’s untimely death. While it took a mere mortal to finish what this genius composer had started, Turandot remains among the top of the operatic pantheon to this day. Its ravishing score bursts with brilliant choruses and fiendishly difficult arias, including “Nessun dorma,” which Luciano Pavarotti elevated to iconic status. The opera’s music and majesty will be crowned by four sensational artists. Performed in Italian with projected English translations.

Admission to this final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages. Adult chaperones accompanying them must pay $5 cash at the door. Concessions are closed. Seating is open, and attendees may come and go as they wish. Please be aware of the security policy for the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Marie Butler, 865-524-0795 x1, mbutler@knoxvilleopera.com

Knoxville Opera: Puccini’s Turandot

Start date: February 23, 2018

End date: February 25, 2018

Knoxville Civic Auditorium

AN ICY, BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS SO DESIRABLE THAT MEN CAME BY THE HUNDREDS TO VIE FOR HER LOVE. Desired by all men but wanting none, China’s cold-blooded Princess Turandot has built a wall of riddles around her heart.  Despite the deadly consequences of failure, Prince Calàf takes on Turandot’s challenge to match her wit and melt her icy resistance. Certainly the finest opera never completed, Turandot was bereft of its final scene due to Puccini’s untimely death. While it took a mere mortal to finish what this genius composer had started, Turandot remains among the top of the operatic pantheon to this day. Its ravishing score bursts with brilliant choruses and fiendishly difficult arias, including “Nessun dorma,” which Luciano Pavarotti elevated to iconic status. The opera’s music and majesty will be crowned by four sensational artists. Performed in Italian with projected English translations.

Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to opera performances.  Patrons get insight into the music, story, history and a chance for Q&A. All students are invited to take photos with the cast on the set after the final curtain for Turandot.

Performances: Friday, February 23 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 PM. Contact Knoxville Opera box office for Penny4Arts tickets to either performance. Tickets may also be available starting one hour prior to performance time at the Civic Auditorium. Please allow extra time for parking downtown and security lines. Please be aware of the security policy for the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Marie Butler, 865-524-0795 x1, mbutler@knoxvilleopera.com

Knoxville Guitar Society: Frank Bungarten

March 3, 2018

7 PM

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37922

Two-time Echo Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year Frank Bungarten is Germany’s leading classical guitarist. Being honored at an early age by legendary maestro Andrés Segovia unleashed the start of Bungarten’s international career. For almost four decades Bungarten has played countless concerts all over the world. Bungarten’s Bach transcriptions and his complete Villa-Lobos are long-established, bestselling classics.
http://www.frankbungarten.de/

Doors open at 6:30 PM the day of the concert. A reception follows each concert. Tickets are sold at the door. No advance purchase is required.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Michael K. Smith, 865-694-4108, michaelks@aol.com

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

March 4, 2018

2:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Chamber Classics Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. The Chamber Orchestra will perform the third of the six Brandenburg Concerti by Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by a new work by contemporary composer Christopher Theofanidis entitled “Muse,” and Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat known as “Dumbarton Oaks,” both of which were inspired by Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. The program fittingly concludes with Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 known as the “Jupiter” Symphony, the last symphony Mozart ever wrote.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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

March 6, 2018

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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: An Opera of Biblical Proportions

March 10, 2018

7:30 PM

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

The talented young vocalists of Sound Company Children’s Choir join forces with the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra for Benjamin Britten’s acclaimed ‘Noye’s Fludde’, based on the 15th-century Chester mystery play about the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark. The orchestra will also perform Richard Wagner’s beautiful tribute to his wife and newborn son, ‘Siegfried Idyll’.

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the day of the performance. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Carmina Burana

Start date: March 15, 2018

End date: March 16, 2018

7:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. Music Director Aram Demirjian continues the mighty Masterworks season with Mahler’s Blumine, Weill’s Suite from The Threepenny Opera, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. This concert illustrates how stories are told through music, with cantatas and symphonic tone poems. This concert explores melodies from the angelic, pure and sacred to the contrasting folksy music one might hear on the street. Performed in Latin by the Knoxville Choral Society, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is based on the medieval collection of poems by the same name.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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: Oak Ridge Goes Broadway!

March 24, 2018

7:30 PM

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

Join the Oak Ridge Chorus for an evening of popular music from the Broadway stage alongside some of the great standards of choral literature. Have fun bidding on our silent auction items, while sipping wine and nibbling hors d’oeuvres during the intermissions!

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the day of the performance. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

April 3, 2018

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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21

Start date: April 12, 2018

End date: April 13, 2018

7:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. This springtime Masterworks brings music of Mazzioli, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. The first and third pieces of the program offer an emotional journey surrounding the peaceful repose of the Mozart Piano Concerto. Guest conductor Edwin Outwateris currently the Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony as well as Director of Summer Concerts at the San Francisco Symphony. He was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Eastern Sierra Symphony, a summer festival in Mammoth Lakes, California. An ardent champion of new music and cross-cultural collaboration, he is a visionary programmer with a gift for bringing context to the concert hall. Pianist Fei-Fei Dong has been playing piano since the age of five, holds two degrees from The Juilliard School, and is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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: Richard Stoltzman & Peter John Stoltzman

April 14, 2018

7:30 PM (pre-concert talk begins at 7 PM)

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

Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman’s virtuosity, musicianship and sheer personal magnetism have made him one of today’s most sought-after concert artists. As soloist with over a hundred orchestras, a captivating recitalist, an innovative jazz artist, and a prolific recording artist, this two-time Grammy Award winner has defied categorization, dazzling critics and audiences alike throughout many musical genres. Richard Stoltzman will be joined by his son, pianist, Peter John Stoltzman, for a program celebrating Leonard Bernstein and also featuring the music of Ives and Gershwin.

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Seating is limited for this performance; advance reservations are strongly recommended. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Knoxville Guitar Society: Adam del Monte

April 14, 2018

7 PM

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37922

First Prize Winner at the 1997 Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition, Adam del Monte is one of the new dynamic forces in both flamenco and classical guitar. He studied flamenco and classical guitar in Spain, Israel & England. Beginning with his father, he continued his training with such famed Gypsy performers as Pepe “Habichuela”, Paco Cortez, Nino Miguel and Gerardo Nunez. Adam has been on the studio guitar department faculty at USC since 2000, where he teaches flamenco and classical guitar. https://www.adamdelmonte.com/biography

Doors open at 6:30 PM the day of the concert. A reception follows each concert. Tickets are sold at the door. No advance purchase is required.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Michael K. Smith, 865-694-4108, michaelks@aol.com

Clarence Brown Theatre: Urinetown, The Musical

Start date: April 24, 2018

End date: April 27, 2018

7:30 PM

1714 Andy Holt Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996

A water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission. Deciding he has had enough, a hero plans a revolution! Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, this hilarious musical is a satire on capitalism, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, politics, greed, and the musical theatre!

Tickets available for April 24-27 (entire show run is April 18 – May 6) at Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage. Seats for Penny4Arts are available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 PM
Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, box_office@utk.edu

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association: Fantastique Finale!

April 28, 2018

7:30 PM

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

Join the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Oak Ridge Chorus for a grand finale to our 73rd season! Chorus Director, Jaclyn Johnson will lead the orchestra and chorus in Berlioz’s ‘Death of Ophelia’ and ‘Meditation’. Music Director Dan Allcott will lead the orchestra in exciting music by young American composer, Missy Mazzoli, and the concert will conclude with Berlioz’s brilliant and epic ‘Symphonie Fantastique’!

Students 18 & under may attend for free, but a ticket is required. Reservations should be made online at www.ormca.org or by calling (865) 483-5569. Tickets will also be available at the box office on the day of the performance. Discount tickets are available for young adults, ages 19-29.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Rachel Perkins Haverkamp, 865-483-5569, office@orcma.org

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

May 1, 2018

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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Knoxville Opera: Verdi’s Aida Final Dress Rehearsal

May 2, 2018

Doors at 5:30 PM, Rehearsal at 6:30 PM

Knoxville Civic Auditorium

VERDI’S EPIC LOVE STORY SET AMID THE CLASH OF ANCIENT EMPIRES. Aida, the grandest of all operas, was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal and has been thrilling audiences since its 1871 Cairo premiere.  In the shadow of the Pharaohs’ pyramids, a bitter war dooms a star-crossed romance between the enslaved Ethiopian princess Aida and a powerful Egyptian warrior.  Will Aida be manipulated by her father into choosing country over love?  Absent from the Knoxville Opera stage for 18 years, Verdi’s epic returns with 200 performers and its magnificent Triumphal Scene as a spectacular showcase for a stunning international cast. Performed in Italian with projected English translations.

Admission to this final dress rehearsal is free to students of all ages. Adult chaperones accompanying them must pay $5 cash at the door. Concessions are closed. Seating is open, and attendees may come and go as they wish. Please be aware of the security policy for the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Marie Butler, 865-524-0795 x1, mbutler@knoxvilleopera.com

Knoxville Opera: Verdi’s Aida

Start date: May 4, 2018

End date: May 6, 2018

Knoxville Civic Auditorium

VERDI’S EPIC LOVE STORY SET AMID THE CLASH OF ANCIENT EMPIRES. Aida, the grandest of all operas, was commissioned to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal and has been thrilling audiences since its 1871 Cairo premiere.  In the shadow of the Pharaohs’ pyramids, a bitter war dooms a star-crossed romance between the enslaved Ethiopian princess Aida and a powerful Egyptian warrior.  Will Aida be manipulated by her father into choosing country over love?  Absent from the Knoxville Opera stage for 18 years, Verdi’s epic returns with 200 performers and its magnificent Triumphal Scene as a spectacular showcase for a stunning international cast. Performed in Italian with projected English translations.

Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to opera performances.  Patrons get insight into the music, story, history and a chance for Q&A. All students are invited to take photos with the cast on the set after the final curtain for Aida.

Performances: Friday, May 4 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 PM. Contact Knoxville Opera box office for Penny4Arts tickets to either performance. Tickets may also be available starting one hour prior to performance time at the Civic Auditorium. Please allow extra time for parking downtown and security lines. Please be aware of the security policy for the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Marie Butler, 865-524-0795 x1, mbutler@knoxvilleopera.com

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Rhapsody in Blue

Start date: May 17, 2018

End date: May 18, 2018

7:30 PM

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

Part of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series, which marks the KSO’s 82nd season. The May Masterworks ends the season with an all-American program featuring Aaron Copland (Fanfare for the Common Man), Charles Ives (The Unanswered Question), Florence Price (Piano Concerto), George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue) and concludes with Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3. Pianist Michelle Cann will perform not one but TWO piano concerti–by Florence Price and George Gershwin, a spectacular season finale conducted by Maestro Aram Demirjian. Ms. Cann holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, after which she joined the Curtis staff as one of the new Collaborative Staff Pianists. Michelle is also on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center as an instructor of piano and continues to perform with orchestras nationally.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office prior to the day of the concert (M-F 9-5). 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 Guitar Society: Spring Benefit Concert

May 18, 2018

7 PM

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, TN 37922

Join the Knoxville Guitar Society for its Spring Benefit Concert. This concert will feature students of local guitar teachers such as Larry Long, Jeff Comas, Ed Roberson, Chris Lee, and Andy LeGrand as well as other guest artists.

Doors open at 6:30 PM the day of the concert. A reception follows each concert. Tickets are sold at the door. No advance purchase is required.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Michael K. Smith, 865-694-4108, michaelks@aol.com

Historic Ramsey House: Summer Tours

Start date: June 1, 2018

End date: August 1, 2018

2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914

Each summer, Historic Ramsey House offers free tours to Knox, Jefferson and Sevier County students that are accompanied by a paying adult. There can be no more than three students for each adult. The tour is built around a “then and now” theme which points out the differences in living in the 18th century and the 21st century. Tours are available Monday-Saturday from 10 AM – 3 PM (please note, Saturdays may be excluded due to special events or private events).

Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville’s first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey. The structure is significant for original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES – Jefferson and Sevier
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Judy LaRose, 865-546-0745, judy@ramseyhouse.org

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

June 5, 2018

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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

July 3, 2018

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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

August 7, 2018

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 (except January & February, which are open by appointment only).

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Emily Ellis, 865-525-2375, info@blountmansion.org

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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