Category Archives: Music

Downtown pitch for Knoxville’s new maestro

On the first stop of our downtown progressive dinner last Saturday, I tapped my cellphone to my wine glass in order to get everyone’s attention for an announcement. “D-flat,” stated Aram Demirjian, the Knoxville Symphony‘s new conductor, in a matter-of-fact … Continue reading

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Symphony in Park was sublime. Season will soar!

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra launches its 81st season tonight and Friday with new conductor and music director Aram Demirjian taking the podium at the Tennessee Theatre for a program called “Russian Passion” featuring the works of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. But … Continue reading

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Southern Summer’s Night lights path to hope

For 20 years, Covenant Health’s Hope Center has been benefiting people and families coping with AIDS and HIV. For 14 of those years, Rick Fox and Ralph Cianelli have been throwing a huge fundraising party in the middle of summer … Continue reading

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Symphony League dinner: wine, water and wow!

Wow, it’s great to know someone who owns a vineyard and winery! The Knoxville Symphony League discovered that very thing when Jenny and Randy Boyd donated four cases of their Serendipity Malbec, produced at their vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, to … Continue reading

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Tar Heel trained, Knoxville’s gain

You wouldn’t think it from reading his editorial cartoons in the News Sentinel, but Charlie Daniel is really a sweet, quiet and unassuming guy. With a wicked sense of humor, of course. I have known Charlie for more than 30 … Continue reading

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Emilia exudes excellence

For the longest time, downtown dwellers and aficionados have bemoaned the fact that, of all the great and diverse number of eateries located there, there has not been in ages even one honest to goodness upscale Italian restaurant — only … Continue reading

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Shreveport a Go-Go

My mother loved Johnny Rivers, the rock and roll singer famous for such hits as “Secret Agent Man,” “Summer Rain,” “Memphis,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving” and “Poor Side of Town.” We lived in Rome, Georgia, until I was in … Continue reading

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Elegant dining, uproarious stories

Jeff Lee, the general manager of WBIR-TV Channel 10, took the podium at a recent Elegant Dining event to benefit the Knoxville Symphony. (He serves on the Symphony Board.) “Many times you see people on TV and you think you know … Continue reading

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Get thee to the Show House!

You still have a week to grab some friends and make a day of visiting the Knoxville Symphony League’s Show House. Conveniently located on Legacy Cove Way in the Rocky Hill neighborhood, this year’s Show House offers an opportunity to … Continue reading

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Interesting, innovative Inuksuit

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision on my part. Something I’m not really supposed to do without consulting my business (and life) partner, Alan Carmichael. (I did get his buy-in later before it became official.) But Ashley Capps and Mary Thom … Continue reading

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