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Clarence Brown Theatre Gala kicks up its boots!

One of the best things about the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual gala fundraiser is getting to see the great theatrical talent that Knoxville produces. Last year, it was thespian  Dale Dickey who received the Clarence Brown’s Artistic Achievement Award at … Continue reading

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Opera Ball knocked ’em dead! Here’s why.

So, what’s the secret to having a sellout black tie fundraiser? The folks at Knoxville Opera know the answer to that. Here are some things they did right to make the annual Opera Ball — dubbed the Ruby Ball this … Continue reading

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Longtime couple tie knot quietly, celebrate out loud

David Butler and Ted Smith have been together as a couple for 20 years. This past Thanksgiving, they decided to get married in a small, quiet ceremony in Connecticut attended only by the couple who first introduced them. This past … Continue reading

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All aboard for the Streamliner Ball!

The Knoxville Opera Guild’s Streamliner Ball once again proved that the folks at Knoxville Opera know how to throw a heck of a party. Sure, there were the usual silent and live auctions and great music, as one would expect. … Continue reading

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Robinson-Stair wedding was a masterpiece

Attorney Caesar Stair III, the father of the groom, admitted that it was unusual to think of him officiating at a marriage ceremony — him being a well-known divorce lawyer and all. But that’s what his son wanted, so . … Continue reading

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Bravo to Knoxville Opera on a ball with it all!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Those folks at the Knoxville Opera know how to throw a great party! Case in point? This year’s Prima Donna Ball, honoring Knoxville’s own Mary Costa, who helped launch the Knoxville … Continue reading

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Tosca’s kiss, a green-eyed monster and a great idea

Diana Salesky, the wife of the executive director and conductor of the Knoxville Opera Company, had a good idea for an auction item to be offered at the annual Opera Ball. She contacted the group of friends who regularly host … Continue reading

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It wasn’t just the singing that dropped jaws at Saturday night’s Knoxville Opera Ball

Everybody said last Saturday’s Opera Ball was going to be “different” this year. And, take it from me, it was! It was so much fun that we almost didn’t care when former UT football coach Johnny Majors, an opera buff, … Continue reading

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Opera Goes to Church show: “a dream come true”

Maestro Brian Salesky, executive director of the Knoxville Opera Company, grew up in New York City in a household that played two kinds of music: gospel and opera. Therefore, he said Sunday it was a “dream come true” when he … Continue reading

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