Category Archives: Music

Lakeshore Park Picnic just shouts, “Summer!”

Temperatures hovered in the low 90s, but the vibe was definitely cool at Lakeshore Park last Saturday for its annual picnic fundraiser. Officials said 370 people either brought their own picnic dinner fare or purchased it from one of a … Continue reading

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Bijou Jubilee: Miami vibes help raise $70,000

Empanadas, plantains, salsa music, jugglers, and rum. A buffet and open bar at the Bistro at the Bijou, a street party on Cumberland Avenue outside the historic Bijou Theatre, and, finally, a fantastic sold-out concert by The Mavericks. What a … Continue reading

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Knox Symphony makes good on its “License to Trill”

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a fancy fundraiser at a swanky country club as much as the next person. But sometimes, let’s be honest, they can get a little stale. That’s why I thought it was refreshing last year … Continue reading

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The biggest star of the Big Ears Festival? Knoxville.

The 11th Big Ears festival ended its 4-day run late Sunday and one thing was very clear. Although there were quite a few musical and creative luminaries on the playbill, the biggest star of all was the city of Knoxville. … Continue reading

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A joyful smorgasbord of food and music

I think of the Knoxville Symphony League‘s “Symphony Soiree” every year as an elevated potuck — in both the dinner and the entertainment departments. You never know what you are going to get — but you know it’s going to … Continue reading

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Even non-scotch drinkers like “Scotch & Strings!”

I have come to really look forward to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra‘s lively little fundraiser called “Scotch & Strings” — even though I’m not a scotch drinker. A sellout every year, it’s a friendly gathering of 90 folks who throw … Continue reading

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KSO Board toasts Christmas — and some good news!

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Board Chair Rick Fox and his partner, Ralph Cianelli, invited the other members of the board and the KSO staff to their beautiful home in the Middlebrook mansion recently to celebrate the season — and to announce … Continue reading

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“Evening by the Tracks” enchants with menu and music

The tickets were pricey ($500 each), but it would have been hard to beat the food and music anywhere in Knoxville last Sunday. Called “Evening by the Tracks,” the benefit for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra was held at the future … Continue reading

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Evening Under the Stars even better with fun addition

One of Knoxville’s best fundraisers — Evening Under the Stars benefiting the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra — has gotten even better this year. The annual dinner and dancing soiree, held in a huge tent at the beautiful lakeside home of Sherri … Continue reading

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Jazz and Cocktails ’23: beautiful on all fronts

“Jazz and Cocktails,” one of the most compelling excuses for day drinking on the Knoxville social calendar, changed locations this year. A fundraiser for the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s youth scholarships, it generally is held at the venerable Maple Grove Estate … Continue reading

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