Category Archives: Music

It’s Big Ears time in Tennessee!

The Big Ears Festival opened on Thursday and thousands of folks flooded into downtown Knoxville. They came from 48 states — including Alaska and Hawaii — and 21 foreign countries. (The only states not represented: Idaho and Nebraska.) It was … Continue reading

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Chopin and champagne: as elegant as it gets

For a few idyllic hours on this past rainy Sunday, a couple dozen music lovers were transported from West Knoxville to a lovely salon in mid-19th century Paris by virtue of music, dainty nibbles and flowing champagne served in fine … Continue reading

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An enchanted evening: music, chocolate and wine

How’s this for a clever idea? The Marble City Opera will be performing a Valentine’s show at Holly’s Gourmet’s Market on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week. But on Tuesday of this week, the opera company allowed members of … Continue reading

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Next KSO season: Beethoven, romance and surprises

The folks from the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra held a little reception downtown earlier this week to unveil some of the highlights from the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Let me urge you to get your tickets as soon as possible, because it’s … Continue reading

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Frivolity at the Fire and Ice Ball

The Knoxville Opera called its annual fundraising ball “Fire & Ice.” Held last month at the Knoxville Museum of Art, it was a blast. But attendance was down, causing the Opera to do what the Knoxville Symphony did last year … Continue reading

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Knoxville Symphony Board: many reasons to celebrate

In addition to the holiday season, the Knoxville Symphony Society’s board of directors had much to celebrate last night when members gathered at the Historic Middlebrook mansion for a little conviviality. Hosts Rick Fox, a KSO board member, and Ralph … Continue reading

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Long Table: a bracing, bodacious blowout

Dining al fresco when the temperature is dipping into the 40s might not seem like such a good idea, but the alcohol helped. The occasion was the recent Sunday evening Long Table Dinner set up in the middle of Central … Continue reading

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After 50 years, Urban League lets loose with After 7

The Knoxville Area Urban League is 50 years old this year and, to celebrate, the civil rights organization last week brought in popular R&B group After 7 for its annual awards gala. And it recognized its eight previous Whitney M. … Continue reading

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Alison Krauss tickles Tennessee Theatre fans

So, the historic Tennessee Theatre is right in the middle of celebrating its “90 days for 90 years” anniversary extravaganza! There’s a lot of partying yet to be done. But one of the earliest and most festive events was a sold-out … Continue reading

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90th anniversary cocktail party: the bees’ knees!

“Party Prohibition style!” the invitation said. And a sold-out crowd threw on their pearls and feather boas and shelled out a bunch of clams to do just that! It was not your average night in downtown Knoxville as folks in … Continue reading

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