Category Archives: Music

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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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma calls East Tennessee ‘paradise’

“I thought I was in paradise, except that I’m not dead yet!” exclaimed superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma during his appearance at World’s Fair Park on Friday night, referring to the beauty and culture he discovered in the Appalachian Mountains and … Continue reading

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‘Symphony Soiree:’ a sprightly shindig!

One of the best of the Knoxville Symphony League‘s “Elegant Dining” fundraisers is the one every year featuring the culinary talents of the musicians themselves. Held earlier this month in the Great Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral downtown, “Symphony … Continue reading

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A jaunt to Scotland — without leaving Knoxville

A packed Scottish pub. Scotch eggs. Four kinds of Scotch whisky. And Scottish music – with a couple of tangos thrown in for good measure. That’s what the sold-out “Scotch and Strings” fundraiser at Boyd’s Jig and Reel offered participants … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras on Magnolia!

Kim Trent is an expert on Mardi Gras. She is from Mobile, where the first Mardi Gras was held. So, it was with great enthusiasm that I signed up to attend a Mardi Gras-themed Elegant Dining fundraiser for the Knoxville … Continue reading

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KSO’s next season will be out of this world

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra held a little cocktail party at The Emporium Center on Gay Street recently to unveil to its board members and major supporters the schedule for the 2023-24 concert season, which starts in September. (You can see … Continue reading

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Does your doc rock? These do!

Hey, I like attending a fancy fundraiser at a swanky country club as much as the next person. But, sometimes, something a little different is what the doctor ordered! Case in point: Doc Rock, a battle of bands, whose members … Continue reading

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Artsy party announces Yo-Yo Ma appearance

If you were looking for anyone from Knoxville’s arts and culture crowd last night, chances are they were at The Mill & Mine music hall. That’s where Ashley Capps and his colleagues from the Big Ears Festival were making a … Continue reading

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MLK Celebration: a tale of two concerts. Or, ‘Sometimes things really do work out for the best!’

After more than 20 years, this year the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission decided not to partner with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for its annual MLK Celebration Concert. Instead, the Commission moved its program from the traditional location of … Continue reading

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Bijou Jubilee: the most fun outside New Orleans!

We felt as if we had gone to New Orleans last Saturday — and we never even left downtown Knoxville. Here’s why. The historic Bijou Theatre had a Mardi Gras theme for its annual Jubilee, the non-profit’s largest fundraiser of … Continue reading

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