Category Archives: Music

KSO conductor makes Knox debut on cello during magical evening (Plus: a little scoop!)

From the Better Late than Never Department is a wonderful item to which Alan and I purchased tickets at the Knoxville Symphony Ball — in 2019! It was Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Aram Demirjian’s Knoxville debut playing the cello … Continue reading

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Jazzy afternoon raises money and spirits

It wasn’t just the temperature that was hot on a recent Sunday afternoon in West Knoxville! It was the vibe and the excitement as supporters of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra got together at Maple Grove Estate for a fundraiser for … Continue reading

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‘Suttree’s Knoxville’ provides sublime summer evening

It was a stunningly beautiful evening last week at Lakeshore Park when the Big Ears Festival presented “Suttree’s Knoxville,” a silent film accompanied by live music. The film chronicled Knoxville during the four years in the 1950s which provided the … Continue reading

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Knoxville Museum of Art’s ‘Kickoff to Summer’ still holds title of most fun fundraiser in town: Here’s why!

I have always said that the most fun fundraiser of the year is the Knoxville Museum of Art’s Kickoff to Summer party. It was a little late this year, as many events have been, due to COVID cancellations and the … Continue reading

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Ijams cancels ‘Symphony in the Park’ after 35 years; KSO seeks new outdoor partner for September event

From the “All Good Things Must Come to an End” Department, comes word that Ijams Nature Center is pulling the plug on one of my all-time favorite fundraising events, “Symphony in the Park.” The fun outdoor evening — which has … Continue reading

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Symphony League celebrates success in trying year

About 80 members of the Knoxville Symphony League seemed almost giddy to get together this week at a celebratory Cherokee Country Club luncheon. It was the League’s annual business meeting and also the time when new officers are installed and … Continue reading

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Nestful of Knoxvillians help The Swag open 40th season

The Swag over near Waynesville, North Carolina, opened for its 40th season last weekend with a lot of familiar faces — including ours! Owned by Knoxville residents Annie and David Colquitt, the mountain resort which consistently ranks in Conde Nast … Continue reading

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Dr. Frank Gray: surgeon, music lover, friend

I just can’t believe that Dr. Frank Gray is gone. The retired orthopedic surgeon, music lover and fixture on Knoxville’s social scene has been a regular on the Blue Streak since its inception. That’s because he was passionate about so … Continue reading

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Remember eating, drinking and dancing together?

Greetings! Hope everyone is holding up during these stressful times of social distancing. I decided to haul out a not-so-long-ago memory of the Symphony Ball when we all gathered to eat, drink and even dance together. It makes me smile … Continue reading

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Players dazzle with diverse culinary, musical talents

When the Knoxville Symphony performs at one of our beautiful downtown theaters, the musicians seem to effortlessly harmonize and form one cohesive voice. But, actually, the Knoxville Symphony is a very diverse group of individuals. The members hail from nine … Continue reading

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