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Music This Week: December 10 - December 16

It's the last concert list of the semester! Have a great break, everyone. This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events, my Twitter lists, and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance.

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.


Monday, December 10

I will add events as I learn of them.

Tuesday, December 11

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Wednesday, December 12

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Thursday, December 13

7:30 pm Oak Ridge Community Band Holiday Concert
The program includes holiday tunes by Leroy Anderson ("A Christmas Festival" and "Sleigh Ride"), Alfred Reed's arrangement of "Greensleeves," and James Curnow's arrangement of "Suite from The Nutcracker." There will also be an audience sing-along of Christmas carols!
First Baptist Church - 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge

Friday, December 14

I will add events as I learn of them.

Saturday, December 15

I will add events as I learn of them.

Sunday, December 16

I will add events as I learn of them.

Music This Week: December 3 - December 9

We’re so close… This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events, my Twitter lists, and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance.

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.


Monday, December 3

4:00 pm Winter Concert Series: Off Kilter from Maryville College (Facebook Event LINK)
Join us as we welcome "Off Kilter" from Maryville College as they bring us the sounds of the season!
Blount County Public Library - 508 N Cusick St, Maryville

Tuesday, December 4

7:00 pm Knoxville Symphony Concerts in the Community: Holiday Concert in Dandrige (LINK)
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum will lead the KSCO in holiday favorites including Gesu Bambino, Tchaikovsky’s Christmas Waltz from The Seasons, March of the Toys, Stille Nacht and selections from both The Nutcracker and The Messiah. The KSCO will be joined by a combined choir made up of members from local Dandridge churches.
First Baptist Church Dandridge - 951 Highway 92 South, Dandridge, 37725
Tickets: $12 (All proceeds will benefit the Dandridge ministerial Association.)

7:00 pm Maryville College Division of Fine Arts Presents: “A Celtic Christmas”
Maryville College ensembles will join forces to present a Christmas concert titled “A Celtic Christmas.” Ensembles include the Maryville College Concert Choir, the Orchestra at Maryville College, the Maryville College Community Chorus, the Maryville College Jazz Ensemble, Off Kilter and the MC3 Band.
Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, 37804
Tickets: $10 for Adults, $5 for Area Students, FREE (but printed ticket required) for children 5 and under as well as MC students, faculty, and staff. To purchase tickets, please call the Clayton Center Box Office at 865-981-8590 or visit claytonartscenter.com.

8:00 pm UT School of Music ensemble event: UT Winter Choral Concert
Early arrival is recommended as this concert is typically standing room only.
James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building - 1408 Middle Drive, 37996

Wednesday, December 5

10:15 am Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Storytime (Facebook Event LINK) *Family friendly!
KSO string quartets perform and combine children’s literature with classical music.
Knox County Public Library (Bearden Branch) - 100 Golf Club Road, 37919

10:30 am Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Storytime (Facebook Event LINK) *Family friendly!
KSO string quartets perform and combine children’s literature with classical music.
Knox County Public Library (Sequoyah Branch) - 1140 Southgate Rd, 37919

8:00 pm Tim Shelton's A Very Vintage Christmas (Facebook Event LINK)
Recreating the Christmas music and style of a bygone era—some of the most beloved Christmas music was written and performed from the 1940s thru the 1960s. That’s what this show recreates.
Bijou Theatre - 803 S Gay St, 37902
Tickets: $15 - $35

Thursday, December 6

6:00 pm Pellissippi State Holiday Spectacular: “Home for the Holidays” (Performance #1)
Celebrate the season with student and faculty'/staff vocal and instrumental ensembles!
Clayton Performing Arts Center - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

7:00 pm Christmas with the Knoxville Opera (Facebook Event LINK)
The Knoxville Opera Company will perform while the audience can enjoy a cabaret setting. Performance will be in the Main Gallery.
Blount County Public Library - 508 N Cusick St, Maryville, 37804

8:00 pm Pellissippi State Holiday Spectacular: “Home for the Holidays” (Performance #2)
Celebrate the season with student and faculty'/staff vocal and instrumental ensembles!
Clayton Performing Arts Center - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

Friday, December 7

8:00 pm Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Facebook Event LINK)
Thompson-Boling Arena - 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way SW, 37996
Tickets: $41.00 and up

Saturday, December 8

8:00 pm Dor L'Dor concert (Facebook Event LINK)
Knoxville klezmer band Dor L'Dor returns to the Laurel Theater for this year's Hanukkah concert. Formed in 1999 by Ken and Susan Brown, the band currently includes about a dozen musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds, including classical training and jazz performance. Klezmer originated in Eastern Europe and borrows from various musical traditions of that region as well as from religious liturgy, musical theater, and American jazz.
Laurel Theater - 1538 Laurel Ave, 37916
Tickets: $15 at the door, $13 general audience advance, $12 JCA members, students, seniors 65+, $8 children 12 and under

Sunday, December 9

6:30 pm LMS Holiday Concert (Facebook Event LINK) *Family friendly!
Come hear the LeGrand Music Studios teachers DO what they love to teach! This event is a fundraiser for the Art Center, the building and organization that houses the studios so comfy-like. Wear your ugly sweaters, Holiday fanciness, or whatever you like!
LeGrand Music Studios - 213 Hotel Rd, 37918
Tickets: $10 donation recommended, per attendee. LMS students free.

Music This Week: November 26 - December 2

We’re in the home stretch! This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events, my Twitter lists, and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance.

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.


Monday, November 26

6:00 pm Maryville College Holiday Concert 1: Scottie Singers
Featuring the Scottie Singers, a youth choir for students in grades two through five that is directed by Martha Robinson.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, 37804

7:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) ensemble concert: Jazz for Tots
Jazz ensembles performing holiday music.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996
Tickets: A new, unwrapped toy to donate donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, or a monetary donation.

7:00 pm Maryville College Holiday Concert 2: Highlander Chorale & MC Ensembles
Featuring the Highlander Chorale, an ensemble for high school age students that is directed by Jill Purvis, and Maryville College ensembles.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, 37804

Tuesday, November 27

I will add events as I learn of them.

Wednesday, November 28

12:00 pm Knoxville Symphony: The Q Series (LINK)
This concert features a one-hour performance by the Principal Quartet and the Woodwind Quintet and tickets include lunch.
The Emporium Center - 100 S Gay St, 37902
Tickets: $18 in advance, $20 on the door

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) studio recital: Viola Studio Fall Recital
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) studio recital: Cello Studio Recital
Featuring works by Brahms and Schumann
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Thursday, November 29

7:00 pm Maryville College Concert: Keyboard Night
Featuring keyboard music students.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, 37804

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) graduate recital: Richard Li, violin
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Friday, November 30

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) graduate recital: Anna Young, soprano
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) graduate recital: Elizabeth Stovall, soprano
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

9:30 pm Knoxville Jazz Orchestra presents The Bobby Broom Organi-Station (LINK)
Guitarist Bobby Broom cut his teeth performing with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and Dr. John and has amassed a substantial body of work as a leader over the years. Broom formed his latest group Organi-Sation in 2014 at the request of Steely Dan, who then took the band on as the opening act for their “Jam a Lot Ever After” North American tour of 52 cities. The Organi-Sation is scheduled to release their first recording, Soul Fingers, in October of 2018. Produced by legendary drummer/producer, Steve Jordan (John Mayer, Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray), Soul Fingers, finds Broom revisiting his childhood soundtrack in a variety of rhythmic grooves and instrumental textures.
East Tennessee PBS Studios - 1611 East Magnolia Avenue, 37917
Tickets: $15-38 LINK

Saturday, December 1

1:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) guest artist recital: Indiana University Bloomington Guitar Ensemble
Program includes original compositions written for the group including "Shumba" for 12 guitars by UT's Jorge Variego. The ensemble's performance at UT is in collaboration with the Knoxville Guitar Society.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm 2018 Festival of Christmas Joy (LINK)
Hosted by Johnson University, featuring the Scruffy City Orchestra and the Vox Royale Johnson University Choir (Orchestra conducted by Ace Edewards).
Phillips-Welshimer Auditorium, Johnson University - 7900 Johnson Dr, Knoxville, 37998
Tickets: Free if attending festival only, but donations welcome

7:30 pm Clayton Center Presents: Christmas with the Annie Moses Band (LINK)
Christmas With the Annie Moses Band is a high-spirits holiday tour-de-force, featuring fiery string playing and soulful renditions of enduring favorites and fresh originals, infused with that unmistakable instrumental sparkle that makes the Annie Moses Band experience so unforgettable. From the spirited rendition of ‘God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen’ to the breathtaking beauty of ‘O Holy Night’, this evening of Christmas music is invigorating, reverential, and transporting.
Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, 37804
Tickets: $25, $32, and $40. Visit the Clayton Center website or call the box office at 865-981-8590.

7:30 pm Oak Ridge Chorus: Music for Royalty (LINK)
You won’t need a tiara nor a crown, but you will feel like royalty when engulfed by the sound of the Oak Ridge Chorus performing grand works for chorus and organ! Then, sing in the holiday season as Chorus Director Jaclyn Johnson leads popular holiday carols for the audience sing-along.
First United Methodist Church - 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge
Tickets: $15 Adults, $5 Young Adults, FREE Youth 18 and under

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) ensemble recital: UT Middle East Ensemble Fall Concert
An evening of vibrant music and song from the diverse communities of the Middle East.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Sunday, December 2

2:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) studio recital: UT Fall Flute Studio Recital
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

3:00 pm 2:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) ensemble event: UT Chamber Singers Outreach Concert
Handel's Messiah, "Part the First" in collaboration with the UT Symphony Orchestra and Farragut Presbyterian Church.
Farragut Presbyterian Church - 209 Jamestowne Boulevard, 37934

5:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) studio recital: Trumpet Night
Trumpet solos and ensembles.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) guest artist recital: Chamber Music Showcase
Featuring Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster William Shaub, violin; ETSU music professor David Kovac, viola; Sean Hawthorne, cello; Esther Park, piano; and Yi-Yang Chen, piano
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Music This Week: November 19 - November 25

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Get those concert reports done sooner rather than later. This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events, my Twitter lists, and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance.

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.


Monday, November 19

6:00 pm UT School of Music junior recital: Jake Byrd, jazz guitar
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music joint junior recital: Clara Prinston, violin and Angela Lois, viola
A night of music for violin and viola by composers such as Bach, Brahms, Higdon, Franck, and more!
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Tuesday, November 20

8:00 pm UT School of Music ensemble event: Fall Chamber Music Showcase
An end of semester celebration of chamber music showcasing UT undergraduate and graduate students
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band
All UT Bands Concert
James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building - 1408 Middle Drive, 37996

Wednesday, November 21

I will add events as I learn of them.

Thursday, November 22

I will add events as I learn of them.

Friday, November 23

I will add events as I learn of them.

Saturday, November 24

I will add events as I learn of them.

Sunday, November 25

2:30 pm Knoxville Symphony: Classical Christmas
Bijou Theatre - 803 S Gay St, 37902
Tickets: $12.50 and up