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Music This Week: April 22 - April 28

It’s the last week of classes at Pellissippi! You know what to do. This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events (LINK), my Twitter lists (LINK), and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance (LINK).

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, April 22

I will add events as I learn of them.

Tuesday, April 23

7:00 pm Maryville College: Orchestra and Community Chorus Spring Concert
The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, and the Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will present a spring concert.
Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804
TICKETS: $5 adults, seniors, and area students. Admission is free for MC students, faculty, and staff (although a printed ticket is required for admission). Clayton Center Box Office: 865-981-8590.

7:30 pm Baba Brinkman Rap Guide to Culture
Rap artist, writer, and theater performer Baba Brinkman has been wowing audiences for ten years with his imaginative and award-winning "Rap Guide to…" series, in which he takes ideas from science and philosophy and presents them in a unique platform: hip-hop.
University of Tennessee Student Union, 272 B/C - 1502 Cumberland Ave, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: Graduate Choral Conducting Recital
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Wednesday, April 24

12:00 pm The Q Series at The Emporium Center (LINK)
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the KSO Q Series at The Emporium Center for classical music Wednesdays! This concert features a one-hour performance by the Principal Quartet and Woodwind Quintet and tickets include lunch catered by Simon Hall Private Chef. Menu: Turkey avocado wrap with spinach, tomatoes, pickled red onions, ranch dressing; cucumber and radish salad with lemon and chives; spring lettuces; bow tie pasta salad; dessert
The Emporium Center (LINK) - 100 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $18 in advance/$20 at the door.

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Graduate recital: Paul Foster, conducting
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Studio recital: Spring Violin Night
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Thursday, April 25

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior Recital: Anna Helms, jazz saxophone
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Pellissippi State Community College: Spring Choral Concert
Showcase of Pellissippi State student choirs.
Clayton Performing Arts Center, Hardin Valley Campus - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: VolOpera Program
A mini version of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with the Chamber Orchestra conducted by Logan Campbell.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Friday, April 26

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: Graduate String Quartet Recital
A recital presented by the Synergy and Azra String Quartets.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:30 pm Live at Lucille's: Greg Tardy's NYC Trio (LINK)
Saxophonist Greg Tardy has called Knoxville home since 2010. Prior to that, he resided in New York City and worked with an impressive array of top shelf jazz artists including Elvin Jones, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Andrew Hill, Bill Frisell, Wynton Marsalis and many more.
As a leader, Tardy has recorded more than a dozen albums for the famed Steeplechase label and his groups have headlined major festivals around the globe. His relationship with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Jaimeo Brown stretches back for more than a decade. The three have shared the stage at some of the jazz world's most hallowed venues, but this will be their Ktown (and PBS) debut.

East Tennessee PBS Studios - 1611 East Magnolia Avenue, 37917
TICKETS: $15 and up

Saturday, April 27

7:30 pm Oak Ridge Symphony: Chamber Delights & Dances (LINK)
The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra strings play a rousing finale to our 74th season! You’ll want to dance, so bring your dancing shoes. Maestro Allcott will have his! Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Karen Kartal and Principal Oboist Ayca Yayman are soloists for the evening. Join us for the season-ending reception to meet and greet the musicians…and maybe get a dance lesson from the Maestro!
First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge (LINK) - 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 37830
TICKETS: $25 adults, $10 young adults (19-29), FREE youth (18 and under)

Sunday, April 28

2:30 pm Knoxville Symphony Chamber Classics: Mozart in the City (LINK)
KSO’s last Chamber Classic concert of the season offers a range of beautiful performance for all listeners. The program is led under the baton of Aram Demirjian. Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36 (‘Linz’)” is followed later by Copland’s “Quiet City,” a mournful movement featuring musicians Claire Chenette and Philip Chase Hawkins. Claire Chenette joins KSO as a reigning member of the orchestra and graduate of a Bachelor of Arts degree in oboe performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and a Masters of Fine Arts in music performance from California Institute of the Arts. The performance also features Phillip Chase Hawkins, KSO member and recipient of a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Both Chenette and Hawkins have been with the KSO as principal leaders of their instrument for five years.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $12.50 and up. All students grades K-12 can attend this concert FREE with purchase of one adult ticket as part of the Penny4Arts program. Up to 3 students per adult ticket; some restrictions apply. Must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310 prior to the day of the concert (M-F, 9-5). Offer not available online or at the door. Questions: boxoffice@knoxvillesymphony.com.

7:30 pm Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra: Chamber Music Program Spring Recital (LINK)
The KSYO Chamber Music Program provides students with an opportunity to participate in a small ensemble with their peers, learn about and develop skills in rehearsing chamber music, receive regular coaching, and have performance opportunities organized by the KSYO.
Ebenezer United Methodist Church - 1001 Ebenezer Rd, 37923
TICKETS: $5 for adults, FREE students through grade 12.

Music This Week: April 8 - April 14

Y’all know the drill by now, right? This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events (LINK), my Twitter lists (LINK), and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance (LINK).

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, April 8

I will add events as I learn of them.

Tuesday, April 9

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Junior recital: Bernell Jones, saxophone
Performing the music of John Caltrane. It will be a compilation of music from the different eras of his life and playing styles.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Maryville College: Student Repertoire Recital
A performance featuring Maryville College music majors.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804

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

Wednesday, April 10

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Will Hoover, percussion
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Thursday, April 11

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

7:00 pm Pellissippi State Community College: Spring Instrumental Concert
This concert showcases student ensembles at PSCC including brass ensemble, guitar ensemble, percussion ensemble, and studio orchestra.
Clayton Performing Arts Center, Hardin Valley Campus - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

7:30 pm Knoxville Symphony: Beethoven's Ninth (LINK), Performance 1 of 2
This night, dedicated to one of Beethoven’s greatest works, features pieces that accompany “Symphony No. 9” under the direction of Aram Demirjian. The program features the Knoxville Choral Society and its 130 members to perform along with the orchestra, who bring excellence to the musical experience by combining enticing melodies with technical brilliance. Additional voices will join Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from Webb School of Knoxville Chamber Singers. The evening ends with the prized work of Beethoven that is arguably his most esteemed and revered creation.
Tennessee Theatre (LINK) - 604 S Gay St, 37902

Friday, April 12

5:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Kevin Williams, jazz trumpet
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:30 pm Knoxville Symphony: Beethoven's Ninth (LINK), Performance 2 of 2
This night, dedicated to one of Beethoven’s greatest works, features pieces that accompany “Symphony No. 9” under the direction of Aram Demirjian. The program features the Knoxville Choral Society and its 130 members to perform along with the orchestra, who bring excellence to the musical experience by combining enticing melodies with technical brilliance. Additional voices will join Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from Webb School of Knoxville Chamber Singers. The evening ends with the prized work of Beethoven that is arguably his most esteemed and revered creation.
Tennessee Theatre (LINK) - 604 S Gay St, 37902

8:00 pm UT Opera Theater (LINK): Bizet's Carmen, Performance 1 of 3
Don Jose is a soldier who falls madly in love with the title character. Her desire to be free leads him down a dark path.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors (60+), and $5 for children under 18 and students with a valid student ID.

Rossini Festival - Saturday, April 13

The Rossini Festival International Street Fair has been designated a “legacy event” by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and serves as a celebration of the performing arts. The public enjoys 11 consecutive hours of live entertainment on several outdoor stages (opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles) and the YMCA FunZone, while shopping at exhibits of over 100 prominent Artisans and enjoying cuisine from dozens of food vendors. This unique event transforms downtown Knoxville into a European-style pedestrian street mall appropriate for the entire family. The Rossini Festival has entertained over 500,000 people from Knox County and the surrounding region in its first 17 years. As the Street Fair is offered free to the community, it is largely dependent upon sponsor support for its funding. More info: LINK

Saturday, April 13

12:00 pm Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra (KJYO) at the Rossini Festival (LINK)
Outdoor Stage - Downtown Knoxville - 803 South Gay Street, 37902

2:30 pm UT Opera Theater (LINK): Bizet's Carmen, Performance 2 of 3
Don Jose is a soldier who falls madly in love with the title character. Her desire to be free leads him down a dark path.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors (60+), and $5 for children under 18 and students with a valid student ID.

7:30 pm Oak Ridge Chorus: Bach to Broadway (LINK)
Music, mingling and munching make for another perfect evening with the Oak Ridge Chorus! Enjoy music by J.S. Bach before you browse through the silent auction items to support ORCMA’s mission. Broadway music sets the stage for your bidding in the second intermission. Take home a treasure from this night to remember!
Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (LINK) - 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 37830
TICKETS: Adults $25, Young Adults (19-29) $10, Youth (Under 18) FREE

Sunday, April 14

2:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Joint junior recital: Brent Davis and Peyton Shown, trombone
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

2:30 pm UT Opera Theater (LINK): Bizet's Carmen, Performance 3 of 3
Don Jose is a soldier who falls madly in love with the title character. Her desire to be free leads him down a dark path.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors (60+), and $5 for children under 18 and students with a valid student ID.

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - UT Middle East Ensemble Spring Concert
Join UT students, faculty, and Knoxville community members for an evening of lively music and song from the diverse communities of the Middle east!
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Music This Week: February 25 - March 3

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

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, February 25

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Graduate recital: Cole Bartels, trombone
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Tuesday, February 26

6:00 pm Maryville College Junior Recital: Robby Clemens
A recital featuring Maryville College junior music major Robby Clemens.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - DJ Spooky: composer, multimedia artist and writer
Join the College of Architecture and Design and the School of Music for a public performance and lecture by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky, a composer, multimedia artist and writer. Miller’s work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. His written work has been published by The Village Voice, The Source, and Artforum, among others, and has appeared in galleries and museums internationally. Miller’s published works include Rhythm Science, Sound Unbound, and The Book of Ice. MORE ABOUT DJ SPOOKY: https://www.sozoartists.com/djspooky
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Wednesday, February 27

12:00 pm Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) presents the Q Series (LINK)
This concert features a one-hour performance by the Principal Quartet and Woodwind Quintet and tickets include lunch catered by Holly's Gourmet Market.
Emporium Center (LINK) - 100 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $18 in advance/$20 at the door

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: University of Tennessee Percussion Ensemble
The UT Percussion Ensemble performs a concert of contemporary works for chamber ensemble, directed by Andrew Bliss.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Thursday, February 28

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Evan Burnett, drum set
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Pellissippi State Community College: Winter Choral Concert
Clayton Performing Arts Center - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Joint junior recital: Isabella Lee, piano and Zhen Zhang, piano
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Friday, March 1

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: Saxophone Chamber Music Recital
UT Saxophone Ensemble and student saxophone quartets
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

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

Saturday, March 2

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Natalie Gregg, flute
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Trillium Spring Concert
The Maryville College Division of Fine Arts will present Trillium, an ensemble of strings and piano. The concert is free and open to the public. The members of the trio are: Alison Maerker Garner, violin; Alicia Randisi-Hooker, cello and adjunct faculty at Maryville College; and Robert Bonham, piano and professor emeritus at Maryville College.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804

7:00 pm Knoxville Guitar Society presents An Tran
After winning the 1st prize of the Vietnam National Guitar Competition at the age of 12, internationally acclaimed guitarist An Tran has performed throughout North America and Asia. Deeply connected to his native country of Vietnam, An is bringing the traditional music of Vietnam to international concert stages.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan (LINK) - 425 N Cedar Bluff Rd, 37923
TICKETS: $20 adults, $5 students

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

Sunday, March 3

2:30 pm Knoxville Symphony Chamber Classics: Mozart and Tchaikovsky (LINK)
This performance led by Music Director Aram Demirjian feautres Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9, "Jeunehomme," performed by Chih-Lohn Hu, piano. It is surrounded by Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence."
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $12.50 and up (Students grades K-12 free with purchase of one adult ticket per Penny4Arts*)

4:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: Symphony Orchestra
Concertos and Classics concert, featuring the winners of the 2019 School of Music Concerto Competition.
James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building - 1408 Middle Drive, 37996

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.