Music must have a soul

Harold DuckettOur Town Arts

I’ve never liked the word “dialogue” used as a verb referring to the act of having a conversation. Too much like a script. Too predictable. Too calculated. Maybe a dryness …

Opera on the verge

Harold DuckettOur Town Arts

Could it be possible for Knoxville to have its own contemporary opera festival, say along the lines of Big Ears, the internationally known contemporary music festival created by Knoxville’s own …

Hot Jazz at the Bijou

Harold DuckettOur Town Arts

A student evaluated UT course MUC0125 taught by Vance Thompson, director of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. It read: “8 Quizzes that are Tests – 10 percent of your grade each …

New director for Dogwood Arts

Sandra ClarkOur Town Arts

Sherry Jenkins is the new executive director of Dogwood Arts. The announcement came Tuesday from Shanna Browning, president of the Dogwood Arts board of directors.
Jenkins has served on the Dogwood …

Jazz times two this week

Harold DuckettOur Town Arts

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra takes the stages downtown twice this week.
Tonight at the Bijou Theatre, the KJO is joined by John Beasley for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of …

Chamber Orchestra has fun at opening concert

Harold DuckettOur Town Arts

Baritone Scott Bearden, who has sung in several Knoxville Opera productions, earned a well-deserved “Bravo!” for his multiple-characters role, performed as the chansonnier, in H. K. Gruber’s 1977 “Frankenstein!! A …