Waynestock 2020: great music, loving support

Betsy PickleOur Town Arts

The Knoxville music community is a loving, supportive group.
Shortly after the sudden death of local musician Andrew Bledsoe, son of then-News Sentinel music writer (and my dear friend) Wayne Bledsoe, …

UT Opera’s ‘Carmen’ a smoking success

Harold DuckettOur Town Arts

If it weren’t for Native Americans, Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” the world’s second most popular opera – a whopping 698 performances in the 2017-2018 season (Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” was No. …

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 …