Calendar of Events

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Merchant & Gould Concertmaster Series: The Late Genius: Beethoven’s Final Days

Category: Music

Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Knoxville Museum of Art

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor
ALEXANDRA BRYANT TAVANI: Selections from “The Open” for Violin and Piano
GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL: Passacaglia for 2 Violins (arr. JOHAN HALVORSEN, second violin arr. JASCHA HEIFETZ)
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 12

Beethoven’s “Late Quartets” are legendary pieces that inspired countless composers and artists alike since their composition. They are also the most challenging string quartets ever written, performed almost exclusively by touring professional String Quartets who may “live” with them side by side over time. Yet here in Knoxville, we so rarely hear them performed: something I cannot accept! Together with my colleagues in the KSO, I am thrilled to perform the String Quartet No. 12, op. 127. A heavenly piece that has moments of fantasy, high romanticism, and even a touch of ballet, this piece was innovative from the day it was written and remains “forever modern,” to borrow from Igor Stravinsky’s famous commentary on the Late Quartets. Beethoven’s ground-breaking spirit always inspires me to program his music alongside an extraordinarily talented composer of today; and preceding the string quartet, Kevin Class and I will perform Alexandra T. Bryant’s “The Open” for Violin and Piano. Bryant’s composition vividly illustrates scenes from everyday life that we see in nature, with high fantasy taking a back seat to the most beautiful images of real life, from “the cool breeze across the lake” to “we stepped out onto our new lawn.” – William Shaub

William Shaub, violin
Kevin Class, piano
865-291-3310 or

The Mill & Mine: The Winery Dogs

  • April 5, 2023

Category: Music


The Winery Dogs are coming to Knoxville! Inspired by '70s classic rock as well as the outputs of their prior projects like Poison, Mr. Big, and Dream Theater, this group is one you won't wanna miss. With millions of plays on Spotify and four albums, we can guarantee it will be a night of unforgettable rock at The Mill & Mine!

The Mill & Mine, 227 W. Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Tickets/information: 865-343-6000 or

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center: 10th Birthday Party

  • April 5, 2023

Category: Festivals, special events, Free event and Meetup

Celebrate 10 Years With Us! Wednesday, April 5th we are having a birthday celebration at KEC!

We are so excited to invite you to celebrate 10 years of changing lives through entrepreneurship in Knoxville! KEC is 10 years old! Swing by to say hello after work, or stay for the whole evening. Drinks will be provided, as well as some light snacks from Real Good Kitchen Catering. We also celebrate with an incredible cake from Porch Cat Cakes! There will be a photobooth and guests are encouraged to wear any KEC shirts they have from the past 10 years. Doors open at 5pm. We will pass the mic for story sharing at 5:45 and cut the cake at 6:15. Come share your KEC story, reconnect with friends, and celebrate 10 years with us!

Knoxville Entrepreneur Center 17 Market Square Southwest #101 Knoxville, TN 37902

West High School Company West: 12th Ten Minute Play Festival

  • April 5, 2023

Category: Kids, family, Science, nature and Theatre

Company West is thrilled to bring its 12th annual Ten Minute Play Festival back to Ijams for the second year in a row. The evening of April 5 is guaranteed to make you think, make you laugh, and pull you into an emotional journey with the actors, directors, and writers! Pieces range from 1-10 minutes, so you'll experience a range of theatre! From excerpts of classics, to new material written by student playwrights, Spring Shorts is most definitely worth coming out for. May we never take LIVE THEATRE for granted again!

This event is one night only. Doors open at 5:30 pm, performance begins at 6:30 pm. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Children 5 and under are free

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Art Market Gallery: Nifty Fifty art sale

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

A collection of beautiful and affordable original artwork in a variety of art mediums priced from $10 to $50 will be on display and available for purchase!

Art Market Gallery, 422 S. Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902. Hours: Tu-Sa 11-6, Su 1-6. Information: 865-525-5265,,

Dogwood Arts: Epiphone Student Guitar Auction

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fundraisers, Kids, family and Virtual

Dogwood Arts and the Songbirds Foundation are proud to announce the 2023 Epiphone Guitar Design Contest. The contest is open to all high school and middle school students living in East Tennessee. Several guitar designs created by youth artists will be selected for implementation and exhibition. The art guitars will be displayed at the Dogwood Arts Gallery in Knoxville and at the Songbirds Guitar Museum, a one-of-a-kind guitar museum located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The guitars will be auctioned to benefit Dogwood Arts’ youth art programs & the Songbirds Foundation’s Guitars for Kids initiative.

Winning designers will each receive $50 for art supplies and complimentary tickets to Southern Skies Music Festival (May 20-21, 2023); additional cash prizes will be awarded to select artists at the exhibition reception.

The online auction will be live from April 3 - May 26, 2023
Guitars will be displayed at the Songbirds Guitar Museum (Chattanooga) during the month of April 2023.
Guitars will be displayed in the Dogwood Arts Gallery (Knoxville) during the month of May 2023
An exhibition reception and awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 5th at the Dogwood Arts Gallery from 5-8PM (Awards at 6PM)
Select guitars will also be on display at the Southern Skies Music Festival (May 20-21, 2023)

Dogwood Arts, 123 W. Jackson Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-637-4561,

Ijams Hallway Gallery: Leesa Osburn

  • April 1, 2023 — April 30, 2023

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Free event, Kids, family and Science, nature

This show will be framed and gallery wrapped canvases in water based oils. Featured will be a collection of local Tennessee wildlife. Leesa has lived in East Tennessee for three years, a retiree from the Western states. She lives North of Knoxville with husband and two rescue dogs.

Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920. Visitor Center open daily 10-6; grounds and trails open daily from 8 AM - dusk. Information: 865-577-4717,

Knoxville Watercolor Society: Spring Show

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

At the Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Rd, Knoxville
Gallery hours: Tue-Thu 10-4.

Reception on Sun Apr 2, 2-4 PM

In 1963 a group of Knoxville artists was invited by the late Kermit (Buck) Ewing, Head of the University of TN Art Department, to participate in an exhibition of watercolor paintings at the University’s McClung Museum. During the opening reception Mr. Ewing noted the Knoxville area did not have an organization for artists to share the common interest of painting in aqueous media. He suggested that those artists exhibiting in the McClung show could be the nucleus for such an association. Thus, was the formation of the Knoxville Watercolor Society with Laura Bagwell serving as the first President.

The purpose of this organization is to educate the members as well as the community to the understanding of watercolor as a significant art form. Active membership is juried by the members and consists of Knoxville area artists who are currently active in the serious pursuit of aqueous painting. Annually, the organization provides a scholarship for the University of Tennessee student who is majoring in watercolor painting, donates to the University Ewing Gallery and maintains a membership in the Arts and Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. Additionally, grants have been made to the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville, the Knoxville Museum of Art, The Tennessee Resource Center, The Tennessee Art Association High School Scholarship Program.

Knoxville Children's Theatre: The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs

Category: Comedy, Kids, family and Theatre

Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with the Clayton Foundation will present a live production of "The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs.” This comedy features three classic fairy tales; The Three Little Pigs, The three Billy Goats Gruff, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The play will be performed Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM, and Sundays at 3 PM.

These three classic fairy tales begin in their usual “once upon a time” fashion; however, this time things change on the way to “happily ever after” as the pigs wonder what life would be like if the wolf were not always at their door, the billy goats gruff decide they can’t face another trip-trap over the troll’s bridge, and Papa Bear has had enough of the meddlesome little Goldilocks! Assisted by The Voice (struggling to narrate the changing stories) and three Stagehands (desperately trying to juggle sets to keep the stories straight), the three trios join forces to rewrite their stories, ridding themselves of their respective villains by exchanging them. A great comedy for families and children of all ages.

The play is performed by 17 talented young actors and 15 talented young designers and crew from ages 9 to 18. The show is directed by student intern director Alex Montgomery who is making his directorial debut with this production.

Knoxville Children's Theatre, 109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917. Information: 865-208-3677,

Ewing Gallery: MFA Thesis Exhibitions - Delany Bal, Danqi Cai, Hanna Seggerman

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Opening Reception: Monday, April 3, 5:00-7:30pm
Free and open to the public

In partial fulfillment of their graduation requirements, students pursuing the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree are required to mount a solo exhibition of work, and to defend their work during an oral examination in front of a faculty committee. Due to the number of graduate students enrolled in the UT School of Art, these exhibitions generally take the form of small groups of students presenting concurrent solo exhibitions in the gallery space.

Delany Bal
Nocturne is an amalgamation of memory and image; an internal landscape negotiated into physical form. It is painted in wood, metal, light and shadow, and adorned with metaphors of reality.

Danqi Cai
heavens have one sun; mortals have one way 天无二日,人无二理is a multimedia installation that reminds the viewer we all see from a perspective where some things are visible while others are invisible. It employs handmade papers and animations to remix ancient Chinese characters, appropriated instructional materials, and diagrammatic family portraits. Through this work, I re-enroll myself in my past education to re-consider and re-create what I learned as a child.

Hanna Seggerman
Attention and Being seeks to visually record the phenomena of human experience and prompts the following actions: to think, to care, to consider, to exist, and to be. The steel sculpture, free-motion quilted textiles and their corresponding prints are derived from the careful extraction and abstraction of information found within the many contours that both separate and connect the earth, the sky and the recognizable, tangible objects and figures that all exist within the four corners of a single photograph.
Instagram handle: @hannaseggermanart
Instagram link:

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Wed and Fri 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-7:30pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm*
Closed Friday April 7 and Sunday April 9 for Spring Recess

Art and Architecture Building, Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996 or 865-974-3200

Ewing Gallery: Attention and Being by Hanna Grace Seggerman

Category: Exhibitions, visual art, Fine Crafts and Free event

Opening Reception: Monday, April 3, 5:00-7:30pm
Free and open to the public

Attention and Being
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Hanna Grace Seggerman
Instagram handle: @hannaseggermanart
Instagram link:

Gallery Hours:
Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-7:30pm
Friday 10am-5pm*
Sunday 1pm-4pm*
Closed Friday April 7 and Sunday April 9 for Spring Recess

Art and Architecture Building, Ewing Gallery of Art + Architecture
1715 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996 or 865-974-3200

Oak Ridge Art Center: Carl Gombert: Big Heads and The Real Me

Category: Exhibitions, visual art and Free event

Both exhibitions feature beautifully rendered, larger than life portraits. The Real Me, has a real twist. The concept is fascinating and a real eye-opener. Come join us for the opening reception on March 25 from 7 to 9 PM to meet Mr. Gombert, or any day during the exhibition. A gallery talk will precede the opening at 6:30 PM.

At Oak Ridge Art Center, 201 Badger Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Hours: Tu-F 9-5, Sa-M 1-4. Information: 865-482-1441,

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