Penny4Arts gives every child in Knox and surrounding counties an opportunity to attend arts and culture events/activities at the maximum cost of ONE PENNY (or FREE) when accompanied by an adult during the academic school year. Click here to read more information about how it works.

Events below are listed chronologically. Click here to view the ongoing/year-round events.

 

Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tennessee Valley Fair: Free Admission Day

Open to students outside of Knox County? NO
Advance reservations required? YES; a voucher is available for download here. Please present voucher at gate to take advantage of free child’s admission on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 only.

The Tennessee Valley Fair is one of the state’s largest multi-day events attracting nearly 140,000 people each year. Known for its innovative exhibits, livestock shows, concert series, action sports, exciting rides and a variety of unique fun foods, the Tennessee Valley Fair offers tremendous family entertainment. The Fair is also proud to present nightly fireworks.

Knox County students (K-12 grade) may download a voucher (PDF) for free admission by clicking here. Gates open at 10:00 AM and rides open at 4:00 PM. Free admission ends at 6:00 PM. Students may be required to show proof of Knox County residence. Fair dates are September 11-20, 2015.

Contact: Sarah Carson, 865-215-1471, e-mail
3301 East Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.tnvalleyfair.org/dates.php

 

Wednesday-Friday, September 16-18 and 23-25, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee: The 39 Steps
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 24 hours prior to each performance.

A hilarious, high-speed spoof of Alfred Hitchcock’s silver-screen classic! Follow handsome hero Richard Hannay from London to the Scottish Highlands and back as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. With more than 100 characters brought to life by four actors, this action-packed Tony award-winning comedy thriller is fun for everyone from ages 9 to 99! Contains gun shots, smoke and haze.

Visit the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts).

Contact: CBT Box office, 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Thursday-Friday, September 18-19, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – American Masters

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


The KSO will open its 80th season with music by American Masters George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. KSO Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum conducts the KSO in Chadwick’s Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches, Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Van Cliburn Competition Crystal Medalist Sean Chen joins the Orchestra for Gershwin’s Concerto in F. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Sunday, September 27, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Knoxville Zoo: Penguins and Pandas for a Penny

Open to students outside of Knox County? NO
Advance reservations required? NO

Children ages 12 and under living in Knox County will be admitted to the zoo for one penny with paying adult. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount. Valid September 27, 2015 only. Penny4Arts admission ends at 5:00 PM.

Contact: 865-637-5331, e-mail
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.knoxville-zoo.org

 

Sunday, September 27, 2:30 PM
Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble: Children in the Arts

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Children representing a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including classical and contemporary music, drama, and storytelling, will join the internationally acclaimed Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble in a one-hour performance designed to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

Adult tickets are $7.00, children’s/student tickets are just one penny! Tickets are available through TCDE in advance, or at the gate on the day of the performance.

Contact: Irena Linn, 865-584-9636, e-mail
Amphitheatre at the World’s Fair Site, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.tcdedance.org

 

Sunday, September 27, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics – Chavez & Schubert

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert

Led by Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum, the Chamber Orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Hebrides and Weber’s Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, featuring Victor Chavez, who is an Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee. The program will conclude with Schubert’s Symphony No. 2. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Monday, September 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Muse Knoxville: Play and Learn at The Muse!

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

The Muse Knoxville is a children’s science museum located in Chilhowee Park. On September 28, for the Knox County in-service day, we will be open for extended hours and will offer a Special Family Lab activity called ‘Think. Play. Create.’ (additional $2 fee; suitable for children ages 5 and up). We are offering $.01 admission for children with paid adult admission.

Contact: Bicki Rudd, 865-594-1494, e-mail
516 N. Beaman Street (within Chilhowee Park next to Knoxville Zoo), Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.themuseknoxville.org

 

Through September 30
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Time-Out Camps

 

Attention camps, day cares & recreation centers - bring your kids to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame this summer! Your group will receive a guided tour, organized games, and free play. We also offer optional add-ons for pizza, a movie and popcorn! Give your staff a Time-Out while the kids have fun at the WBHOF!

Youth - $5, add-on pizza party - $4; add-on movie & popcorn - $2. Minimum of 10 participants.

Contact: Margo Pressley, 865-633-9000, e-mail
700 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37915 | www.wbhof.com

 

October 7-9 and 14-16, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee: Of Mice and Men
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 24 hours prior to each performance.

“John Steinbeck’s adventure paints an inspirational portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.” American Theatre Wing This classic follows two migrant workers during the 1930s dustbowl depression who drift from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their friendship and dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.

Visit the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts).

Contact: CBT Box office, 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
At the Carousel Theatre, 1710 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Sunday, October 11, 1:30-5:00 PM
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture: Can You Dig It? National Archaeology & Fossil Day

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO


In celebration of International Archaeology Day and National Fossil Day, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Tennessee, and the Archaeological Institute of America, East Tennessee Society, are hosting this event for families and the public. A number of activities for children, including games, demonstrations, and take home crafts related to archaeology and fossils will be available. Visitors can also bring artifacts, rocks, and fossils for identification by experts. Archaeologists, paleontologists, and geologists will be on hand to talk with visitors about their work, and present displays about their research around the world. All activities are free and open to the public.

Contact: Debbie Woodiel, 865-974-2144, e-mail
1327 Circle Park Drive on the UT campus, Knoxville | http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu

 

Sunday, October 11, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Opera: Boito’s Mefistofele
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? RECOMMENDED

A Theatrical Spectacular with Special Effects and 200 Performers! The timeless story of Faust who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for youth and love! Performed in Italian with projected English translations. Opera preview hosted by Maestro Salesky begins 45 minutes prior to each performance.

An additional show time (not eligible for Penny discounts) is Friday, October 9, at 8:00 PM.

Contact: Sarah Fitch, 865-524-0795 x25, e-mail
Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.KnoxvilleOpera.com

 

Saturday, October 17, 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 18, 3:00 PM
GO! Contemporary Dance Works: PUSH
   

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

GO! is known for daring athleticism that appeals to audience members of all ages.

Contact: Lynn Banks, 865-539-2475, e-mail
At the Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.gocontemporarydance.com

 

Thursday-Friday, October 22-23, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Pines of Rome

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


The October Masterworks concert, conducted by Marcelo Lehninger, will open with Shostakovich’s famous Symphony No. 1 followed by Ravel’s Tzigane, which features KSO Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz. Also on the program is an orchestration of Debussy’s Two Preludes and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Sunday, October 25, 4:00-6:00 PM
Artistic Spectrum: Painting Pumpkins in the Park

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Sensory-friendly event for children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Bring your own pumpkin; paints will be provided.

Contact: Veronica Cordell, 865-816-9716, e-mail
At the Cove Park Pavillion, 11808 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922 | www.artisticspectrum.org, www.autismsiteknoxville.org

 

Sunday, November 1, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics – Mozart & More

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert

The Chamber Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Serenade K. 525, known as “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.” The program continues with Wagner’s Seigfried Idyll and will conclude with two Mozart pieces, Serenade No. 12 and Symphony No. 35, “Haffner.” More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

November 12-14, 19-21 at 8:00 PM and November 15 & 22 at 3:00 PM
Tennessee Stage Company: The Timeless Works Series presents My Three Angels

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

In a prison colony in French Guiana where the temperature on Christmas Eve may drop to a gracious 104 degrees, a small French family running a not terribly successful general store has a bleak holiday to look forward to. The Father’s Scrooge-like cousin is coming to audit the books, which won’t look good because the Father is too kind hearted to be a hardnosed business man. To make matters worse, the Daughter is in love with the Cousin’s son, but the Cousin has an heiress in mind for a daughter-in-law, not a poor relation. The family’s salvation arrives in the strangest angels imaginable: three convicts, working on the roof of their store. All three have warm hearts and are passionate believers – in their own way - in true justice. Possessing every criminal art and penal grace, they set matters right, and in so doing redeem themselves as real life angels to the grateful family.

Tickets may be purchased through our online booking system at http://tennesseestage.com/home/events, by phone at (865) 546-4280, or at the door the night of the show.

Contact: Tom Parkhill, 865-546-4280, e-mail
Historic Southern Railway Station, 300 West Depot Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917 | www.tennesseestage.com

 

Thursday-Friday, November 19-20, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


November’s concert opens with a satirical folk song, Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, known as “Naughty Limericks”. Guest conductor Shizuo Kuwahara will conduct the orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Stewart Goodyear. Concluding the program is Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Saturday, November 21, 7:30 PM and Sunday, November 22, 2:00 PM
Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

ORCBA’s annual performance of Tschaikovsky’s The Nutcracker features all your favorite characters come to life! Clara, Fritz, the Nutcracker Prince, and Sugar Plum Fairy all await to delight and enchant you. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.

Contact: Wendie Aurin, 865-567-6092, e-mail
Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 | www.orcba.org

 

Sunday, November 29, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics – Classical Christmas

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert

This festive Chamber concert includes holiday highlights such as Mozart’s arrangement of Sleigh Ride, Greensleeves, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and many recognizable carols. This concert will feature the Chamber Orchestra and Knoxville Chamber Chorale, conducted by KSO Resident conductor James Fellenbaum. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

December 2-4, 8-11, and 17-18, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee: A Christmas Carol
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 24 hours prior to each performance.

“Don’t miss this one….it’d be like celebrating the season without a Christmas tree or carols or gifts!” Knoxville News Sentinel Whether you are continuing your annual family tradition or beginning a new one…join us as we tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly businessman who needs the intervention of a few spectral guides to show him the true meaning of Christmas. Featuring beautiful live music, wonderful costumes, and exciting stage effects, Dickens’ tale of hope and redemption reminds us all what’s really worth celebrating.

Visit the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts).

Contact: CBT Box office, 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

December 10 & 17, 7:30 PM and December 11 & 18, 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee: The Santaland Diaries
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 24 hours prior to each performance.

An unemployed, chemically dependent writer takes a job as a “helper elf” at Macy’s Santaland. Hear his tale of drunken Santas, screaming kids, and the un-wonderful insanity of the holidays. Sedaris’ cutting, sardonic wit is on full display in this one man show that is crazy funny! For mature elves only.

Visit the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts).

Contact: CBT Box office, 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
At the Carousel Theatre, 1710 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Thursday, December 17, 8:00 PM and Friday-Saturday, December 18-19, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
Circle Modern Dance: Modern Dance Primitive Light

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

For over 20 years Circle Modern Dance has been delighting Knoxville audiences with its winter season show, Modern Dance Primitive Light. With several original dance and music pieces Circle performers present a range of themes from comedic rib-poking to observational honesty, all of them refreshingly unique.

In the warm glow of the Historic Laurel Theater, audiences enjoy the live music and watch the assortment of dancers fill the theater.  Don't be surprised to recognize a school teacher, waitress or a friendly face you have seen around town. Local dancers, choreographers and musicians collaborate for months to make these nights a beacon of light in the cold dark winter. Each year the cast strives to create an opportunity for inspiration, growth, connection and awareness for both the audience and the performers.

Contact: 865-524-7615, e-mail
Historic Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37916 | www.circlemoderndance.com

 

Thursday-Saturday, January 7-9, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: Ball at the Hall

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Up to four children will receive free admission per paying adult.

Contact: Margo Pressley, 865-633-9000, e-mail
700 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville, TN 37915 | www.wbhof.com

 

Sunday, January 10, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics – Principal Quartet

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert

The KSO Principal Quartet will perform the following musical selections: Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C minor; Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2 in F; and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Thursday-Friday, January 21-22, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Beethoven & Bruch

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


January’s concerts will be conducted by Aram Demirjian with special guest artist Philippe Quint, violin. This concert opens with Adams’ Lollapalooza, followed by Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto. The Orchestra will be joined by Philippe Quint for Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and the program will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

February 17-19 and 24-26, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee: Titus Andronicus
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 24 hours prior to each performance.

Is revenge justice? A victorious general returns home, having already lost many sons in the war, only to find political chaos and the emperor marrying his enemy. This sets into motion a cycle of violent and bloody revenge in which the general and his foe lose more than either one could ever imagine.

Visit the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts).

Contact: CBT Box office, 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Thursday-Friday, February 18-19, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


In February, the Orchestra will be led by conductor Eckart Preu and joined by pianist Alon Goldstein for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20. Other pieces include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, and selections from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Sunday, February 28, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Opera: Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? RECOMMENDED

A Delicious Gingerbread House… A Magical Forest… The beloved tale of two children whose goodness and faith triumph over an evil witch! Performed in English. Opera preview hosted by Maestro Salesky begins 45 minutes prior to each performance. All children are invited to take photos with the cast on the set after the final curtain at both performances!

An additional show time (not eligible for Penny discounts) is Friday, February 26, at 7:30 PM.

Contact: Sarah Fitch, 865-524-0795 x25, e-mail
Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.KnoxvilleOpera.com

 

March 2-4 and 9-11, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee: A Lesson Before Dying
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 24 hours prior to each performance.

“The story’s wrenching power lies not in its outrage but in the almost inexplicable grace the characters must muster as their only resistance to being treated like lesser beings.” The New Yorker It’s 1948 in a small plantation community in the heart of Cajun country. A young man, jailed for a murder he did not commit, will soon lose his life and has lost his self-respect. A young teacher, with most of his life ahead of him, has lost respect for the situation in which he lives. Both men teach each other the lessons they need to face their very different futures with dignity and strength.

Visit the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts).

Contact: CBT Box office, 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
At the Carousel Theatre, 1710 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Thursday-Friday, March 17-18, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Pictures at an Exhibition

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


March presents a dance-like and whimsical program beginning with John Adams’ The Chairman Dances or “Foxtrot for Orchestra.” The program also includes Barber’s Violin Concerto, Op. 14 featuring a return performance by Elena Urioste and concludes with Maurice Ravel’s arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a suite in 10 parts composed in memory of Mussorgsky’s friend and fellow artist Viktor Hartmann. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Thursday-Friday, April 14-15, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Dvořák Cello Concerto

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


In April the KSO welcomes guest conductor Steven Jarvi to conduct Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko, followed by Dvořák’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra featuring cellist Susie Yang. The program concludes with English composer Edward Elgar’s well-known Enigma Variations. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

Sunday, April 24, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Classics – Lefkowitz plays Mozart

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert

April’s Chamber Classics concert includes Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major featuring KSO Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz. The program concludes with Dvořák’s Serenade in E Major, a piece that evokes the old-world atmosphere of the musical performances on the castles of the late Baroque period. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

April 27-29 and May 4-6, 7:30 PM
Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee: South Pacific
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 24 hours prior to each performance.

“A majestic spectacle.” The New Yorker

From the haunting “Bali Ha’i” to the exquisite “Some Enchanted Evening,” this Rodgers & Hammerstein classic features some of the most beautiful music ever composed for the theatre. The Pulitzer Prize and 10-time Tony Award winner is set on a tropical island during World War II and tells the romantic tale of how the happiness of two couples is threatened by the realities of war and prejudice.

Visit the website for additional showtimes (not eligible for Penny discounts).

Contact: CBT Box office, 865-974-5161 (Mon-Fri 12-5), e-mail
Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue on the UT Campus, Knoxville | www.clarencebrowntheatre.com

 

Thursday-Friday, May 12-13, 7:30 PM
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra: Moxley Carmichael Masterworks Series – Ride of the Valkyries

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES - 5:00 PM on the Wednesday before the concert


The KSO’s 80th season concludes with one of Richard Wagner’s best known works, Ride of the Valkyries. James Fellenbaum conducts the orchestra in Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, followed by the Tennessee premiere of a new Christopher Theofandis piece. The KSO joined the New Music for American consortium of American orchestras to commission this work. The program concludes with highlights from Wagner’s The Ring. More info here.

Call the KSO Box Office to charge by phone, or come to the Box Office at the Emporium, 100 S. Gay Street, Suite 302, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Mon-Fri 9-5). Students must be age Kindergarten through grade 12. This offer is not available through web sales or for walk up sales at the venue the afternoon or evening of the concert.

Contact: KSO Box Office, 865-291-3310, Option 4, e-mail
At the Historic Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvillesymphony.com

 

 

ONGOING: First Tuesday of every month, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Blount Mansion Association: Tours of the Blount Mansion

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Come join us at the top of each hour as we take you back into the founding of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee through a tour of the Governor's house, office, and kitchen as well as the Hopkins Parker Garden. Walk-ins, call ahead, and reservations welcome. Last tour at 4:00 PM.

Contact: Jessica Duggan, 865-525-2375, e-mail
200 W. Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.blountmansion.org

 

ONGOING: Wednesday-Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (last tour at 3:00 PM); Saturday 10:00 AM - noon
(Closed December, January, and February)
Crescent Bend House and Gardens: Free Museum Admission

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast’s finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 600 acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville.

The Armstrong-Lockett House Museum at Crescent Bend contains an extensive fine antique art and furniture collection from notable artisans like Michael Allison, Honore Launnier, Benjamin Frothingham, Samuel McIntire, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. Also on display is an outstanding American and English Silver collection dating back to the 16th century with eminent silversmiths like Paul de Lamerie, Paul Storr, and seven women silversmiths that includes the works of Elizabeth Godfrey and Hester Bateman. Visitors will be able to discover the mystery behind the hidden trap door of this historic home and hear the tale of how the Jean Zuber wallpaper made its’ travels to Crescent Bend by the way of a United States President and a Pirate.

The William P. Toms Memorial Garden at Crescent Bend is a three-acre formal Italian terraced pleasure garden that overlooks the Tennessee River. Visitors can stroll among the nine terraced gardens of Japanese Maples, Roses, Conifers, Perennials and thousands of colorful blooming annuals that are set to the backdrop of the dancing waters from five large fountains.  Penny Performances students may enjoy a tour of Crescent Bend for free with paid adult admission..

Contact: Judy McMillan, 865-637-3163, e-mail
2728 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 | www.crescentbend.com

 

ONGOING: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
East Tennessee Historical Society: Free Museum Admission
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History for one parent accompanying a participating child. Enjoy compelling stories, interesting artifacts, and colorful characters in the nationally recognized exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, as well as regularly changing exhibits. Explore your own history and heritage in the premiere regional genealogy research library and the Knox County Archives. Browse the Museum Shop for gifts, books, and souvenirs.

Contact: 865-215-8824, e-mail
601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.eastTNhistory.org

 

ONGOING: Saturdays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Historic Ramsey House: Tours

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES - Jefferson and Sevier
Advance reservations required? RECOMMENDED

Ramsey House was built in 1797 by Knoxville's first builder, Thomas Hope, for Francis Alexander Ramsey.  The structure is significant for original interior and exterior architectural features and its period decorative art collection. The Ramsey Family was one of the first families to settle the Knoxville area. They played vital roles in developing civic, educational and cultural institutions. The last tour is given at 3:00 PM.

Saturdays may be excluded due to special events or private events. Please call in advance!

Contact: 865-546-0745, e-mail
2614 Thorn Grove Pike, Knoxville, TN 37914 | www.ramseyhouse.org

 

ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
James White’s Fort: Tour the Fort
 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

Visit James White's Fort to experience what life was like in East Tennessee more than 200 years ago! James White’s Fort is the home of James White who settled in Knoxville with a 1,000-acre land grant from the state of North Carolina. 2016 marks the 225th anniversary of the beginning of the City of Knoxville! Includes White’s first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period.

Penny Performance students may enjoy a self-guided tour of the Fort for free with paid Adult admission. No groups.

Contact: 865-525-6514, e-mail
205 East Hill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37915 | www.jameswhitesfort.org

 

ONGOING: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM
Knoxville Museum of Art: Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee; Currents: Recent Art from East Tennessee and Beyond; and the Cycle of Life.

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Overview of the art and artists from East Tennessee and beyond. To schedule a tour please call the museum Monday through Friday at least three weeks in advance. Admission is FREE; one adult chaperone is required for every 15 students. The maximum number for each tour is 60, and larger groups will require two tour times. Last tour at 3:30 PM.

Contact: Kate Faulkner, 865-525-6101 x246, e-mail
1050 World's Fair Park, Knoxville, TN 37916 | www.knoxart.org

 

ONGOING: Monday-Friday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, or by appointment
The Mabry-Hazen House: Guided Tours

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES

Guided tours are given of the Mabry-Hazen House and Bethel Civil War Cemetery. These tours give an in-depth perspective into the lives of the families who occupied these homes and also detail the importance of these historical sites.

Contact: Calvin Chappelle, 865-522-8661, e-mail
Mabry-Hazen House: 1711 Dandridge Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
Bethel Cemetery: 1917 Bethel Ave, Knoxville, TN 37915
www.mabryhazen.com

 

ONGOING: Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM (last tour at 4:00 PM)
Marble Springs State Historic Site: Guided Tours

Marble Springs

 

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? NO

John Sevier was elected Tennessee’s first governor in 1796. His property at Marble Springs in South Knox County was a working farm and a weekend retreat until 1800 when he resided at the farm till his death in 1815. Today, Marble Springs consists of Sevier’s cabin, a tavern, loom house, smoke house, and trading post. Tours are provided for students for FREE (with a paying adult) every Saturday and Sunday (except during special events and holidays). Gates close at 5:00 PM; Tours start at the top of the hour; the last tour starts at 4:00 PM. How to obtain admission: Upon entry to the historic site, visitors should approach the Trading Post Gift Shop. This building is the closest to the parking lot and has an information sign on the outside wall. A tour guide will be available unless otherwise posted (work is often conducted in our on-site offices), in which case, please call 865-573-5508 and a tour guide will be with you shortly. Please mention Penny4Arts to receive this deal.

Contact: Anna Chappelle, 865-573-5508, e-mail
1220 W. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920 | www.marblesprings.net

 

ONGOING: Monday-Saturday, 12:00-1:00 PM
WDVX-FM Radio: WDVX Blue Plate Special
WDVX  

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? For studio tour only.

Free live music show and live radio broadcast. WDVX offers station tours with a reservation (please call), and groups can reserve seating at the Blue Plate Special through Visit Knoxville or WDVX. The Blue Plate Special is broadcast on the radio at 89.9 FM, 93.9 FM and 102.9 and online at www.wdvx.com.

Contact: 865-544-1029, e-mail
Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.wdvx.com

 


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ORGANIZATIONAL LINKS

Artistic Spectrum

Bijou Theatre

Blount Mansion Association

Circle Modern Dance

Clarence Brown Theatre

Crescent Bend House & Gardens

East Tennessee Historical Society

Go! Contemporary Dance Works

Historic Ramsey House

James White's Fort

Jubilee Community Arts

Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Opera

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Knoxville Zoo

Mabry-Hazen House

Marble Springs State Historic Site

McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

The Muse Knoxville

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association

Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble

Tennessee Stage Company

Tennessee Valley Fair

WDVX

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

     
     

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