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.


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.

For high school ages and up.

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

 

Saturday, February 27, 7:30 PM
Clayton Center for the Arts: Aquila Theatre presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"

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

The legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes the stage in this witty, fast paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London's most intriguing cases with his split second deductions revealing intimate and useful details of a person's life. Sherlock Holmes is a master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician- is there anything he can't do? Sherlock Holmes remains the definitive and most famous detective in world literature.

The Aquila Theatre brings its energetic and physical style to this new adaptation. With actors drawn from the top British and American stages, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride. Aquila Theatre endeavors to create bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences that free the spirit of the original work and recreate the excitement of the live performance. Aquila Theatre's mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number.

Contact: Box Office, 865-981-8590, e-mail
Clayton Center for the Arts, on the campus of Maryville College, 502 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN | www.claytonartscenter.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

 

Saturday, March 12, 7:30 PM
Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: American Salute
 

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

Presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. ORCMA is pleased to present a joint concert featuring the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Ridge Chorus, and special guests, Sound Company Children’s Choir. This family friendly concert will feature song and dance from the members of Sound Company, performing excerpts of music from American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. The American Salute will conclude with Dvorak’s popular Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”, based on African-American and Native American melodies. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Admission is always free for students age 18 and under.

Contact: Rachel Perkins, 865-483-5569, e-mail
Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, 37830 | www.orcma.org

 

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

 

Saturday, April 16, 7:30 PM
Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: Beethoven 9!
 

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

The Oak Ridge Civic Music Association presents a grand season finale, featuring the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Oak Ridge Chorus in a special performance of Beethoven’s triumphant and monumental Symphony No 9.  The Symphony and Chorus will be joined by Pellissippi State Chorus, South Doyle High School Choir, Swiss Youth Choir “Stimmwerkbande”, and Sound Company for this exciting performance! Tickets may be purchased at the door. Admission is always free for students age 18 and under.

Contact: Rachel Perkins, 865-483-5569, e-mail
Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, 37830 | www.orcma.org

 

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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Bijou Theatre

Blount Mansion Association

Circle Modern Dance

Clarence Brown Theatre

Clayton Center for the Arts

Crescent Bend House & Gardens

East Tennessee Historical Society

Foothills Craft Guild

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

Museum of Appalachia

Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association

Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble

Tennessee Stage Company

Tennessee Valley Fair

WDVX

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

     
     

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