|KNOX COUNTY PROFILE|
Arts, Culture and Music:
Knoxville is home to a thriving arts and culture community including an opera company, symphony orchestra, choral groups, dance companies. Eleven performance theatres, including the renovated Tennessee and Bijou Theaters, also promote the arts. Live entertainment includes touring Broadway productions, ice shows, concerts, and circuses, while the area’s libraries, historic sites, and museums celebrate Knoxville’s heritage:
- Outstanding classical music offerings are presented by two professional orchestras, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Opera Company, which offers thrilling performances as well as its annual Rossini Festival, celebrating the fun and excitement of opera and Italian culture.
- Popular music in every genre from country to pop is woven into the fabric of life, with live performances available at clubs, theaters and festivals throughout the region.
- Critically acclaimed theatrical performances are given at The University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre and the Oak Ridge Playhouse, one of the oldest community theaters in the Southeast.
- Professional ballet performance are offered by the internationally-recognized Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble and the Appalachian Ballet Company.
- The area is home to WDVX radio station, a regional music station that has won wide recognition for its programming in bluegrass, Americana, alternative country and old-time mountain music. It was named Bluegrass Station of the Year three times by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music. WDVX hosts a live radio broadcast weekdays called “The Blue Plate Special” where nationally-known artists (Bela Fleck, Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs among them) and local greats perform for free.
- The Dogwood Arts Festival has been helping East Tennesseans usher in the spring for nearly 50 years. It’s a celebration of the region’s natural beauty that also showcases the work of performing and visual artists.
- The Knoxville Museum of Art has both permanent and rotating collections emphasizing emerging artists, regional artists and fine crafts.
- The Museum of Appalachia is a living history presentation of pioneer and mountain life in the Southern Appalachians.