Category Archives: The Arts

Pellissippi State, WordPlayers present ‘Junie B.’ holiday production

Elf legs with presents below

Pellissippi State Community College and The WordPlayers will present “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” Dec. 13-14, in a theatre production that promises fun for the whole family.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. All performances take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for youth ages 12-17, and $5 for children under 12. Order tickets by visiting www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

Written by Allison Gregory and based on the extremely popular “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park, this fast-paced play is filled with over-the-top characters, witty dialogue, and hilarious situations.

“Junie B. will learn to cope with her challenged holiday spirit, will struggle to find the right gift and will brighten your holiday spirits,” said Charles R. Miller, Theatre program coordinator.

“Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The WordPlayers is a 501(c)3 company of Christian theatre artists based in Knoxville. For more information about the troupe, visit www.wordplayers.org.

For more about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Popular Holiday Spectacular launches complimentary tickets to ensure seating

Group of ballerinas in white tutus
The popular Holiday Spectacular at Pellissippi State Community College features the talents of more than 140 Pellissippi State students and faculty in eight different musical ensembles, as well as other performers, such as these ballerinas from Holiday Spectacular 2012.

Enjoy holiday cheer and entertain your hopes for a white Christmas at Pellissippi State Community College’s hugely popular Holiday Spectacular musical concert, offered in two performances, 6 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5.

Part of Pellissippi State’s Music Concert Series, the Holiday Spectacular is free and the community is encouraged to attend.

Because space is limited, the college is asking that guests arrive 30 minutes before each performance to receive a complimentary ticket. Tickets will be issued at the door to the first 485 guests, and having a ticket guarantees a seat.

The Holiday Spectacular, centered this year around the hopes of many East Tennesseans for a white Christmas, takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. The concert features the talents of more than 140 Pellissippi State students and faculty in eight different musical ensembles.

“The choirs and instrumental ensembles will offer traditional holiday music coupled with some beautiful contemporary settings,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator.

“Besides the festive sounds of the season, the audience will experience a visual spectacle of lights and multimedia, along with graceful holiday dancers. Every audience member will leave the show with a taste of holiday cheer.”

The Music Concert Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

While all events in the series are free, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund.

For additional information about the Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State presents Nov. 7 Instrumental Concert

Pellissippi State Community College’s Music Concert Series continues Thursday, Nov. 7, with a performance that includes musical stylings for every palate.

The Instrumental Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus. The free concert features the talents of Pellissippi State students, and the community is invited to attend.

“The fall Instrumental Concert offers a wide variety of musical styles and genres,” said Bill Brewer, program coordinator of Music and an associate professor in Liberal Arts. “This concert typically offers the most variety for the audience of all the programs in our Music Concert Series.”

The performance will include 15-minute sets from the student brass, guitar, percussion and bluegrass ensembles, as well as from the studio orchestra. Each ensemble will perform some of the best music associated with its unique instrumentation.

“There should be something for every taste at this concert,” Brewer said.

The Music Concert Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

All events in the Music Concert Series are free; however, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

For additional information about Pellissippi State’s Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Fairy tales topic of Nov. 6 Faculty Lecture Series talk

Trolls and mermaids, elves and giants. Why do fairy tales remain so enduring and endearing to adults? What basic truths do the stories teach?

These are the questions to be discussed at Pellissippi State’s next Faculty Lecture Series presentation, one of many offerings in The Arts at Pellissippi State’s yearlong slate of events. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Marilyn Sue Yamin, an associate professor and the program coordinator of Composition in the English Department, delivers the lecture “Fairy Tales Aren’t Just for Children” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov 6. The free event, which takes place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, is open to the public.

“I’ll start with the origin and background of fairy tales,” said Yamin, “and discuss some of the critical and psychological theories that have been advanced about why fairy tales are so persistent—not just in American culture but all over the world—and why they remain so popular with adults.

“What is it about fairy tales that intrigues us, that keeps these stories prevalent in our lives, in the media, as movies and plays and television shows? We use fairy tales in all forms, past childhood.”

Part of the enduring popularity of fairy tales may be linked to their relevance to humanity.

“There is a basic truth in these tales that rings true through all cultures and keeps them forever young,” she said.

In her lecture, Yamin also will discuss the unique art form of fairy tales: how they can be adapted, transformed and rewritten, yet still remain true to the core of their story. She’ll discuss familiar fairy tales and characters, as well as read a short 20th century fairy tale that might be new to the audience.

To learn more about “Fairy Tales” or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

‘Robber Bridegroom’ bluegrass musical premieres Nov. 1 at Pellissippi State

Broadway’s hit bluegrass musical “The Robber Bridegroom” promises to be a rollicking good time when it comes to Pellissippi State Community College’s stage Nov. 1-3 and 8-10.

“The Robber Bridegroom” premieres at the college at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 8 and 9. Matinee performances begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10. All presentations take place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

The musical is a rousing, bawdy tall tale set in 18th century Mississippi. It tells the story of Rosamund, the only daughter of the richest planter in the county, and her romance with legendary outlaw Jamie Lockhart.

Proceedings go awry thanks to a case of double mistaken identity, coupled with the machinations of an evil stepmother intent on Rosamund’s demise, the stepmother’s pea-brained henchman and a hostile talking head in a trunk.

“There will be singing—bluegrass, country and a little bit of Broadway style—plus lots of dancing, lots of silliness, and, above all, plenty of bluegrass picking,” said Charles R. Miller, Theatre program coordinator and Liberal Arts professor.

Tickets are available online at www.pstcc.edu/tickets or at the Box Office, beginning one hour before the performance’s start. Tickets for seniors and students are $12; tickets for adults are $14. Plenty of free parking is available.

Pellissippi State’s presentation of “The Robber Bridegroom” features an all-student cast of 14 principal actors and singers, in addition to six musicians. The music, composed by Robert Waldman, includes one of the first genuine bluegrass scores ever heard in a Broadway musical.

“The Robber Bridegroom” book and lyrics are by Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Driving Miss Daisy.” The story is based on a 1942 novella of the same name by Eudora Welty.

For more information, contact Pellissippi State’s Box Office at (865) 539-7529 or visit www.pstcc.edu/theatre. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State students featured in Fall Choral Concert

Pellissippi State Community College’s Music Concert Series continues with the Fall Choral Concert Thursday, Oct. 24.

The Fall Choral Concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus. The community is invited to the free event.

“The annual Fall Choral Concert will feature the 50-voice Concert Chorale and the 40-voice Variations Ensemble,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator. “These student choirs have been rehearsing since August on a variety of choral selections.

“Expect to hear beautiful Renaissance motets, the Baroque music of Handel, and a few American folk songs and African-American spirituals.”

The Fall Choral Concert is the second of nine musical performances in the 2013-14 concert series. It is followed by the Instrumental Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, in the same location.

The Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble are comprised of a cross-section of students from a variety of majors. Variations is preparing for a study abroad and concert opportunity overseas in May 2014, in collaboration with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies.

The Music Concert Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts. All piano performances and accompaniments are performed on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

All events in the Music Concert Series are free; however, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. Ample free parking is available.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

The Arts at Pellissippi State kicks off fall events

Pellissippi State Community College launches a new year of dance, song, culture, art and theatre with the 2013-2014 Arts at Pellissippi State, and the public is invited to take part.

“Participation in the arts isn’t only for the artists,” said Pat Myers, director of community outreach and donor engagement. “Participation engages the audience as well, and it means something a little bit different to each person who studies an exhibit, listens to a vocalist or discusses a film with friends.”

The college encourages the community to participate in The Arts at Pellissippi State’s array of cultural activities. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

New to The Arts at Pellissippi State this year is the Pacific Rim Street Fest: A Celebration of Asian Pacific Rim Heritage, featuring the distinctive food, music, art and dance of the Asian Pacific Rim nations. The event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Musical performances kick off with the annual Faculty Recital, featuring a showcase of talented Pellissippi State faculty members, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. All musical performances are in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus. Additional performances:

  • Fall Choral Concert, featuring student soloists and the student groups Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
  • Instrumental Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Holiday Spectacular, the perennially popular holiday event, with two shows, 6 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5

Theatre productions begin with “The Robber Bridegroom,” Broadway’s hit bluegrass musical. Shows take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1-2 and 8-9 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 10, all in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” a fun adaptation of Barbara Park’s Junie. B. Jones books, is a co-production with The WordPlayers. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets for theatre productions at www.pstcc.edu/tickets.

Pellissippi State’s Faculty Lecture Series features daytime lectures by the college’s faculty on topics as varied as literature, historical figures and current events. All lectures take place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus. Fall lectures:

  • “What They Know: Privacy in the Age of Digital Tracking” by Lisa Bogaty at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3
  • “Fairy Tales Aren’t Just for Children” by Sue Yamin at 2 p.m. Nov. 6

The Bagwell Gallery on the Hardin Valley Campus shares the Foothills Craft Guild Basket Show through Oct. 15, featuring basket artistry by local and regional artisans. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Arts at Pellissippi State continues with events throughout the winter and spring. Highlights of spring 2014 include the Seventh Annual Festival of Cultures, an art exhibit featuring sculptor Raymond Padrón and the modern theatre production “Unnecessary Farce.”

For more information about a specific event in The Arts at Pellissippi State or for a full listing of the year’s events, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State’s Oct. 4 Pacific Rim Street Fest highlights Asian cultures

Pellissippi State Community College hopes a look at new cultures will prompt the community to look at the world from a new perspective.

Pacific Rim Street Fest: A Celebration of Asian Pacific Rim Heritage is slated for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. The free event takes place in the Goins Building College Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“Each semester, we have events that focus on different cultural experiences,” said Gayle Wood, the college’s director of Access and Diversity. “We’ve spotlighted cultures as diverse as Mediterranean, Hispanic, African and Native American in the past. We hope each event encourages our students, faculty, and staff members and the community at large to look at the world from a new cultural perspective.

“The idea to focus on Pacific Rim countries—including China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and Taiwan—came from a student who also is a military veteran. He had amazing stories about serving in some of those Pacific Rim countries and the cultural experiences he had there.”

Pacific Rim Street Fest is one of the events that make up this academic year’s The Arts at Pellissippi State. The arts series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Pacific Rim Street Fest features Wah Lum Kung Fu of Knoxville performing a traditional lion dance, a Japanese dancing troupe from Atlanta and a Japanese tea ceremony. Other tentative activities include a Chinese fine artist and personal booths set up by Pellissippi State students native to Pacific Rim countries.

The Access and Diversity Office will give away chopsticks, Chinese and Japanese folding fans, and fortune cookies. Asian teas will be served as well. The Pacific Rim Street Fest also allows attendees to sample traditional foods, including Taiwanese Kong Bao chicken, Japanese wasabi pork shumai and Vietnamese dau phong, or boiled peanuts.

For more information about Pacific Rim Street Fest, call Access and Diversity at (865) 539-7160 or visit www.pstcc.edu/diversity. For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State kicks off 2013-14 Music Concert Series

Pellissippi State Community College’s Music Concert Series for the 2013-14 academic year gets under way Thursday, Oct. 3, with a showcase of musical talents performing in the annual Faculty Recital.

The Faculty Recital, which normally runs about 90 minutes, begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus. The event features the talents of the Music program’s faculty. It is free and the community is invited.

“It’s a good way to showcase the faculty’s talents to the community and the college,” said Bill Brewer, Music program coordinator and an associate professor. “Attendees will hear musical genres ranging from classical to jazz and opera to Broadway. It’s an eclectic, very fun program.”

The Faculty Recital is the first of nine concerts to take place throughout the academic year. Close on its heels is the Fall Choral Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, and also in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

The Faculty Recital features performances by 17 faculty members, solo and in small ensemble, with voice and various instruments, including piano, guitar, violin, and flute. All piano performances and accompaniments will be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All-Steinway School.

The Music Concert Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

All series events are free, but donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund. All performances are also open to the public, and plenty of free parking is available.

For additional information about the Pellissippi State Music Concert Series or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Online privacy topic of Oct. 3 Faculty Lecture Series talk

Personal privacy rights have been a national hot topic recently, and Pellissippi State Community College’s next Faculty Lecture Series speaker has them on her mind.

Lisa Bogaty, associate professor in Business and Computer Technology, delivers the lecture “What They Know: Privacy in the Age of Digital Tracking” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. The free event, which takes place in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus, is open to the public.

“There’s a huge debate going on about people’s right to privacy following various leaks about information gathering by businesses and governmental entities such as the NSA,” Bogaty said.

“The issue is, should we be collecting this level of data about the public when people have not been charged with a crime or are not the subject of an investigation, and how long should this information be stored?”

Bogaty, who teaches business administration and e-commerce courses at Pellissippi State, will focus on behavioral online tracking—tracking an internet user’s shopping patterns, search queries, online friends, social media behavior, and other information—and how businesses and marketers use that information. Bogaty will touch briefly on government online tracking.

“There was a time when almost everyone got junk advertisements in their emails,” she said, “but that doesn’t happen often anymore. Your online experience now involves very focused advertising based on your real shopping and searching patterns. These ads can only be this targeted by knowing you—and they do know you.”

Bogaty says she hopes her lecture leaves listeners with more questions than answers, since the debate about online privacy is an ongoing one.

The Faculty Lecture Series is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, which brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

To learn more about “What They Know” or The Arts at Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.