Category Archives: The Arts

Choral music featured at Pellissippi State’s season-ending free concert

Rows of choral students in pews at a church stage.

The Music Concert Series presented by Pellissippi State Community College comes to a close for the 2012-13 season on May 2 with an evening of choral music. Free and open to the public, the Spring Choral Concert features performances by the student groups Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble.

Included in the concert is a multimedia presentation of the Variations Ensemble’s Spring Break 2013 tour in Barcelona, Madrid and Segovia, Spain. As the choir sings, the audience will experience the tour through video and still photography. The concert’s piano accompaniments will be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School.

The nine-day Variations tour included concerts in Barcelona at three public schools and in the Sagrada Família, a church designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudí. The choir also sang in such venues as the Segovia Cathedral and the Municipal Auditorium in Madrid. While touring the historic city of Salamanca, the group gave an impromptu concert in the town square as well.

The 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Spring Choral Concert is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. 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 and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State exhibit features art of graphic design students

wall with framed artwork hanging on it in black frames. There are two younger females at the left side looking and pointing to some artwork.

Andy Warhol is arguably the most famous commercial illustrator-turned-artist. His iconic early images of Campbell’s soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles went on to become some of the most expensive art ever sold.

An upcoming student exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College celebrates the art of commercial design, displaying the real-world artistry behind communication graphics. Scheduled for April 22-May 10, the Communication Graphics Technology Student Design Exhibit is free and open to the public.

Just as Warhol earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, students displaying their work in the exhibit are pursuing a degree—an Associate of Applied Science in Media Technologies with a concentration in Communication Graphics Technology.

Pellissippi State students who pursue the CGT concentration learn the visual fundamentals and visual/verbal concept developments for application in advertising, graphic design, and illustration. In addition to the CGT concentration, Pellissippi State’s Media Technologies program offers concentrations in Photography, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

The exhibit is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The CGT Student Design Exhibit will be on display in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Regular exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The community is also invited to the free CGT Student Design Showcase on April 25, 4-8 p.m. During the showcase, Pellissippi State students completing their studies in Communication Graphics Technology display their portfolios for invited industry professionals. The event, also in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art, is like a graduation, celebration and potential job interview all rolled into one evening. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this event, visit www.pstcc.edu/cgt_showcase/.

For additional information about the CGT Student Design Exhibit 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.

En garde! Dueling takes center stage in Pellissippi State’s Faculty Lecture Series

Two men dueling on stage

Charles R. Miller, head of theatrical productions and a Theatre faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College, is throwing down the glove, so to speak. He defies anyone to fail to enjoy his upcoming presentation, “The History of the Duel.”

The lecture, the last in the spring 2013 Faculty Lecture Series, takes place April 23 at 12:30 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Miller’s lecture encompasses the origin of the duel and how it has changed throughout history. He also covers weapon styles and how they have changed, as well as the reasons duels were fought.

portrait of man with goatee in a dark gray striped shirt.“I will be giving some examples of very unusual duels,” he said, “because, historically, there have been some very odd things that happened.”

Miller will draw on his experience choreographing fights, and he will have support from students and colleagues when they demonstrate duels, weapon styles, and duel etiquette.

Given his background and interests, the duel is a natural lecture topic for Miller. He also says that he felt compelled to present something visual and theatrical after seeing some of the other faculty lectures given this academic year by his peers.

“Everybody has been doing theatrically based lectures—from Tyra Barrett’s ‘Economics: the Musical’ to Keith Norris’ lecture where he had fellow musicians and singers,” Miller said. “I had to try to do something very theatrical.”

As one of the Faculty Lecture Series presentations, the April 23 event is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State series. The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For additional information about “The History of the Duel,” call (865) 694-6400. To learn more about 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.

Community invited to Pellissippi State’s April 25 Student Design Showcase

A brunette female showing her portfolio to a man with red hair and glasses in a hallway.

It’s not often that graphic designers get to display their work and potentially receive multiple job offers during one four-hour event at one location.

That’s the scenario at the annual Communication Graphics Technology Student Design Showcase scheduled for April 25 at Pellissippi State Community College. Community members are invited to attend the free event, which showcases the work of Pellissippi State students completing their graphic design coursework this spring.

This year, 22 students present their portfolios for viewing and evaluation by invited area design professionals. Each student has his or her own table display, business cards and resumes for the industry professionals to view.

The event is like a graduation, celebration and potential job interview all rolled into one evening. This year’s theme is “Point to Point.”

The showcase is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The CGT Student Design Showcase is 4-8 p.m. in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. For more information about the showcase, visit www.pstcc.edu/cgt_showcase.

For additional information about 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. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Mark your calendar for Pellissippi State’s next to last concert of the season

A group of students and instructors with various musical instruments playing and being led by a conductor.

The Music Concert Series presented by Pellissippi State Community College offers free musical events throughout the academic year. They range from jazz and bluegrass concerts to choral performances and holiday celebrations.

The first of the series’ last two offerings for 2012-13 is around the corner. The Instrumental Concert features the Studio Orchestra, an evening of purely instrumental music, on April 18.

Selections from a variety of musical styles will be presented, among them, classical, blues, jazz and folk. In addition to the Studio Orchestra, ensembles of brass, guitar and percussion also will perform. Attendees can expect the concert’s piano music to be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School.

The 2012-13 Music Concert Series is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

The other remaining performance in this season’s Music Concert Series is the Spring Choral Concert on May 2.

Like all events in the series, admission to the Instrumental Concert is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. 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 and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

Pellissippi State hosts award-winning poets to celebrate National Poetry Month

Photo of woman looking to left with sunglasses on and resting her chin on her hand.
Poet Marilyn Kallet

Her “Fireflies” poem has been read for listeners by Garrison Keillor, the popular public radio personality.

His first book of poems, “Elegy on Independence Day,” was awarded the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

Collectively, poets Marilyn Kallet and Arthur Smith have published more than 20 books and have received numerous awards. On April 10, the two are special guests of Pellissippi State Community College, where they will read from selected works as the college celebrates National Poetry Month.

Though their poetic styles differ, Kallet and Smith have much in common. Both are English professors at the University of Tennessee, where Kallet also serves as the director of the Creative Writing Program. And, they both have newly released collections: Kallet’s “The Love That Moves Me” was released this month, and Smith’s “The Fortunate Era” has been available since February.

Kallet, the author of personal essays, translations, and children’s books, has been a featured poet in “Prairie Schooner,” “New Letters,” “Denver Quarterly,” and other publications. In 2010, The New York Times paired her “Fireflies” poem with an environmental story of a firefly research project in its weekly “Poetry Pairing” series.

In addition to her duties at UT, Kallet also teaches poetry workshops in Auvillar, France, for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Photo of older man in black turtleneck, with a gray suit jacket and glasses. He also has short hair with a gray goatee and is looking forward and smiling.
Poet Arthur Smith

A Pushcart Prize recipient, Smith has published his poetry in “The New Yorker,” “The Nation,” “The Kenyon Review,” “Hunger Mountain” and other outlets. He is a 1984 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship that honors the best among American writers.

Smith’s poetry collections are released through his longtime publisher, Carnegie Mellon University Press. He has served as an English professor at the University of Tennessee since 1986.

National Poetry Month, established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, takes place each year in April. Organizations around the world celebrate poetry with readings, festivals, workshops, book signings and other special events.

The National Poetry Month event is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fines arts. The poetry event is sponsored by Pellissippi State’s English Department.

Readings by Kallet and Smith take place 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Campus. Attendance is free. Both poets will conduct a book signing of their newest releases after the event, and books will be available for purchase.

For additional information, 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.

Community invited to Pellissippi State’s Sixth Annual Festival of Cultures

Photo of flower design on the campus floor made out of colored rice.
Rice art from the 2012 Festival of Cultures

There’s only one place where you can sample food from 16 countries and enjoy performances ranging from Brazilian dance and Irish step to Latin music and West African drum.

That place is the Goins Building College Center at the Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State Community College. Members of the community are invited to enjoy the Sixth Annual International Festival of Cultures, a free event celebrating food, music and culture from around the globe.

Slated for Friday, April 12, the event also offers booths and exhibits that showcase international art, clothes, and artifacts by Pellissippi State’s international students. Hours are 4-9:30 p.m., and plenty of free parking is available.

A special feature this year is a display of the work of Russian artist Alex Cherepov in the Goins Building Rotunda. Born in Moscow, Cherepov moved to the U.S. in 1998. His work includes oil paintings, illustrations and animations. There will also be Rangoli floor art on exhibit, as well as Mehndi henna designs by Kajal Patel.

The food samplings, which vary at each year’s festival, include cuisine from the following countries: China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominica, France, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Madagascar, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Thailand.

Featured as a special performer is Andrea Moreira, director and choreographer of Dance Brasil Entertainment. Born in Brazil, Moreira began as a professional ballerina before moving to Atlanta in 1993.

She has performed at the 75th anniversary of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games’ closing ceremony parade, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Delta Airlines’ Carnaval and other events. Moreira was also featured in “Mas Que Nada,” a music video by the Black Eyed Peas and Sérgio Mendes.

Photo of 4 Indian females in blue and red ornamental dresses, dancing on stage.
Indian cultural dance group from 2012 Festival of Cultures

Additional performers include the following: Freddy Vargas and Son Caribe, a local Latin band; Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s bluegrass band; Knoxville Irish Step Dancers, a local dance troupe; an Indian cultural dance group performing the traditional bharatanayam dance; Vine Middle School’s West African Drum and Dance team; and the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, which will perform Hungarian, Chinese, and Japanese fan dances.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 4-4:45 p.m.—Hardin Valley Thunder
  • 5-5:45 p.m.—Vine Middle School’s West African Drum and Dance team
  • 5:15-6:30 p.m.—Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble, bharatanayam Indian dance and Knoxville Irish Step Dancers
  • 6:30 p.m.—Start of international cuisine
  • 7:30 p.m.—Andrea Moreira’s Dance Brasil Entertainment
  • 8:30 p.m.—Freddy Vargas and Son Caribe

The Festival of Cultures is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

For additional information about the Sixth Annual International Festival of Cultures 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. Requests should be made at least two weeks in advance.

March 28 Pellissippi State concert showcases jazz and bluegrass

Always one of the most popular events in the Music Concert Series presented by Pellissippi State Community College, the annual Jazz Band and Bluegrass Concert combines two very different genres for one evening of musical showmanship. Selections from the Thursday, March 28, concert will highlight the performers’ talents at both improvisation and ensemble work.

First to take the stage is the Pellissippi State Jazz Band, performing jazz classics. Hardin Valley Thunder, Pellissippi State’s bluegrass ensemble, follows with music ranging from ballad style to upbeat bluegrass. The group, which debuted in 2009, draws its repertoire from both the traditional and the contemporary.

Attendees can expect the concert’s piano music to be performed on Steinways, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School.

The 2012-13 Music Concert Series is one component of the college’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures and the fine arts.

Only two performances remain in this season’s Music Concert Series at Pellissippi State: the Instrumental Concert, featuring the Studio Orchestra, on April 18 and the Spring Choral Concert on May 2.

Like all events in the series, admission to the performance is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. 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 and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State: Tony Award-winning alumnus Levi Kreis stages one-night performance

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Photo credit: Terri Johnson for Triple Fire Photography

Levi Kreis garnered a 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, thanks to his electrifying performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway. Now he has scheduled a one-night performance at Pellissippi State Community College.

The Saturday, March 30, event brings the Pellissippi State alumnus and Oliver Springs native to the stage for an evening of cabaret-style vocals and piano. This is Kreis’ only Tennessee appearance during his Flying Solo tour, which also includes dates in Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C.

The Pellissippi State performance takes place in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus. Ample free parking is available.

While a student at Pellissippi State, Kreis studied music. His debut album was released in 2005, and his songs have been featured on television shows such as “The Vampire Diaries,” “Sons of Anarchy,” and “The Apprentice.” He has appeared late night with Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, as well as on “The View.”

Kreis sings and plays piano, but he is perhaps best known as a stage actor. He toured with the national production of “Rent,” then went on to originate the Jerry Lee Lewis role, for which he was recognized with the Tony Award.

“Million Dollar Quartet” is based on the legendary 1956 impromptu jam session of Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash that took place in Memphis at Sun Record Studios. The play dramatizes the historic event and larger-than-life personalities of the four recording stars.

In addition to the Tony, Kreis received significant praise for his work in the original production, including in a 2010 review by Charles Isherwood in The New York Times. Isherwood said of Kreis that “his thrashing keyboard style is an impressive approximation of Mr. Lewis’s febrile dexterity.” Kreis’ more recent solo show has been rated five-star by the Chicago Tribune.

For a performer who has gained international recognition, Kreis remains grounded in East Tennessee tradition. He refers to his music as “conscious pop,” explaining that it’s difficult to categorize his style as fitting into any existing box.

“I grew up in Oliver Springs hearing the same old hymns that Jerry Lee sang,” said Kreis. “I always wanted to be a gospel singer, but in a language where all faiths and all religions could come to the table and enjoy being encouraged.”

The Kreis performance is one component of Pellissippi State’s arts series, “The Arts at Pellissippi State.” The series brings to the community cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to international celebrations, lectures, and the fine arts.

Kreis performs at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at www.pstcc.edu/tickets. If tickets are still available on the 30th, they can be purchased one hour before performance time at the box office.

For additional information, 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.

Get to know Levi Kreis in the “Million Dollar Quartet” clip below:

“Million Dollar Quartet” performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman”:

Pellissippi State presents ‘What Dance Moves?’ faculty lecture March 21

mjenkinswebThe Faculty Lecture Series at Pellissippi State Community College features a range of presentations, from history and hobbits to Shakespeare and economics.

Finding uncharted territory in this eclectic group might not be easy, but Pellissippi State faculty member Maggie Jenkins has done it.

“What Dance Moves?” brings audiences of the Faculty Lecture Series a fresh subject and gives Jenkins a rare venue to talk about how her art form has impacted society.

The event is Thursday, March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium on the Hardin Valley Campus.

“I have focused on how dance interacts with, shapes and sometimes downright controls community values throughout history, political movements, social concerns,” said Jenkins.

The scope of the lecture is broad, beginning with the dithyrambs of ancient Greece and moving toward dance in the 21st century. Jenkins does offer one caveat: This is not a dance history lecture. And it promises to be visual.

For the last few months, she has viewed and collected several video clips for her presentation. Some of them come from the world literature classes she has taught for many years.

Jenkins has an ideal background for this lecture. She earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee in 1972 and followed up with a master’s degree in dance from UT in 1982. While teaching English literature and composition, she also performed with dance companies and ran a dance studio.

She has always seen her vocation and avocation as complementary, with each experience informing the other.

“I enjoyed the balance throughout the years. I did not see anything separate between them, as a matter of fact,” she said. “Every time I’m teaching something in literature class, I’m very much aware of a choreographer or a piece of a ballet, something that would connect historically to what we’re studying. It’s just impossible to separate the two.”

For more information, go to www.pstcc.edu/arts or call (865) 694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action for Pellissippi State at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.