Category Archives: The Arts

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Pellissippi State hosts inaugural March 18-29 Student Photography Exhibit

Photo credit: Sarah Edens
Photo credit: Sarah Edens

Art exhibits featuring students, faculty and visiting artists are regular occurrences at Pellissippi State Community College. So, too, are photography-related events showcasing the works of guest photographers.

New this year is an exhibit that focuses solely on the work of Pellissippi State’s Photography students. The March 18-29 event is free and open to the public.

Gallery guests have the chance to explore images captured by Pellissippi State students in their travels near and far, in vivid color and in subtle black-and-white. Students who pursue the art of photography at Pellissippi State do so through the Photography concentration in the Media Technologies program. The degree program’s other three concentrations are Communication Graphics Technology, Video Production Technology and Web Technology.

The exhibit is one of the events that make up 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.

An opening reception, also free and open to the public, takes place March 28, 3-7 p.m.

The Student Photography Exhibit and opening reception take place in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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

Pellissippi State offers photography-related classes throughout the year. Upcoming courses for summer semester include Photography I (PHO 1000), History of Photography (PHO 1200), Nature and Travel Photography (PHO 2100), and Photoshop Essentials (MDT 2100).

Classes begin on May 28. The application and registration deadline is May 20. For more information, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State’s Annual Student Art Show introduces emerging artists

2012 Student Art Show
2012 Student Art Show

Slated for April 2-19, the Annual Student Art Show at Pellissippi State Community College showcases the best works of students at all levels of art studies. The juried exhibit gives students not only the opportunity to share their works with the community but also the chance to be awarded prizes for their creations.

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“Sea Grid” by Jalana Cooper

This year’s exhibit offers a diverse selection of art, including drawings, paintings, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, and blacksmithing pieces, as well as 2-D and 3-D designs.

Among the prizes to be presented are four Jerry’s Artarama gift certificates for honorable mention designees. The Pellissippi State Purchase Award carries with it up to $500 and inclusion of selected artworks in the college’s permanent art collection.

The exhibit is one of the events that make up 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.

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“Gas Mask Still Life” by Reston Campbell

The Annual Student Art Show is free, and the community is encouraged to attend. The event is in the gallery of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus. Regular exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

An opening reception and award ceremony, also free and open to the public, takes place in the gallery on April 2, 3-5 p.m.

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

Pellissippi State Music scholarship auditions set for March 28, April 4

You might think you have to be a Music major to earn a Music scholarship, but that’s not the case at Pellissippi State Community College. The scholarships are available to both Music and non-Music students, and scholarship auditions take place on March 28 and April 4 for students planning to attend Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester.

Thanks to the college’s new Associate of Fine Arts degree program, those students who are interested in pursuing a career or four-year degree in music can now earn a two-year degree that concentrates in Music. All credits transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Long regarded as having one of the top Music programs in the area, Pellissippi State boasts an extensive and diverse Music faculty that leads freshman and sophomore courses required by most colleges and universities for their music degrees.

Courses include Beginning Conducting; Class Piano; Ear Training I-IV; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Introduction to Music Literature; and Music Theory I-IV. Applied instruction also is offered in the following: brass instruments, contemporary piano styles, guitar, percussions, piano, strings, voice and woodwinds.

For students who are not pursuing an A.F.A., Pellissippi State offers a variety of general music courses as well. They include Class Piano; Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental; Fundamentals of Music; Music Appreciation; Private Instrumental Instruction; and Private Vocal Instruction.

Music scholarships are awarded annually by the Pellissippi State Foundation to recognize excellence in musical performance and academic achievement. The Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Scholarship recipients are required to perform in one or more of Pellissippi State’s music ensembles. Two ensembles, Concert Chorale and Variations, focus on vocal performance. Six are instrument-based performing groups: the Bluegrass Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and Studio Orchestra.

Many of Pellissippi State’s Music students take advantage of the college’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. The community college now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

To schedule a scholarship audition appointment on March 28 or April 4, call (865) 539-7178. For additional information regarding Music scholarships, call the Pellissippi State Foundation at (865) 694-6528 or visit www.pstcc.edu/foundation.

To learn more about the A.F.A. degree, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State concert showcases top student performers

The annual Student Honors Recital at Pellissippi State Community College features only the best student performers taking private instruction in voice or instrument. Members of the community are invited to the March 5 recital. The event is free, as is parking.

Each of 18 selected musicians will perform one piece, with musical styles ranging from bluegrass to classical. Selection by a panel of Pellissippi State faculty members is based on the talent and skill level of the students, as well as on the students’ academic achievement in traditional courses.

Singers will be accompanied by pianists performing on Steinway pianos, in keeping with Pellissippi State’s status as an All Steinway School. The Pellissippi State Foundation conducted the All Steinway School fundraising campaign in order to elevate the college’s Music program to world-class status. Pellissippi State now boasts 13 Steinway pianos in studios, practice rooms and performance venues.

Many of Pellissippi State’s performers are pursuing the college’s new two-year Associate of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Music. All credits will transfer to other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions—Pellissippi State is a member of the TBR system—and the University of Tennessee as part of the statewide Tennessee Transfer Pathways program.

Some of the evening’s performers are also recipients of Music scholarships. The Pellissippi State Foundation awarded 136 music-related scholarships to 57 Pellissippi State students this academic year.

Auditions for students who will be enrolled at Pellissippi State during the fall 2013 semester and who are interested in pursuing a Music scholarship take place on March 28 and April 4 at the Hardin Valley Campus.

Scholarships are open to Music and non-Music students. Audition times can be scheduled by calling (865) 539-7178.

The student recital is part of the 2012-13 Pellissippi State Music Concert Series, 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 Student Honors Recital is free. However, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship Fund.

The March 5 performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center at the Hardin Valley Campus.

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.