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Mars Incorporated

Bruno Mars is one of the most talented performers to come along in decades. Over four years ago, I was wowed by his debut album. My prediction of big things for Bruno still stands, supported by his follow-up album and … Continue reading

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Pt Cruising

One of my radio dreams came true this week when a box arrived in the mail. Actually two boxes arrived, one for WNOX and one for me. Many of my friends who have been program directors or music directors received … Continue reading

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Watch for Falling Jocks

On most mornings, I take a look at Twitter and Instagram before I get out of bed. Today, I was startled to see a video of my good friend Bean falling off the stage last night at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic … Continue reading

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The Mane Event

The management company for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra didn’t just give me good seats for the band’s Knoxville concert on Wednesday, they gave me great seats. My wife and I had seats on the floor of Thompson-Boling Arena, in the center … Continue reading

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Wizards of Winter

Trans-Siberian Orchestra played to a very large crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday night. The band divides into two groups for holiday tours. “TSO East” was in Knoxville while “TSO West” was in Atlanta. My wife and I were grateful … Continue reading

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Doing the Appy Dance

David Dwyer’s portrayal of Drosselmeyer in the Appalachian Ballet Company’s 2013 production of The Nutcracker inspired me to add some business on stage when I played the character in Oak Ridge this year. I was even more attentive to his … Continue reading

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Suite Dream

Photographer Yvonne Dalschen is a member of the Camera Club of Oak Ridge. She is one of several talented people who photograph the rehearsals and performances of the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association. I chose a small sampling of her … Continue reading

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Parade-de-Camp

The opening of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade telecast brought back many memories for me. I remember my father enjoying and singing the song “New York, New York” from On the Town but it was the location that really made … Continue reading

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Party Like It’s 1899

Rebecca Stansfield, whose daughter Emily dances with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association, shared her excellent photos with the cast and crew via OneDrive. There are so many great photos I want to share, it was hard to choose. Here … Continue reading

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Cracker Dip

Nutcracker withdrawal is a real thing. The mother of one of the first-time dancers asked about it in the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association’s Facebook group. My friend Pat, whose son Joey dances with the Appalachian Ballet, said that their cast … Continue reading

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Drama Nut

After hearing the Nutcracker music every day for a month, I miss it now that my performances are over. I can hardly wait to receive the DVD that my wife ordered on Sunday. At the conclusion of Sunday’s show, my wife presented … Continue reading

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Ye Who Sang Creation’s Story

The Knoxville Choral Society performed several selections by composer Dan Forrest at the Tennessee Theatre a week ago. I was especially impressed with his arrangements of “Angels from the Realm of Glory,” “The First Noel,” and “O Come All Ye … Continue reading

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Rest Oration

A Requiem Mass is most often a funeral Mass. The music consists of prayers for the dead as well as some standard Mass parts, such as the Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy), the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy), and the Agnus … Continue reading

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Sail the River Blue

One of the ideas I had to promote Knoxville Opera’s production of H.M.S. Pinafore was to have the cast “take over” the Star of Knoxville riverboat. As luck would have it, the singers were not available because the ship’s cruise … Continue reading

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