Chamber Music Festival Events: May 4 – June 10

The Grascals

Friday, May 4, 2018
Cultural Center Auditorium

6:30PM –Doors open
7:00PM – Pre-concert talkback with East Tenn. State Univ. professor, Dr. Boner and band members 
7:30PM  -Concert

Adults : $20.00 (includes all fees)
Student: $10.00 (with valid student ID)

​The Grascals’ cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy Award nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay LenoFox & FriendsThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’The Talk.
Beer/Wine Cash Bar available. Free reception to follow.

Pre-concert lecture and bluegrass discussion with Dr. Boner is included in the ticket price.

Christiania Quartet

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Steffen Thomas Museum of Art (7 miles from the Cultural Center)

Adults : $30.00 (includes all fees)
Student: $10.00 (with valid student ID)

​Join us for a beautiful program with Chris Rex, David Coucheron, Julie Coucheron and new member Julianne Lee. The beautiful Steffen Thomas Museum of Art sets the stage for a perfect afternoon concert. Reception to follow.

Rachel Barton Pine

Sunday, May 20, 2018
MMCC Auditorium

Adults : $30.00 (includes all fees)
Student: $10.00 (with valid student ID)

“An exciting, boundary-defying [violinist] – Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.” – The Washington Post. Rachel will perform a variety of music by Eastern European and American composers. Reception to follow.

Ruby Sponsor: Anonymous, in memory of Floyd Newton

The Hot Club of San Francisco featuring Isabelle Fontaine 

Friday, June 1, 2018
6:00PM Dinner, 8:00 PM Concert
Empire Mills Marsden Hall

Adults (Concert Only) : $25.00 (includes all fees)
Student (Concert Only): $10.00 (with valid student ID)

Dinner Ticket: $25.00  must be purchased separately, see below

This ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France with style and panache. The HCSF borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. Featuring the amazing violin of twice GRAMMY® Award-winning Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine and a swinging rhythm section, the group never fails to surprise and delight. 

DINNER OPTION: ​please read closely
Hallie Jane’s Catering will be providing an optional dinner on-site at Empire Mills. You must purchase a dinner ticket separate from your concert ticket. Please click the “Purchase Dinner Tickets” button below to purchase dinner tickets. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance by May 21; dinner tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

Dinner price is $25 and will include a Seasonal Dinner Buffet. There will be a CASH beer/wine bar, but if you prefer your own, feel free to bring it! There will be a $5 corkage fee. Sweet tea and water will also be served.Complimentary dessert will be served during intermission.

Hot Club: Gypsy Swing for Young Audiences

Saturday,  June 2, 2018
10:30 Lawn Art Project | 11:00AM Concert
MMCC Auditorium

Free Admission

This concert for young audiences will explore the original ‘world music’, played by modern day nomadic peoples of Europe, as well as by many aficionados around the world. The infection syncopation and nuttiness of 1930’s Swing Era music, mixed up with the mysterious and magical sounds of fingers flying on acoustic stringed instruments will conjure visions of caravans and Parisian cafes in the fertile minds of its young listeners. Free ice cream social to follow provided by The Caboose.

Piano Duo: ​Julie Coucheron & Elizabeth Pridgen

Sunday,  June 10, 2018
4:30-6:00 PM Dinner, 6:00PM Concert
Town 220 Restaurant

Concert and Dinner : $62.00
Concert Only: $25.00 (Limited)

Julie Coucheron and Elizabeth Pridgen close out our season with a thrilling piano duo concert featuring well-known favorites such as the Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Ticket price will include 3-course dinner provided by Town 220.


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