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Knoxville Symphony Orchestra to perform eight holiday concerts for East Tennessee

November 20, 2023

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is bringing holiday cheer to East Tennessee with eight festive performances in Knoxville, Dandridge, Athens and Harrogate. Tickets and additional information are available at

Holiday concerts in Dandridge, Athens and Harrogate
KSO Resident Conductor James Fellenbaum will lead the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra in a classical Christmas program, including Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and more.

Concert dates, venues, ticket prices and other relevant information are as follows:

  • Harrogate: At B. Frank “Tex” Turner Arena at Lincoln Memorial University on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Free to the public; no tickets required.
  • Dandridge: At James D. Swann Performing Arts Center at Jefferson County High School on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.                                        
  • Athens: At Athens City Middle School on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students.

Classical Christmas: Handel’s Messiah
The KSO returns to the Tennessee Theatre to present Handel’s glorious and powerful Messiah with the Knoxville Choral Society on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2:30 p.m.

37th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert: An Olde English Christmas
One of East Tennessee’s favorite holiday concerts takes a traditional twist this year as the KSO presents the 37th Annual Clayton Holiday Concert entitled “An Olde English Christmas.” There will be four performances held at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m.

The KSO will be joined by GO! Contemporary Dance Works, the Knoxville Choral Society and the newly established Knoxville Symphony Youth Choir to bring traditional Christmas tunes to the stage alongside classic holiday favorites. Highlights include “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

About the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Led by Music Director Aram Demirjian, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 200 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and Civic Auditorium, as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches. For more information regarding the KSO, please visit or call 865-291-3310.