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KSO’s 2016-17 Pops season includes Mary Wilson of the Supremes, tributes to The Beach Boys, Eagles

March 24, 2016

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has announced the 2016-2017 season of its Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series, and subscriptions are on sale now starting at $105. Current subscribers have the first chance to renew their subscriptions and retain their seats.

View the 2016-2017 KSO concert calendar here.

Mary Wilson of the Supremes.

Mary Wilson of the Supremes.

“We have a sensational lineup of Pops concerts for next season,” KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford said. “The KSO will perform a total of six Pops concerts, featuring spectacular music with talented artists, as well as pay homage to musical legends, including The Beach Boys and the Eagles, and special performances by Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Irish fiddling sensation Natalie MacMaster, plus Oz for Orchestra and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

“Folks can subscribe to a five-concert package with an option for patrons to choose the fifth concert or attend all six!”

Current Pops subscribers can retain their seats by renewing their subscription by May 7. Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling 865-521-2337. New or renewing subscribers can choose one of two free bonus concerts. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2016.

The 2016-17 Pops Series season includes:

Pet Sounds Live – A Tribute to the Beach Boys
Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
8 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre

(Please note this concert takes place at the Tennessee Theatre.)

50 years ago, the Beach Boys made history with Pet Sounds – a groundbreaking effort that inspired the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper, and was voted second in Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Pet Sounds will be faithfully reproduced in its entirety with a second half of the Beach Boys’ greatest hits, including “I Get Around” and “Barbara Ann.”

Oz with Orchestra
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
8 p.m.. at the Civic Auditorium

Experience “The Wizard of Oz” as never before!  The exquisitely remastered film is projected on the big screen as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performs the unforgettable score live.

Mary Wilson of the Supremes
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

Enjoy an evening of Motown hits, including Baby Love, Love Child and more.

Music of the Eagles
Saturday, March 11, 2017
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

The people who brought you recent tributes to Queen and Led Zeppelin return for an evening of the Eagles’ greatest hits with live orchestra. A peaceful, easy feelin’ is guaranteed with the best of “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “One of These Nights” and “On the Border.”

Natalie MacMaster
Saturday, April 8, 2017
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

Celtic fiddling and step-dancing sensation Natalie MacMaster returns for a high-energy appearance featuring traditional Irish favorites, sizzling folk melodies and eye-popping virtuosity.

Blood, Sweat & Tears
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium

Thrill to the blazing brass of legendary band Blood, Sweat & Tears, now fronted by American Idol sensation Bo Bice.

Subscriber benefits:

Subscriptions to the five concerts of the 2016-17 Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series begin at just $105 and are on sale to the general public. Subscribers receive five concerts for the price of four – which is like getting tickets to your choice of either Pet Sounds Live – A Tribute to the Beach Boys or The Music of the Eagles for free.

Subscribers can purchase the second “pick one” concert at a discounted rate, as well as receive a 20 percent discount to the KSO Clayton Holiday Concert. KSO subscribers receive ticket exchange privileges and do not pay handling fees when purchasing tickets through the KSO box office. Subscriptions to last season’s Pops Series sold very quickly, and patrons are encouraged to subscribe early to ensure the best seats.

About the KSO

Established in 1935, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 250 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 the Civic Auditorium as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches.  The KSO is currently undergoing the search for a new Music Director, to be announced in 2016. For more information please visit

For more information about the KSO’s 2016-2017 season, visit Series subscriptions may be purchased through the KSO Box Office by calling (865) 291-3310 or in person at the Emporium Building, 100 S. Gay. St.

Maria Cornelius