Knoxville Symphony visits twice to entertain Blount

Sarah and Jennie Ottinger rest on a blanket before the music starts.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Sarah and Jennie Ottinger rest on a blanket before the music starts.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra must have enjoyed coming across the river from their home in Knoxville to visit with Blount County music lovers.

They came twice.

The KSO entertained audiences in Blount County twice this spring. Their visit on April 29 to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center could not have scripted better weather. On May 12, the KSO entertained a crowd on stage at the Bicentennial Greenbelt Pavilion Park.

It was the second year KSO has come to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. “This year we think it was even bigger and better,” Heritage Center executive director Bob Patterson said.

Patterson said the show featured a soloist and that the audience enjoyed the performance in the amphitheater. “It was a wonderful experience, and everyone enjoyed it,” he said. “There were 326 folks and the amphitheater seats 500, so it was a good crowd.”

The concert in the pavilion also drew a crowd said Jane Groff, Maryville special events coordinator. “We always get requests every year after it is done to add more.”

Jennifer Barnett, director of Education and Community Partnership, said the KSO members enjoy coming to Maryville. “We always love the crowd in Maryville. They’re so dedicated,” she said. “A couple years ago we had a concert in the rain and almost every person stayed with umbrellas over their heads.”

Barnett said the musicians weren’t disappointed with the audience this time. “We had a good crowd,” she said. “We had a great audience once again.”

For more information on the KSO, visit or call 865-291-3310.

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