Upcoming Penny4Arts performances: Sleeping Beauty ballet, Rhythm N’ Blooms, Companhia Urbana de Danca and more

April 2, 2014

Penny4Arts is a program where children can attend a performance for $0.01 when accompanied by a paying adult. It’s a great way to expose your children to the performing and visual arts! Here are some upcoming Penny4Arts performances of particular interest.

Please note that sometimes tickets must be reserved ahead of time to receive the discount, and sometimes the discount is limited to residents of Knox County. I know that the Sleeping Beauty ballet penny tickets are definitely available to residents of Blount County; they are also offering FREE admission to all civic employees and their families. Any fire, police, or EMT personnel, as well as teachers and school system employees may present their badge or official identification at the ticket booth, and they and their immediate families will be admitted free of charge. I am definitely taking my family to this performance!

I would also assume that the Companhia Urbana de Danca performance would provide penny tickets to residents of Blount County because it’s taking place at the Clayton Center.

Friday-Sunday, April 4-6
Dogwood Arts: Rhythm N’ Blooms
This three-day long celebration of Tennessee’s role in American Roots music – including, but not limited to, country, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and rock – features musical performances by locally-revered and nationally-renowned artists.  Along with the dozens of musical performances over the course of the weekend, there will also be music-related workshops as part of Musician’s Corner. One student may receive admission for $0.01 per one paying adult.Contact: Erin Slocum, 865-637-4561, e-mail
Various venues in downtown Knoxville and the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum
www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com | www.dogwoodarts.com
Advance reservations required? YES; purchase tickets online prior to the event or on-site at the Rhythm N’ Blooms Info Booth at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Central Street in the Old City (on April 4 & 5) and at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum on April 6.

Saturday, April 5, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association: Tschaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake

ORCBA continues its 50th Season theme of “ORCBA Celebrates Tchaikovsky!” with their spring production of Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Join us as we celebrate the 125th birthday of Sleeping Beauty (composed in 1889). We’re also excited to perform Act II of Swan Lake – widely regarded as one of the greatest ballets of all time. Tickets are available at the door the day of the show, or can be purchased in advance on the website.Contact: Wendie Aurin, 865-567-6092, e-mail
Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 | www.orcba.org
Advance reservations required? NO
Sunday, April 6, 1:00-5:00 PM
American Museum of Science and Energy: Penny4Arts… and Science Sunday

On the first Sunday of each month, the American Museum of Science and Energy will open its doors to Knox County students for $0.01*. Tour AMSE’s permanent exhibit galleries; The Story of Oak Ridge, Exploration Station, The World of the Atom,Y-12 and National Defense, Earth Energy Resources, and The Flattop, explore its temporary exhibits, experience the hair raising demonstration Atoms & Atom Smashers, and more. *All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult (age 18 and older) in a ratio not to exceed three children per one adult.  Proof of Knox County residency (driver’s license) will be required for each adult accompanying children ages 5-15.

Contact: Glenda Bingham, 865-576-3200, e-mail
300 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 | www.amse.org
Advance reservations required? NO

Sunday, April 6, 3:00 PM
Knoxville Chamber Chorale Concert

The Knoxville Chamber Chorale presents their annual spring concert which will include a variety of musical selections and solos by members of the Chorale.

Contact: Angie France, 865-475-9216e-mail
St. John’s Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 |  www.knoxvillechoralsociety.org
Advance reservations required? NO

Saturday, April 12, 8:00 PM and Sunday, April 13, 3:00 PM
The Carpetbag Theatre and Clayton Center present Companhia Urbana de Danca

Founded in Brazil in 2004 by dancer Tiago Sousa and choreographer and Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie, Companhia Urbana de Danca is an ensemble of street performers working to foster the human experience through dance. Destri’s experiences traveling through Europe for work in theater, films exposed her to hip-hop and b-boy techniques. Highly influenced by Brazilian street forms, she began to integrate these techniques into her already established contemporary movement sensibility. Pulling from the favelas of Rio where many of her company members grew up, Companhia Urbana de Danca aims to transcend cultural boundaries, while showcasing eclectic skill sets.

Contact: Cheri Compton, 865-981-8263e-mail
Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville, TN 37804 |  www.claytonartscenter.com/
Advance reservations required? YES

Sunday, April 13, 2:30 PM
Knoxville Opera: Bellini’s Norma

A triangle of forbidden love unfolds against the backdrop of war between the Gauls and the Romans.  Norma (soprano Rachel Bard), the Druid Priestess, has betrayed her vows of chastity in liaison with the conquering Roman governor (tenor Ta’u Pupu’a), who is now entangled in an affair with a younger priestess.  Unable to protect her people against the Romans and humiliated by her own actions, Norma throws herself into the flames of the sacrificial pyre.  Performed in Italian with projected English translations.An additional showtime (not eligible for Penny discounts) is Friday, April 11, at 8:00 PM.Contact: 865-524-0795 x 21, e-mail
Tennessee Theatre, 604 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902 | www.knoxvilleopera.com
Advance reservations required? Recommended

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