Called "the world's reigning male chorus" by The New Yorker and also the first vocal ensemble to be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, the San Francisco based Grammy award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer, comes to Knoxville this Monday evneing to perform music about love. The title of the program is "My Secret Heart" and it will be presented at 8pm at Knoxville's Church of the Ascension, located at 800 S Northshore Drive.

Operas and musicals have long provided an escape from the day-to-day and also, perhaps, from troubling times. Live theatre transports us to another time and place and that's exactly what Knoxville Opera's production of The Pirates of Penzance will do this weekend. Gilbert & Sullivan's music pleases the ear, while the hilariously entertaining story will tickle the funny bone.  Performances are Friday, October 21st at 7:30 and Sunday, October 23rd at 2:30 and, as always, will be given in the magnificent Tennessee Theatre.  

L&N STEM Academy student Ben Hall discusses the documentary on Vince Guaraldi that he made made with his friend Kent Smith. 

Garrett McQueen talks to Giora Schmidt about his upcoming performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. 

Marble City Opera opens up its 2016-2017 season with two comedic one-act operas, performed tonight and tomorrow night (October 13th and 14th) at The Emporium in downtown Knoxville.  Gallantry by Douglas Moore is a soap-opera opera, complete with commercial breaks selling the wonders of Lochinvar soap.  La Divina by Thomas Pasatieri is a hilarious tale about an opera diva who's slowly realizing that she may be past her vocal prime. 

Brandon Hollingsworth/data from Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center

East Tennessee is dry. Dangerously so. The latest edition of the Palmer Drought Index shows every county in the region is running short on rainfall, from “unusually dry” at the Kentucky border to “moderate drought” for Knoxville and Maryville, to “exceptional drought” for Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

The drought means less water flowing into streams and rivers. The conditions threaten crops and livestock. And wildfires are much more likely to occur and spread rapidly.

Tenn Words: The Overwhelming Burden Of College Debt

Oct 10, 2016

From gobbling down Ramen to pulling all-nighters, college students are used to making sacrifices.

But one sacrifice seems to loom larger than all of the others combined. Across the country, students are crippled by debt after completing their degrees, and East Tennessee students, graduates and the family members supporting them are not immune.

Aren’t convinced? Well, the numbers don’t lie:

The Chicago-based chamber group, Fandango! will present a concert this Saturday night at 7:30 at Oak Ridge's Pollard Auditorium. The group, with its unusual instrumentation of guitar, flute, violin, and cello, performs a spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical music.  All four members have performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and are multi-award-winning musicians.

Since May of 2015, WUOT's been traveling around East Tennessee asking folks the simple question "What Keeps You Up At Night"?

We received more than 750 responses.  They ranged from the weird to the scary to the powerful.  You told us you worry about health, family and debt.  You expressed your aspirations and your greatest fears.  You were honest and frank.

Now, it's time to begin asking a new question.  And we invite you to come up with it.

Just a few guidelines:

Well, it's that time of year again. The time that fans of avant garde music from all over the world anxiously await: the reveal of the lineup for Knoxville's Big Ears Festival. Rolling Stones magazine has called Big Ears "America's biggest avant garde party", while The New Yorker writes that: "The sounds are the stars, free of the tyranny of categories."  It's hard to describe this one-of-a-kind festival that celebrates innovation, creativity, and expression through music, film, and art.