KSO 2020-2021 Pops Series features cartoons, rock ’n’ roll and classic soul


Season subscriptions are on sale now for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-2021 News Sentinel Pops Series, which includes Bernadette Peters and “Revolution: Music of the Beatles. A Symphonic Experience.”

Bernadette Peters

“We have a dynamic lineup of Pops concerts for next season,” KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford said. “From music of the Beatles to the Eagles and Aretha Franklin; from reappearances by Bugs Bunny and Bernadette Peters, the KSO will shine a spotlight on famous artists, groups and fabulous music. We look forward to having Knoxville audiences join the Symphony for concerts that showcase our talented musicians in concert.”

Current Pops subscribers can secure their packages and retain their seats by renewing by May 23. All concerts take place at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, except for the season opener, “Aretha: A Tribute,” which will be held at the Tennessee Theatre.

New or renewing subscribers can choose one of two free bonus concerts – the Aretha Franklin tribute on Oct. 2, 2020, or “Hotel California: The Music of the Eagles” on April 10, 2021.

Season tickets may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310. Single tickets to all KSO concerts will go on sale in August 2020. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling 865-521-2337. View the full KSO concert calendar here.

The 2020-21 Knoxville Symphony Pops Season includes:

Aretha: A Tribute
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2020, 8 p.m., Tennessee Theatre

Capathia Jenkins

Broadway star Capathia Jenkins joins the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for a high-energy tribute to the “Queen of Soul.” The concert will feature solid gold Aretha Franklin hits, including “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools” and “Think.”

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, 8 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Enjoy a sparkling new edition, celebrating 30 years since its Broadway debut and 80 years of that “wascally wabbit” himself, featuring scenes “What’s Opera Doc?” and “The Rabbit of Seville” – plus two new Warner Bros. animated shorts. *LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & TM Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s20)

One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Hamlisch
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, 8 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a trio of Broadway singers, the Carson-Newman A Cappella Choir and the KSO conjure the “misty water-colored memories” created by the legendary Marvin Hamlisch. Reminisce to unforgettable songs from “The Way We Were,” “A Chorus Line,” “The Goodbye Girl” and more.

Marvin Hamlisch

Revolution: Music of the Beatles: A Symphonic Experience.
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Enjoy 25 of the Beatles’ greatest hits, including “Ticket to Ride,” “Penny Lane,” “Get Back” and “Hey Jude” as never experienced before. The performance features the KSO joined with orchestrations restored from the original Abbey Road recording sessions by six talented singers, with video and animation from the Beatles’ official fan magazine projected on a big screen.

Hotel California: The Music of the Eagles
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 8 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform a faithful tribute to the music of the Eagles. The performance will feature more than 20 classic hits, including “Best of My Love,” “New Kid in Town,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California.”

Bernadette Peters
Saturday, May 8, 2021, 8 p.m., Knoxville Civic Auditorium
With an armful of Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy awards to her credit, Bernadette Peters is Broadway royalty. Don’t miss your chance to hear the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra join this living legend to perform showstoppers from “Gypsy,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “A Little Night Music” and more.

Subscriptions to the 2020-21 Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series begin at just $105. Subscribers can purchase the second “pick one” bonus concert at a discounted rate, as well as receive a 20% discount to the annual Clayton Holiday Concert. Subscriptions to last season’s Pops Series sold quickly, and patrons are encouraged to subscribe early to ensure the best seats.

About the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Led by Music Director Aram Demirjian, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 300 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 https://knoxvillesymphony.com/or call 865-291-3310.