Aerialists, acrobats and other circus artists bring amazing feats to Pellissippi State

Two aerialists and two acrobats perform at Pellissippi State in 2016
Performers with Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio entertain audiences at Pellissippi State during the annual Circus Extravaganza in 2016.

Knoxville’s own Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio brings its 8th Annual Circus Extravaganza to Pellissippi State Community College next week in a show designed to appeal to all ages.

Titled “Dominion” this year, the Circus Extravaganza will include about 40 performers – a mix of professionals, teachers and students – entertaining audiences through aerial arts, acrobatics, stilt walking and more.

“People love the shows,” said Jake Weinstein, who is directing the Circus Extravaganza and is on the management team of Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio. “It’s very family-friendly, story-centered and thought-provoking. With spectacles, amazing feats and humor, there is something that appeals to everybody.”

Four shows will be offered this year at Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23; and
  • 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. All proceeds benefit circus classes for at-risk youth.

“From the beginning, the Circus Extravaganza has supported our scholarship fund that helps at-risk youth and underserved groups attend circus classes and summer camps,” Weinstein said. “We also do circus work in the community.”

The Circus Extravaganza is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

For more information about Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio, visit www.dragonflyaerialartsstudio.com or contact Weinstein at 203-843-7444 or dfaas11@gmail.com.

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Audition-based Honors Recital gives Pellissippi State students chance to shine

Pellissippi State Community College students who complement their studies through private music instruction will have a chance to share their work with the community at the college’s Honors Recital.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“The Honors Recital highlights students who are (receiving) private instruction in voice or an instrument,” explained Associate Professor Peggy Hinkle, who serves as music program coordinator for Pellissippi State.

Students had to audition for the Honors Recital, she noted. Four music professionals from the community served as judges and selected 16 performers for the Honors Recital – vocalists, pianists, and musicians playing trumpet, guitar, marimba, bass clarinet and trombone.

The Honors Recital is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well as the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Pellissippi State’s Winter Choral Concert welcomes Clinton High School Advanced Choir as special guests

Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys conducts Pellissippi State choral students during the Fall Choral Concert on Oct. 18, 2018.
Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys conducts Pellissippi State choral students during the Fall Choral Concert on Oct. 18, 2018.

More than 115 college and high school students will have an opportunity to show off their vocal talent this week in Pellissippi State Community College’s Winter Choral Concert.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

This year’s Winter Choral Concert will feature three choirs: Pellissippi State’s Variations and Concert Chorale as well as special guests, the Clinton High School Advanced Choir.

“This concert is a wonderful opportunity to share our stage with a local high school choir,” said Pellissippi State Choral Director Meagan L. Humphreys, noting the college has a couple of Clinton High School alumni in its music program. “This is a great way for high school students to get know about our music program here, and it also provides a really great performance venue for them.”

The Winter Choral Concert will feature music from a wide variety of genres, Humphreys noted – from classical to contemporary, from sacred to secular. Pellissippi State students will sing selections in English, Italian and Latin, Humphreys added, while Clinton High School students, led by Choral Director McCall Bohanan, will perform a piece based off a traditional Sioux Indian chant.

The Winter Choral Concert is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Annual exhibition gives Pellissippi State photography students a chance to shine

Photo of a student in a black hoodie on a city street
This photo, taken by Pellissippi State student Nathanial Dault, is one of the images that will be on display Feb. 25-March 15 in the Annual Photography Student Exhibition on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Photography students at Pellissippi State Community College will have an opportunity to show some of their best images in an exhibition Feb. 25-March 15.

The Annual Photography Student Exhibition, part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, will be on display in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The gallery is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and the exhibition is free and open to the public.

“For a lot of our students, they’ve never been in a show in a gallery, so this gives them that experience,” said Professor Kurt Eslick, who will be curating the images for the exhibition with Associate Professor Ronald Goodrich, the program coordinator for Photography at Pellissippi State. “It’s a chance for them and their families to see their work on the wall. I love seeing families being very proud of their kids for having a picture in a gallery. It reminds you of what a big deal it is to have your work shown.”

The exhibition is open to any Pellissippi State student who has taken or is currently enrolled in Photography 2.

“There is no theme, but the exhibition is comprised of images that the students are really proud of,” Eslick explained, noting the show is not a competition. “This show lets us tell our students in a different way how proud we are of them, and it also lets the community know we’re proud of these photographs and of the people who took them.”

For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

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Pellissippi State welcomes Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra, guest artist Jamie Simmons

The 20-member Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra returns to Pellissippi State Community College next week in a free concert that is open to the public.

The performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, is part of the The Arts at Pellissippi State and will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is part of the educational arm of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and has been directed by Tom Lundberg, Pellissippi State’s brass instructor, for the past eight years. Open to high school-aged musicians, the auditioned ensemble rehearses once a week and performs eight to 10 concerts during the school year throughout the area.

“This year the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra is excited to appear with guest artist Jamie Simmons,” said Lundberg. “Mr. Simmons is a trumpeter, composer and arranger who will join the band on several selections. The program will consist of jazz standards, music from the Great American Songbook, contemporary popular and original compositions.”

Simmons, who serves as director of jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University, is appearing with the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra through the generous support of an anonymous Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra donor, Lundberg added.

For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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Birdhouses, sculpture, graphic design among art on display this month at Pellissippi State

Birdhouse made by artist Matt Tullis with found objects
This birdhouse is among the Matt Tullis art on display at Pellissippi State through Feb. 22.

Silkscreen gig posters for bands, sculptures and birdhouses may seem like an eclectic mix of objects, but for artist Matt Tullis, it’s all interrelated.

Pellissippi State Community College will display a variety of Tullis’ work through Feb. 22 in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The exhibit, the latest installment in The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and open to the public. The Gallery has expanded its hours and is now open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A closing reception with the artist will be held 3-5 p.m. Feb. 22.

Tullis, who teaches graphic design at Western Kentucky University, is also a sculptor and raconteur. He titled the show “Pollinate” in reference to how all facets of his work are interrelated and develop from cross-pollination, he said.

For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

‘Black Comedy’ brings farce to Pellissippi State stage

“Black Comedy,” a farce about what happens when the lights go out at a dinner party, launches the spring 2019 theatre season at Pellissippi State Community College next weekend.

Audiences have three opportunities to catch the one-act play: at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

All performances will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Tickets, available at www.pstcc.edu/tickets, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for Pellissippi State faculty, staff and students.

While the characters in “Black Comedy” are in the dark, the audience can see everything as lovesick and desperate Brindsley Miller must impress his fiancée’s father while trying to return “borrowed” antiques from his next-door neighbor, who has suddenly shown up at his darkened door.

“Because it’s a farce, there’s a lot of physical comedy in it,” said Theatre Program Coordinator Charles R. Miller, noting the play was postponed from fall semester when an actor broke his hand. “It’s a great big silly, fluffy, fun feature, which gives our students who have taken a class on farce and comedy an opportunity to earn their chops.”

Written by Peter Shaffer and first performed in 1965 in England, “Black Comedy” premiered on Broadway in 1967 and featured the Broadway debuts of actors Michael Crawford, who originated the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera,” and the late Lynn Redgrave, who was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

At Pellissippi State, the production is a mix of former and current Pellissippi State students, Miller said, as well as members of the faculty and the community.

“Black Comedy” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State series. For more information on upcoming visual arts exhibits, theatre productions, musical performances and faculty lectures, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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“Interlaced” sculptures, drawings kick off The Arts at Pellissippi State

Sculpture by Jamey Grimes
“The objects and environments that I create are fueled by encounters with natural forces,” Jamey Grimes says in his artist statement. “My intent is to remind us of our relationship and scale to the forces of nature.”

Mind-bending sculptural work and lush drawings combine this month in a new visual art exhibit at Pellissippi State Community College.

“Interlaced: Jamey Grimes and Charlotte Wegrzynowski” opens Monday, Jan. 14, and will be on display through Feb. 1 at the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

A reception with the artists will be held 3-5 p.m on Friday, Feb. 1.

The exhibit, the latest installment in The Arts at Pellissippi State, is free and open to the public. The Gallery has expanded its hours and is now open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Grimes and Wegrzynowski are instructors at the University of Alabama.

Grimes’ sculptural work references forms in nature, biological structures and exploring spaces. His relatively simple techniques and forms are recombined in endless variations to create meditations on interconnectivity and structures in space.

Drawing by Charlotte Wegrzynowski
Charlotte Wegrzynowski won second place in the SECAC 2016 Juried Exhibition and received the Best of Show award in the 31st West Alabama Juried Art Show.

Wegrzynowski also delves into forms in space and in light and dark. Her drawings explore the illusion of space as well as communicating strong metaphorical narratives.

“Though they could not be more different artists, both in form and content, the similarities in the ways that their artwork ‘dances’ make this a disparate, but very informative pairing,” said Herb Rieth, associate professor of Liberal Arts for Pellissippi State.

For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, as well the Faculty Lecture Series, at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

Feel at ‘Home for the Holidays’ at Pellissippi State’s annual holiday concert

Performance from Pellissippi State's Faculty & Staff Choir at the 2017 Holiday Spectacular.
Performance from Pellissippi State’s Faculty & Staff Choir at the 2017 Holiday Spectacular.

Three choirs and six instrumental ensembles will transport audiences “Home for the Holidays” at Pellissippi State Community College’s annual Holiday Spectacular.

There will be two performances of the hugely popular Holiday Spectacular: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Both performances will be held in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Tickets are free and available at the door on a first come, first served basis.

“This concert appeals to all ages,” said Peggy Hinkle, music program coordinator for Pellissippi State. “Even kids enjoy this fast-paced event because there are so many different instruments and styles of music.”

The Holiday Spectacular, themed “Home for the Holidays” this year, will feature religious and secular selections performed by

  • Variations, Pellissippi State’s audition choir;
  • Concert Chorale, the college’s non-audition choir;
  • Faculty/Staff Choir;
  • Jazz Band and Bluegrass Ensemble, both audition groups;
  • Brass, Guitar and Percussion Ensembles; and
  • Studio Orchestra.

“There is a lot of variety,” Hinkle said. “And, thanks to our snow machine, it always snows at the end of the show, which is a good way to get into the holiday spirit.”

Plan to arrive early to the performance of your choice to get a complimentary ticket, as seating is limited to the first 495 guests per show. While the performance is free, donations are accepted at the door for the Pellissippi State Foundation on behalf of the Music Scholarship fund.

The Holiday Spectacular is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State series. For more information on upcoming visual arts, theatre and music events, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts.

To request accommodations for a disability for this event, call 865-539-7401 or email accommodations@pstcc.edu.