A renowned journalist and an opera singer known as the voice of Sleeping Beauty will receive honorary degrees in May. The Board of Trustees today approved the degrees for Tennessee natives John Seigenthaler and Mary Costa. Seigenthaler will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and speak at the College of Law commencement on May 10. Costa will speak and receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane and Musical Letters at the College of Arts and Science commencement on May 10.
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For the first time, a student-only group from UT will perform Beethoven’s masterpiece Symphony no. 9 in D Minor. The performance will take place in a February 24 concert at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville. The public is invited to the free concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m.
ReVOLution, UT’s all-women a cappella group, trumped challengers from several major universities this weekend to advance to the national semifinals of a collegiate a cappella competition. The ensemble performed in Athens, Georgia, on Saturday in the regional finals of the 2013 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The ensemble’s next stop is the national semifinals in Nashville on March 23. ReVOLution is the first UT group ever accepted into the international competition.
Legendary Russian composer, pianist, and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff performed his final public concert in what was formerly the Alumni Gymnasium on the UT campus on February 17, 1943. He died five weeks later. UT will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s final performance with an 8:00 p.m. concert on Sunday, February 17, featuring internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Evgheny Brakhman.
Amateur and professional composers alike are invited to submit original works for the Doc Severinsen International Composition Contest, vying for the $10,000 prize and the chance to premiere their music with world-renowned trumpeters. The competition is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music, and the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society.
National Public Radio highlights five jazz Christmas albums for 2012 and the one from UT musicians tops the list. Christmas Time is Here is an album by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. The orchestra is led by Vance Thompson, a UT lecturer of jazz trumpet. It also features Gregory Tardy, UT assistant professor of jazz saxophone and a renowned saxophonist. See the
Though some of Santa’s elves spend their days putting together toys, special “scout” elves are adopted by families to watch over boys and girls during the day and report back to Santa at night. That’s the premise behind one of the holiday’s newest crazes—Elf on a Shelf. And it’s the brainchild of Carol Aebersold, a UT alumna.
Honors and awards for UT Knoxville faculty and graduate students.
As the fall semester comes to a close, there are still plenty of activities to fill your free time during the holiday season. From the Clarence Brown Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol to hands-on activities at the UT Gardens, the campus has something for everyone.
The American Boychoir, one of the nation’s premier choral groups, will present several workshops and a concert at UT on Tuesday, October 30. All events, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. The UT School of Music is sponsoring the event.