Ijams’ Symphony in the Park

Ijams Nature Center’s 32nd annual Symphony in the Park, presented by Stephen and April Harris, is Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This wonderful benefit for Ijams Nature Center features the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra directed by Aram Demirjian, along with special musical and visual artists. Proceeds from this event, which is Ijams’ largest annual fundraiser, help provide outstanding environmental education programs and engaging outdoor experiences as well as maintain this 300-acre wildlife sanctuary.

For more than three decades, this elegant and enchanting outdoor event has been a highlight of Knoxville’s fall social calendar. Please join us for an evening of music, art, dinner, a silent auction and more!

Tickets are $175, tables of 10 are $1,750 ($50 per ticket is nondeductible). Reservations and attendees’ names are due by Sept. 1, 2017.

To purchase tickets by phone using a credit card, please call Elizabeth Newman at 865-577-4717, ext. 123.

If you cannot attend this year’s event but would like to make a donation to Ijams Nature Center, please visit our online donation page.

2017 Featured Musical Artist

Singer/songwriter Zoë Nutt is a born storyteller with a voice you won’t soon forget.

Raised in Knoxville, and a graduate of Belmont University’s songwriting school in Nashville, Zoë has a way of performing that draws you in and holds you there.

Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies says, “Zoë Nutt has a voice as haunting and seemingly ancient as the East Tennessee hills she hails from. Like so many great artists, she knows how to mix the new with the old and create music with broad appeal while never compromising her artistic integrity.”

With a guitar by her side, her music is a reflection of who she is and how she observes the world. “I write music to connect with people who feel the same way,” she says. “My style is eclectic and reflects my interest in all types of music. My songs are about life, living and feelings, good and bad, that we all experience.”

2017 Featured Visual Artist

A talented welder, Gregory Tune, owner of Metal Art from Greg’s Garage, works in bronze, steel, silver and other found and recycled metals in a style he calls Scrappalachian Metal Work. You can see some of his whimsical and creative pieces in the Ijams gift shop.


Beer and Wine Sponsors


Table Sponsors

  • City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation

  • Millwood Associates

  • Moxley Carmichael

  • Bo and Beth Townsend

  • The Trust Company of Knoxville

  • Visit Knoxville

Sponsorships are still available for the 2017 event. Please contact Cindy Hassil at chassil@ijams.org or 865-577-4717, ext. 117.