Ijams’ Symphony in the Park

Don’t miss Ijams Nature Center’s 34th annual Symphony in the Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.!

This 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 315-acre wildlife sanctuary. For more than three decades, this elegant and enchanting outdoor event has been a highlight of Knoxville’s fall social calendar.

Sponsorships for 2019 are available now. If you would like more information on sponsoring the 2019 Ijams Symphony in the Park at the Dogwood, Beautyberry, Lenten Rose or Echinacea level, please contact Cindy Hassil at chassil@ijams.org or 865-577-4717, x117. Tickets will be available closer to the event date and are $175; tables of 10 are $1,750 ($50 per ticket is nondeductible).

Plans already are under way to make 2019 the best year ever, but here’s a little background on the 2018 soiree!

2018 Featured Musical Artist: R.B. Morris

R.B. Morris is a poet and songwriter, solo performer and band leader, and a sometimes playwright and actor from Knoxville, Tenn. He has released half a dozen acclaimed albums and EPs, and his songs have been recorded by John Prine and Marianne Faithfull. His most recent solo project is Rich Mountain Bound. Lucinda Williams once called him “the greatest unknown songwriter in the county.”

Former All Music Guide writer Jason Ankeny once credited Morris with being “among the most literate composers to emerge from the alternative country community of the 1990s,” saying “Morris was raised on old-time music, but was later introduced to Beat literature, poetry, drama and the work of  Bob Dylan.”

Morris has published books of poetry such as Early Fires (Iris Press) and The Mockingbird Poems (Rich Mountain Bound). He wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, a one-man play taken from the life and work of James Agee, and was instrumental in founding a park dedicated to Agee in Knoxville. Morris was the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at The University of Tennessee from 2004-2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2016, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero appointed Morris as the first Poet Laureate of the City of Knoxville.

2018 Featured Visual Artist: Katherine  Smith

Ceramic artist Katherine Smith uses nature as the inspiration for her works, which focus on the restorative and renewing powers of nature.  Born in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, she was raised in rural Tennessee. She attended her first year of college at Carson-Newman, studying Photography. It was there she realized her passion for ceramics. Carson-Newman had no ceramic program, so she transferred to Tennessee Technological University to take advantage of the facilities at the Appalachian Center for Craft. She holds a B.F.A. in Ceramics from TTU.

Specimen No.23     Specimen No.23

"Growing as One" Series    Specimen No.19

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Special thanks to the 2018 sponsors and other generous organizations and individuals who helped make the 33rd event a great success!

Stephen and April Harris

Home Federal Bank
Jupiter Entertainment
Pilot Flying J
Thermal Label Warehouse, LLC

Lenten Rose
Clayton Homes
Sharon and Steve Gigliotti
G&O Railways
Sherri Lee
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Ann Sartwell and Robby Moore
Smile-A-Day, LLC

All Occasions Party Rentals
Cherokee Distributing Company
Harper Auto Square
Knoxville Beverage Company
Turkey Creek Land Partners
Vulcan Materials Company

Table Sponsors
Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Stuart Ijams Cassell
Sharon Davis
George and Ellen Kern
Knoxville Garden Club, The
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Moxley Carmichael
Bo and Beth Townsend
The Trust Company of Tennessee

Thanks Also To
Paul and Pat Green
George and Stephanie Wallace
Visit Knoxville