Knoxville Concert Series: Nief-Norf's First Year-Round Concert Series
Nief-Norf received support from the The Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research in establishing the Knoxville Concert Series, Nief-Norf’s first year-round concert series bringing new music to venues within the greater Knoxville community. An expansion of the summer festival (nnSF) program, the concert series featured six curated performances by nnSF faculty, including a combination of professionals (Nief- Norf faculty/staff) and student performers. This combination offered young musicians professional experience while performing at a world-class level, and bringing new music to the urban Knoxville area. All concerts were free and open to the public, with the exception of the Big Ears Festival. Guest artists for the concerts included Allison Adams, Andy Bliss, Andrea Lodge, Ashley Walters, Abby Fisher.
In addition to connecting with new concert-goers, the Knoxville Concert Series is expanding Nief-Norf’s existing audience and raising awareness of the organization and the summer festival. By performing in local Knoxville venues, Nief- Norf took this music off-campus, connected with the local community, and spread awareness of new music to the general public, through exciting live performances.
The ensemble plans to continue their work and offer a second year-round concert series.