2019-20 marks end of series, but the mission continues 

After 74 years Knox Concert Series, long considered one of Alabama’s premier providers of live music performances, announces the 2019-2020 season will be the final. Knox will continue to provide musical enrichment to children and families across East Alabama through various existing programs.  

“After much consideration, strategic planning and collaboration among our volunteers, we announce that the 74th Season will be the last. Although the Series ends, our mission will continue.” 

Phil Webb, Chairman, Knox Concert Series Board of Directors

New and welcome increase in entertainment events in our region has created an opportunity for Knox volunteers to focus solely on educational outreach and presenting live classical programming. These have always been integral component of the Knox mission.

Knox will continue to address the cultural needs through the tradition of presenting the Nutcracker Ballet to the public and more than 2,500 third-grade children each year. The 2019 performance, set for Sunday, December 8, will mark the 39th year of this event that has become an integral part of the greater Calhoun County area’s holiday traditions.

Other educational events that will continue include bringing the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for middle school children and a collaboration with Shakespeare performances. Webb says Knox will look to develop new partnerships that focus on enriching music appreciation and performance opportunities with focus on classical music in the future.

“We believe our 74th Season will be a tribute to the rich history provided by Knox Concert Series over the past seven decades and we are going to celebrate each concert in a special way. We plan to celebrate our volunteers and our supporters in a special way this year because their loyal support and investments have made the organization what it is today and what it will be in the future.”

Mandi King, Knox President

2019-2020 Series Events

Kenny G, November 14

Siberian State Symphony Orchestra on January 18

The Allman Betts Band, February 21

Fourth Celebration Event to be announced soon.

Season tickets for all four performances are $155. Link here for details and tickets.

About Knox Concert Series

Knox Concert Series is an all-volunteer organization that has offered a wide variety of events from classical ballet and operas to classic country and pops artists over the decades. Knox has brought world-renowned musicians such as Julio Iglesias, Liberace, Glen Campbell, and Henry Mancini, the bands CHICAGO and ALABAMA and Frankie Valli to Anniston. Among classical music stars were Rudolf Nureyev, Izthak Perlman, Roberta Peters, Emanuue Ax and Isaac Stern. Ensuring a diverse offering, a full symphony orchestra has always been on the program, and there were operas and Broadway musicals mixed in among the more than 300 concerts over the years. Performances were held for 25 years at the old Anniston High School Auditorium on Quintard Avenue, and then in 1970 at the new facility on Woodstock Avenue. In 1991 the auditorium was given the designation “Anniston Performing Arts Center.”

link here to Learn more about Knox’s history

Media Contact: Mandi King, (256) 235-2553, mandiking@cableone.net

Header photo courtesy David Cummings.

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