For 73 years, Knox Concert Series has delivered world-class performances to local and regional audiences. Our retrospective includes a diversity of artists, music genres, and performing art forms. Do you have an all time favorite? Take a stroll down memory lane with our series restrospective below, then send us your story in the comments section at the end of this page.

April 12, 1946 The First Concert

  • Stanley Fletcher, Pianist

1946-1947 The First Season

  • Jennie Tourel, Mezzo Soprano
  • Albert Spalding, Violinist
  • Barlett & Robertson, Duo Pianists

1947-1948

  • Eugene Istomin, Pianist
  • Mia Slavenska and Ballet Variante
  • Igor Gorin, Baritone

1948-1949

  • Helen Jepson, Soprano
  • Stanton Carter, Pianist
  • Saidenburg Sinfonietta

1949-1950

  • Vronsky & Babin, Duo Pianists
  • Louis Roney, Tenor
  • San Antonio Symphony
  • Ballet: “Streetcar Named Desire”

1950-1951

  • Eleanor Steber, Lyric Soprano
  • Byron Janis, Pianist
  • Don Cossacks Male Chorus
  • Birmingham Civic Symphony

1951-1952

  • The Philharmonic Piano Quartet
  • Mary Hutchinson, Dramatist
  • Longines Sinfonietta
  • Eugene Conley, Tenor

Anniston High School students around the Carrie Knox grand piano. Ca. 1950s.


1952-1953

  • Frances Yend, Lyric Soprano
  • William Kapell, Pianist
  • Ballet ‘52
  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

1953-1954

  • Piano Playhouse, Milton Cross
  • Michael Rabin, Violinist
  • Columbus Boys Choir
  • Eileen Ferrell, Dramatic Soprano

1954-1955

  • George London, Metropolitan Opera
  • Musical Americana in Dance and Song
  • Amparo Iturbi, Pianist
  • Saint Louis Sinfonietta
  • David Gibson, Pianist (Bonus)

1955-1956

  • Anna Russell, Concert Comedienne
  • Ballet Espagnol
  • Appleton and Field, Duo Pianists
  • Walter Cassel, Metropolitan Opera
  • Barbara Thomas and Lois Green Seas, Duo Pianists (Bonus)

1956-1957

  • Jacques Abram, Pianist
  • Chattanooga Symphony
  • Aberkirchen Children’s Choir
  • Robert Shaw Chorale
  • Zinka Milinov, Metropolitan Opera

1957-1958

  • Whittemore and Lowe, Duo Pianists
  • University of Alabama String Quartet
  • Jerome Hines, Metropolitan Opera
  • Chicago Opera Ballet

1958-1959

  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Henry Sopkin, Conductor
  • Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutti”
  • Clifford Curzon, Pianist
  • Casar Siepi, Metropolitan Opera

1959-1960

  • Golden Curtain, Kurt Adler, Conductor
  • Vronsky and Babin, Duo Pianists
  • Rosalind Elias, Metropolitan Opera
  • Chicago Opera Ballet

1960-1961

  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Brian Sullivan, Metropolitan Opera
  • Sylvia Zaremba, Pianist
  • Robert Joffrey Ballet

1961-1962

  • The Zachary Solov Ballet Ensemble
  • Luboshutz & Nemenoff, Duo Pianists
  • St. Olaf Choir
  • Jerome Hines

1962-1963

  • The Little Orchestra of New York
  • Joint Recital Metropolitan Opera
  • Jacob Lateiner, Pianist
  • Columbus Boys’ Choir

1963-1964

  • Jacob Lateiner, Pianist
  • Lynn Blair, Metropolitan Opera
  • The National Ballet of Canada
  • Roger Williams and His Company

1964-1965

  • LaBoheme, Goldovsky’s Opera Theater
  • Thomas Brockman, Pianist
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with Marina Svetlova, Prima Ballerina and Oleg Briansky
  • Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians

1965-1966

  • The Music of Richard Rogers
  • Rosalyn Tureck, Pianist
  • The National Ballet
  • The Texas Boys’ Choir

1966-1967

  • Lisa Della Casa, Metropolitan Opera
  • James Oliver Buswell IV, Violinist
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Steicher & Horowitz, Duo Pianists

1967-1968

  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Casper, Pianist
  • Roger Williams and Company
  • Ferrante & Teicher, Duo Pianists

1968-1969

  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Stephen Manes Pianist
  • The National Ballet of Washington
  • Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

Guy Lombardo


1969-1970

  • Mary Costa, Metropolitan Opera
  • David Bar Illian, Pianist
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Wayne King, The Waltz King

1970-1971  25th Anniversary

  • Ferrante and Teicher, Duo Pianists
  • John Alexander, Metropolitan Opera
  • National Ballet of Washington, D.C.
  • Jorge & Morel, Guitarist and Percussionist

1971-1972

  • Peter Nero
  • Don Cossack, Chorus and Dancers
  • An Evening of Opera, Quartet with Piano
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

1972-1973

  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • David Bar Illian, Pianist
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Der Rosenkavalier (On film)
  • Richard Tucker

1973-1974

  • Victor Borge
  • Pete Fountain and his Jazz Group
  • Leonard Pennario
  • Gerald Goodman, Troubador Harpist

1974-1975

  • Van Cliburn, Pianist
  • Roberta Peters and Raymond Gibbs
  • The Big Band Cavalcade, Bob Crosby
  • Vienna Johann Strauss Ensemble

1975-1976

  • The New Christy Minstrels
  • Eddy Arnold
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, with Lorin Hollander, Pianist
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Eddie Arnold

1976-1977

  • Ferrante and Teicher, Duo Pianists
  • Robert Merrill, Metropolitan Opera
  • The Canadian Opera Company
  • Robert de Gaetano, Pianist

1977-1978

  • The Royal Ballet of Flanders
  • The Young Americans in West Side Story
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest

1978-1979

  • Woody Herman and Young Thundering Herd
  • The Canadian Opera Company
  • Lorin Hollander, Pianist
  • Misha Dichter, Pianist
  • Chet Atkins

1979-1980

  • Gilbert & Sullivan a la Carte
  • Birmingham Pops, Johnny Green Conductor
  • Roberta Peters, Metropolitan Opera
  • The Nutcracker Ballet, UAB Ballet
  • Vienna Chamber Orchestra 
  • Burl Ives

1980-1981

  • Ray Price
  • Eugene Fodor, Violinist
  • Goldovsky Opera Company
  • Atlanta Ballet
  • Marvin Hamlisch

1981-1982

  • Santiago Rodriquez, Pianist
  • Carlos Montoya
  • Erie Mills and Michael Ballam
  • New Orleans Philharmonic, with Leonard Rose, Cellist
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Henry Mancini

1982-1983

  • Prague Symphony Orchestra
  • North Carolina Dance Theatre
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Mitch Miller
  • Canadian Brass

1983-1984

  • Bamberg Symphony
  • Steven DeGroote, Pianist
  • James Galway
  • Chet Atkins

1984-1985

  • Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna
  • The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Liberace
  • North Carolina Dance Theatre

1985-1986

  • Ransom Wilson, Flutist
  • Philippe Bianconi, Pianist
  • Isaac Stern
  • Texas Opera Theatre, Die Fledermaus
  • Wynton Marsalis

1986-1987

  • Roy Clark
  • Leontyne Price
  • The Ballet de France
  • London Royal Philharmonic, Vladimir Askenazy, Pianist

Gladys Knight

1987-1988

  • The Oak Ridge Boys
  • The Belgrade State Folk Ensemble
  • Emanuel Ax and Yo Yo Ma
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Paul Polivnik, conductor
  • The Canadian Brass

1988-1989

  • Rudolf Nureyev and Stars of Paris Opera Ballet
  • Roberta Peters
  • The Alabama Symphony  Orchestra, with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Violinist
  • Glen Campbell
  • Vladimer Viardo, Pianist

1989-1990

  • Marvin Hamlisch
  • Western Opera Theater Carmen
  • Masters of Blue Grass
  • Nettle & Markham, Duo Pianists
  • Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

1990-1991

  • Ballet Francais De Nancy
  • Wayne Newton
  • Christopher Parkening, Guitarist
  • The Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Roger Williams, Pianist

1991-1992

  • Lee Greenwood
  • Gypsy
  • Juilliard String Quartet
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra

1992-1993

  • Willie Nelson & Friends
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Dmitri Ratser, Pianist
  • The Washington Ballet
  • The Summit Brass
  • B.J. Thomas

1993-1994

  • Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
  • Peter Nero and The American Pops Orchestra
  • Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg
  • Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick

1994-1995

  • Principal Dancers of the NYC Ballet
  • Oliver
  • Dudley Moore with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Monte Carlo Symphony Orchestra

1995-1996 50th Anniversary 

  • Marilyn Horne and Marvin Hamlisch
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • Liverpool Symphony Orchestra
  • The Bolshoi Ballet Ensemble

1996-1997

  • ALABAMA
  • Louis & Perry, duo pianists
  • The Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra
  • Moscow Festival Ballet

1997-1998

  • Julio Iglesias
  • Stuttgartt Philharmonic with Mischa Dichter, pianist
  • Vienna Boys Choir
  • Grease

1998-1999

  • The Statler Brothers
  • St. Petersburg Symphony
  • London City Opera, Die Fledermaus
  • Russian National Ballet, Sleeping Beauty

1999-2000

  • Crystal Gayle
  • Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
  • The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Ballet De L’Opera de Bordeaux Romeo and Juliet

2000-2001

  • The Black Watch and Prince of Wales Band and Choir
  • The Temptations
  • London City Opera, Carmen
  • Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra

2001-2002

  • My Fair Lady
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • The Grigorovich Ballet, Swan Lake
  • Marvin Hamlisch and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

My Fair Lady

2002-2003

  • Georgian State Dance Company
  • South Pacific
  • Hungarian National Philharmonic
  • Ray Charles and the Alabama Symphony Pops

2003-2004

  • The Beach Boys
  • Verdi Opera Company
  • The Moscow Orchestra
  • Moscow Festival Ballet, Cinderella
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra Pops

2004-2005

  • Neil Sedaka
  • Fiddler On The Roof
  • Prague Symphony Orchestra
  • Spirit Of The Dance
  • Opera Verdi Europa La Boheme (Extra)

2005-2006

  • Compagnia Espansol José Porcel
  • Orchestra Europa
  • “Mame”
  • Helikon Opera, Die Fledermaus
  • Amy Grant

2006-2007

  • AIDA
  • Air Supply
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Lyr Williams pianist
  • Moscow Festival Ballet, Giselle
  • Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
  • Bulgarian State Opera, The Marriage of Figaro

2007-2008

  • LeAnn Rimes
  • The Ten Tenors
  • State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
  • Evita
  • America

2008-2009

  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Marvin Hamlisch: Broadway Gala
  • Dublin Symphony Orchestra
  • Russian National Ballet, Don Quixote
  • CATS

2009-2010

  • Sarah Evans
  • CAMELOT
  • Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Bernadette Peters 
  • Alabama Symphony Orchestra

2010-2011

  • Aaron Neville and his Quintet
  • Opole, Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland
  • Russian National Ballet, Romeo & Juliet, Chopiniana
  • Bowfire
  • Vince Gill

2011-2012

  • Chicago
  • My Fair Lady
  • Tschaikovsky St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Gladys Knight

2012-2013

  • Ronnie Dunn
  • Celtic Woman, A Christmas Celebration
  • China National Symphony  Orchestra
  • Russian National Ballet, A Gala Program
  • A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line

2013-2014

  • Michael McDonald
  • Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel
  • Amy Grant and Vince Gill
  • Smokey Robinson

2014-2015

  • Natalie Cole
  • National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
  • Russian National Ballet, Sleeping Beauty
  • RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles
  • Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton

2015-2016

  • Martina McBride
  • The National Circus and Acrobats of China
  • Celtic Woman, Home for Christmas
  • Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra
  • The Midtown Men

2015-2016

  • Peter Cetera
  • The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
  • Moscow Festival Ballet. Cinderella
  • Fire Irish Tenors
  • Patti LaBelle

2016-2017

  • Kenny Loggins
  • Jason Isbelland the 400 Unit
  • Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
  • Dublin Irish Dance
  • The Commodores

Kenny Loggins


2018-2019

  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Don Felder
  • KC and the Sunshine Band
  • ArtRAGEous
  • Czech National Symphony Orchestra
  • Rockland Road

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