Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks & Dunn, to headline 2012-13 Knox Concert Series
by LaTonya Darrisaw
ldarrisaw@annistonstar.com
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It was formerly known as the Knox Music Club and presented only classical music until the 1960s. Today, not only has there been a name change, but the music has changed also. The Knox Concert Series provides music and stage lovers with everything from country music and ballets to symphonies and Broadway musicals.

Knox opens its 67th season on Oct. 11 at the Anniston Performing Arts Center with country music crooner Ronnie Dunn who made up half the successful country music and award-winning duo, Brooks & Dunn.

“This is the South, after all, and Knox plucks a stellar entertainer from the roster of country music’s stars at least every other season,” said Patricia Smith, executive director of the Knox Concert Series.

Added to the roster this season is the National Symphony of China, which will perform classical compositions such as Beethoven and musical pieces from Chinese composers on Jan. 19, 2013. This type of symphonic programming always has a place on the stage at Knox and serves a bigger purpose in connecting students to the music as future patrons and supporters, Smith said.

“We are fulfilling our mission to educate young people to classical music, and we hope to create audiences of the future,” said Rick Westbrook, chairman of the board of Knox. Westbrook also said Knox was proud to bring orchestras from abroad to the Anniston area. “It is an opportunity for us to hear outstanding musicians and for our audiences to interact with artists from foreign countries.”

Other programs finishing up the season include The Russian National Ballet of Moscow on Feb. 22, 2013, the Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” on March 14, 2013, and a fifth concert will be announced later this summer. Just in time for the holiday season is the annual performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Alabama Ballet on Dec. 2, although it is not included in the season ticket.

Knox, according to Smith, is “reflective of the goal of presenting only top quality productions and artists from many genres — from classical ballet to Motown — for audiences of all ages.”

Season tickets for the series are $160 for all five shows. For more information, call 256-741-8262 or 256-235-2553.
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