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Gala 2017

University of Tennessee, School of Music

Gala 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Cherokee Country Club
5138 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Join us for a Night in the Caribbean full of wonderful music, fine dining, and lively auctions! All contributions from this black tie event will fund scholarships to attract the very best young musicians to the University of Tennessee, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Pilot Flying J. 

The evening will feature entertainment by outstanding School of Music students and faculty. A cocktail reception with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. with entertainment throughout and live auction to follow.

Live Auction items include:

  • Exclusive private concerts by School of Music artists at your home or event
  • A fascinating week for two at an all-inclusive Bahia Principe Caribbean resort plus a $1500 travel budget
  • A magical epicurean dining evening for four at Blackberry Farm
  • A week at charming Bel Nor Cottage on Anna Maria Island near Sarasota
  • Caribbean dinner for eight at Belvedere, home of Karen and Harvey White, featuring UT’s Andy Bliss and Cafe Marimba

Silent Auction items include:

  • Two matted/framed cross-sections of “Columns”
  • Stained glass treble clef in UT orange
  • Six matted/unframed Wildflower Series photos
  • Spring Street, NY dragonfly card holder
  • “Heart for Africa” silver, pearls, crystal beads handcrafted long necklace
  • Rick Terry orange leather double bracelet with silver music note/jewelry cleaner
  • "Heart for Africa" silver, pearls, turquoise stones, handcrafted long necklace
  • Nepal handcrafted coral and lapis lazuli necklace
  • “Heart for Africa” brass, crystals, green stones handcrafted medium necklace with earrings
  • Eli Jewels designer sterling silver necklace with diamond accent from Markman Jewelers
  • “Heart for Africa” silver circle necklace; silver and crystal earrings set
  • “Heart for Africa” handcrafted leather and silverbeads heart-themed bracelet
  • “Heart for Africa” handcrafted silver/black beads two-strand Coptic cross long necklace
  • Coffee basket from Fresh Market
  • $100 Foothills Milling Company gift card
  • $200 Fresh Market gift card
  • Wine Gift Basket from The Village Exchange
  • “Nights on the Town” restaurant gift cards basket and tropical fish votive holder
  • “Breakfast to Dinner” restaurant gift cards basket and chrome wine server
  • Four $25 gift certificates to Blue Heron Restaurant at Tellico Village Yacht Club
  • “A Wine-derful Evening” in a gift box
  • “Sunny Days, Balmy Nights” cookbook and $50 gift card from Bliss Home
  • “Sake to Me, Sake to Me" basket
  • Salon Aquarius haircut and color
  • Jessica's Healing Arts one-hour massage
  • $100 Janice Ann’s Fashions gift card
  • $100 Signature facial and $200 area dysport with Dr. Stephen Lazarus
  • G. Carlton Salon pedicure gift certificate and musical-themed polishing cloth
  • Pashmina & Silk Shawl and musical scarf
  • “Pampered Pet” basket with $50 gift card from PetSmart
  • Kosta Boda large green Twister bowl from Glass Bazaar
  • 42" x 30" rustic-framed mirror from Painted Pig
  • $200 framing certificate from A.C. Moore
  • Bill Capshaw 1996 large, handthrown decorative art Raku pottery vase
  • Cocobolo tropical hardwood plate with stand
  • Two (lying, sitting) handglazed ceramic bulldogs
  • Stringed instrument wooden footstool
  • Clay planter with plants from Stanley's Greenhouse
  • 7 1/2" tall, blue/green handmade art vase with palm trees
  • 7" diameter figured maple bowl with stand
  • Peacock feather-designed porcelain ginger jar lamp with white shade from Westwood Antiques
  • Cocobolo tropical hardwood plate with stand
  • 52" tall, pink metal Flamingo garden art sculpture
  • Queen-sized silk spread with elephants and deep fringe in brick-red/gold colors from
  • Sri Lanka
  • “Lucky Bucket” of Lottery tickets
  • Two season tickets to 2017-18 KSO Moxley-Carmichael Masterworks series
  • Dinner for two with overnight stay in luxury cabin at Appalachian Bistro and Dancing Bear Lodge
  • Jumbie Jam Chrome Steel Pan with extras
  • Two tickets to “Turandot” and “Aida” by the Knoxville Opera
  • Complimentary Log Cabin Family membership to James White’s Fort (2017-18) + extras
  • Jumbie Jam Blue with backpack + extras
  • Two-hour fly-casting lesson for four
  • The T'Ing (sounds like African bell or brake drum)
  • Four-night stay on Norris Lake in Kingfisher cabin
  • “All Things Considered” silent guest with Brandon Hollingsworth at WUOT radio
  • Two Preview Night tickets to 2017-18 season at Clarence Brown Theatre
  • Two season tickets to 2017-18 Young Pianists Series

Sponsorship packages and tickets

All funds raised at this event go to School of Music student scholarships.

$5000 Virtuoso Sponsor

  • Table for 10 at the Gala
  • 2 bottles of champagne
  • 2 tickets to the Spring 2017 UT opera
  • Recognition in the Gala program, displays, and promotional materials
  • Recognition at the Gala

$2500 Maestro Sponsor

  • Table for 8 at the Gala
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Recognition in the Gala program
  • Recognition at the Gala

$1000 Impresario Sponsor

  • 4 tickets to the Gala
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Recognition in the Gala program

$500 Aficionado Sponsor

  • 2 tickets to the Gala
  • A bottle of champagne
  • Recognition in the Gala program
Individual tickets $200


Please RSVP by March 24. For questions or to RSVP by phone, contact Tracy Viles at 865-974-7547


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