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A New Weekly for Knoxville: ‘The Knoxville Mercury’

The demise of the newsweekly Metro Pulse at the hands of its parent company, E.W. Scripps, two months ago, was painful for both its staff and its Knoxville readership. For many—and there is actual evidence to support this—Metro Pulse was the voice of the Knoxville downtown’s miraculous revitalization and of Knoxville’s cultural scene. Its closure seemed to leave a gaping hole in Knoxville’s life and a dead-end for many of Knoxville’s small business advertisers.

Happily, those two months were not without significant progress being made on an entity to take the place of Metro Pulse, both in spirit and reality. Participants in the most recent staffing of Metro Pulse have joined with some dedicated and interested parties in Knoxville to create a somewhat rare, but not unheard of, enterprise—the Knoxville History Project—a new non-profit organization that will support a for-profit weekly newspaper to be called the Knoxville Mercury. The goal is to “ensure the new enterprise’s long-term sustainability with a combination of public, private, and commercial revenue sources.” (Check the Knoxville History Project link above for information on its other goals and activities.)

Jack Neely, who had served as Associate Editor of Metro Pulse for most of its life, will be the Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project and will continue to write his immensely popular column in the new paper. Coury Turczyn will return as Editor and Matthew Everett will return as A&E Editor. Tricia Bateman has come on as Art Director; Jerry Collins will be the Business Manager.

Most of the contributing writers will return, including yours truly as the Knoxville Mercury‘s classical music critic.

The paper is aiming for a mid-February first issue.

Because the project will depend on a variety of revenue sources, a Kickstarter campaign is underway to get the first year off to a start. You can visit that Kickstarter page here.

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Vienna State Opera Offers Streaming Service

The Vienna State Opera’s new streaming service has a wonderfully descriptive video explaining the program–

 

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Delingerfest, the Work of Larry Delinger, Begins Oct 24

Larry Delinger

Larry Delinger

Check out the information on DELINGERFEST, a program of events centered on the music of composer Larry Delinnger running from 10/24 thru 11/16, at ArtsKnoxville.

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At Arts Knoxville: A Catharsis and a KSO Review

My review of the weekend’s KSO performance (and a cathartic explanation of events) can be found at my new Arts Knoxville blog. Thanks for reading.

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Alt-Weekly Metro Pulse Shut Down by E.W. Scripps

Metro Pulse, the alt-weekly newspaper that carries my classical/new music commentary in Knoxville, has been shut down by its parent company, E.W. Scripps.

At least for the short term, local reviews will be hosted at:

http://artsknoxville.wordpress.com/

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Important Link Updates

For those of you that follow the classical music news on Classical Cafe, my blog on the website of Knoxville’s Metro Pulse, you’ll need to know that the web addresses for that blog have changed. This is only meaningful if you have bookmarked the previous links; following the old links will continue to take you to the archived material, but that material will not be updated or reflect current or future posts.

The new address to Classical Cafe is http://classicalcafe.metropulse.com

Thanks for reading.

 

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Happy Winter Solstice!

Happy Winter Solstice!icicles2010

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