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Holiday Sparkles & Spirits to Benefit The Joy of Music School

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Friends and supporters of The Joy of Music School are invited to a magical evening Friday, Dec. 9, from 6-10 p.m., at Cherokee Mills in the heart of Knoxville. It’s the sixth annual Holiday Sparkles & Spirits, benefiting The Joy of Music School.

As always, the event will feature live and silent auctions of fine wine and beautiful jewelry from around the world. But there’s a new twist for 2011. Attendees at this year’s Holiday Sparkles & Spirits will also be able to bid on a wide variety of products and services in categories such as arts and culture, travel, food, sports, home and garden and more. There is something for everyone on your list. And while you treat yourself and those you love, you will also be providing music lessons and instruments for local children who cannot otherwise afford them.

There will be a special performance by students in The Joy of Music School Youth Choir. They will be joined by a handful of young soloists from the school.

“The kids are so excited about playing and singing at this terrific event,” said Francis Graffeo, Executive Director of The Joy of Music School. “Everyone here is getting in the holiday mood, from the students to teachers to the staff.”

Knoxville’s Superstition Quartet, a lively, all-women a cappella group, will also entertain guests, performing a variety of songs in the four-part barbershop style.

The proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales and all auction items will help underwrite the children’s studies at The Joy of Music School, a nonprofit organization that opens its doors to kids whose opportunities are limited by circumstances beyond their control, and allows them freely to enjoy the gift of music and the benefit of a music education.

“The Joy of Music School students are unique, talented youngsters who deserve our respect,” said Kurt Weiss, President of The Joy of Music School Board of Directors.  “They are taught by a volunteer music faculty whose devotion is at the heart of our operations. This event raises funds that ensure we can continue to put 75 teachers and 175 students together in weekly lessons and provide for everything their musical imaginations can create. But more than that, we must do all we can do to reach the 80-plus kids on our waiting list.”

Tickets for the event are $85 per person. They can be obtained by contacting the school at (865) 525-6806.

The Joy of Music School provides free weekly lessons and instruments to disadvantaged and at-risk children. Young people, who would otherwise do without, learn, practice and play in a nurturing environment. Founded in 1998, the school believes that all young people should have the opportunity to experience and create music regardless of income. 

Event: Holiday Sparkles & Spirits, a benefit for The Joy of Music School
Date: Friday, December 9, 6-10 p.m.
Location: Cherokee Mills, 2200-2800 Sutherland Ave., Knoxville (free, convenient parking)
Price: $85 per person (includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine; cash bar)

Photo credit: The Joy of Music School

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