Music is back at the Tennessee Theatre for the first time since COVID-19 came to Knoxville

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No one will notice, but Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock anticipates a big smile beneath her mask when guests walk through the venue’s golden doors this weekend.

The theater is welcoming back concertgoers for the first time since March 13, 2020, when Amy Grant rocked the stage and COVID-19 rocked the world.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra,which kicked off its residency with the theater in 1985, will perform two Chamber Classics ensemble shows Sunday in front of a limited-capacity audience.

“It is hard to put into words,” Hancock said about her excitement. “I describe the theater sitting empty like a racehorse in the starting gate — just not doing what it’s built to do. A racehorse is built to run, and this theater is built to have a bunch of people in it.”

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