Upcoming Performances & Other News

Upcoming Performances & Other News/

7th Annual MACA Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament

Links at Kahite Registration Brochure

Monroe Area Council for the Arts & Friends of the Arts will host the 7th Annual MACA Spring Open at the Links at Kahite on the shores of Tellico Lake in Vonore, TN Saturday, March 19 with a shotgun start at 9:30 A.M. Net proceeds from the tournament support arts programs for the children, families, and communities of Monroe County.

The entry fee is $85 per person and includes greens fees & cart; unlimited range balls, complimentary beverage cart; continental breakfast; and a signature pasta buffet lunch, sponsored by University General Surgeons of UT Knoxville.

The event features Great Prizes, including a free drawing to choose from a variety of gift baskets, and an opportunity to win a brand new Ford automobile, courtesy of Jacky Jones Ford of Sweetwater.


Specialty License Plates Support the Arts in Tennessee!


Tennessee Specialty License Plates—which support over 100 different organizations and charities—are now available as gifts through a new website hosted by the State Department Treasury office at tngiftcenter.com/giftatag.

Each GIFT-A-TAG is good for the purchase of a Specialty License Plate or the personalization of any license plate. GIFT-A-TAG vouchers are $35 and you can buy as many as you want for your family and friends.

You can also use your Gift-A-Tag to renew your Specialty License Plate or the personalization of your license plate. Just redeem the voucher online or mail in with your check.

Its easy to order:

Go to tngiftcenter.com/giftatag
Click on the purchase button below and select the number of vouchers needed
Complete the credit card information and check your email for your GIFT-A-TAG Vouchers
You can then EMAIL your GIFT-A-TAG Vouchers to your recipients or PRINT for a hard copy
The lucky receiver of your gift should then check out the available Specialty License Plates ONLINE or complete the application to personalize a license plate
The last step is for the recipients to go to their local County Clerk’s office to redeem the voucher and pick up their own specialty license plate
For Personalized Plates, the County Clerk will contact them when the plate is ready

Friday, February 26, 2016: The Malpass Brothers – A Season Ticket Event!

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“They remind me a lot of myself and people that I knew when I was young…They have their hearts in what we call “traditional” country music. It’s important to me that we cultivate young talent for that kind of music” ~Merle Haggard.

The Malpass Brothers toured as part of the Merle Haggard show for four years and their new  Crossroads/Organic Records release was  produced by Bluegrass Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson. Christopher Malpass says, “This is who we are…My brother Taylor and I do the type of music we do because this music speaks to us, and speaks to the souls of its listener. Every song portrays life’s joys, heartaches, problems and happiness. It comes from the heart, and has depth and truth. Our goal, really, is to see this music be revived, to help ensure it doesn’t fade away. It is so encouraging to have young people come to our shows with a new interest in our ‘old music.’ www.themalpassbrothers.com

Tickets: Adult/$20; Student/$10

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30pm: Christopher Janwong McKiggan at Sweetwater Elementary – A Season Ticket Event!

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Performance at Sweetwater Elementary School, 301 Broad St., Sweetwater  

Hailed as a pianist with “astounding technique… startling poise and control” (Kansas City Star) and “astonishing virtuosity and piano coloration” (The Citizen), Christopher has won numerous awards, including a top prize as a laureate and finalist at the prestigious 12th UNISA International Piano Competition (WFIMC) 2012.  Having been heavily involved with contemporary music, he has performed world premieres of multiple modern compositions including works by Robert Beaser, Howard Shore, and Atsuhiko Gondai.

Born in Christchurch, England, Christopher began studying piano at age six. He moved to Thailand at age seven, residing with his British father and mother, a Thai citizen of Chinese heritage. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri as a Bachelor of Music studying under Dr. Robert Weirich. Christopher is currently studying at Rice  University for a Doctorate of Musical Arts Piano Performance. www.kmpartists.com

Tickets: Adult/$15; Student/$5

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30pm: Jesse Cook – A Season Ticket Event!

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The MACA audience asked and MACA responded! Jesse Cook, perhaps the most popular performer ever to take the stage at Hiwassee College, will return for a third appearance. As always, Cook’s unique guitar style, a hybrid of classical, flamenco, and jazz music continues to evolve.

Over the years, Cook has cross-pollinated his music with musical traditions across the world. “For me,” says Cook, “the question has always been: Where did you go? Where did you take your guitar?” However, this time, the Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook changed course for his ninth studio album One World. Instead of exotic locales, he stayed home in his studio. “I wanted to make what I was doing feel like Constantinople, the ancient city that existed between the East and the West. It was the meeting point of all these great cultures — Africa, Europe, Asia, India. I want my music to be that place: The Constantinople of sound. A place where ancient sounds meet with modern ones and pass though that port.” www.jessecook.com
Tickets: Adult/$20; $10/student   Directions to Hiwassee College


Specialty License Plates

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Purchase a Tennessee Arts Specialty License plate for your vehicle to show your support of the Tennessee Arts Commission!

Available at the Monroe County Clerk’s office