From rousing production numbers to intimate, down-home songs—delivered with a raw, acoustic sentiment akin to Nashville’s Bluebird Café—join a global cast of students, alumni, faculty, and an array of special guests for an unforgettable evening filled with Dolly Parton’s greatest hits and deep cuts. Supported by a full rhythm section, strings, horns, and background vocalists, the audience will traverse Parton’s formative years steeped in spirituals and gospel music in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains; her trademark country writing and late ’70s/early ’80s pop crossover boom; and most recently, her return to Appalachian folk, bluegrass, and old-world Celtic music.
A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, businesswoman, producer, author, and humanitarian, Parton is a living legend whose integrity, charisma, and indomitable spirit remain unabated. Topping 100 million in record sales around the world, Parton is one of the most honored female country performers of all time, with 26 no. 1 songs, eight Grammy Awards, 46 Grammy nominations, and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The concert is produced by Maureen McMullan, with assistant professor Kevin Barry serving as musical director.