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ISC plans to introduce winter series


For the first time in its history, the International Storytelling Center will offer a winter performance series.

Expanding on its regular season, which traditionally ends in December, ISC will launch a new eight-week Storytelling Online series on Thursday, Feb. 25. All performances will take place online, building on the state-of-the-art platform that the organization developed for its National Storytelling Festival.

“For everyone’s safety, our storytelling concerts need to stay online for now,” ISC president Kiran Singh Sirah said. “We think it’s a unique opportunity to expand the ISC calendar.”

ISC has chosen 12 storytellers to celebrate the milestone. For the Feb. 25 launch, the Reverend Robert B. Jones will bring his soul-stirring stories and songs to the screen. Like all Storytelling Online concerts, Jones’s show will air on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. But it will remain available to watch any time until the following Monday. The $15 ticket covers everyone in the household, so the whole family can watch for the price of one ticket.

For a limited time, ISC will also offer discounted seasonal tickets for the winter series. With a pass, viewers can enjoy all eight shows for just $75.

The eight-week lineup will include two group performances. Beth Horner, Noa Baum and Alton Chung will each tell a story for the March 4 concert. Then a select group of tellers will come together for a children’s concert for the last show on April 22.

Other popular performers who will be performing for the winter series include Andy Offutt Irwin, Mara Menzie, Tim Lowry, and Kim Weitkamp.

The full lineup, individual tickets, and season passes are available on the ISC website at, or call 800-952-8392.

Storytelling Online is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, Ballad Health, Food City, Eastman Credit Union, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Hillhouse Creative.