* August 3 has Wendel returning to Holler! Performing Arts Center with a band he has recently put together consisting of three sax players and four additional singers. Kerry Morrison, Ruth Johnson, and Peggy Terpstra make up the horns while Anna Caroline Causey, Alison Werner, Betsy Sonewald, and Caitlin Wood round out the singers. The $15 concert starts at 8pm. Audience members are encouraged to bring a shared dessert to the BYOB event.
*August 4 will see Wendel making his debut as a headliner at Knoxville's Jig and Reel, in the Old City area. He performed there once accompanying singer Katy Free. This time, he will be working with bassist Jeremy Carriger and guitarist Harold Nagge. He will playing from 10pm-1am.
*August 10 sees Wendel traveling to Crossville, Tn. with Anna Caroline Causey, Alison Werner, Betsy Sonewald, and Caitlin Wood to give a concert at in the historic Palace Theatre, 7pm CST.
*August 12 is the first of two times Alan Eleazer and Wendel Werner will present concerts. This night will find them giving a free concert in Alcoa, Tn. at First United Methodist Church. The concert starts at 6pm.
*A WEEKEND WITH WENDEL: August 23, 24, and 25. FIRST OF ALL...the 8/24 CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT!!
Wendel is back in Tellico Village with a three-night residency presenting three entirely different concerts: a jazz night, a night of Broadway music, and a night of the blues. A final list of guests has been revealed. Wendel will be joined the leader of Ensemble Swingtime, Deidre Ford on Jazz Night. (8/23) Alan Eleazer will join him for Broadway Night. (8/24) Horn players Kerry Morrison, Peggy Terpstra, and Ruth Johnson will be on stage with him on Blues Night. (8/25) And...YES...singers Anna Caroline Causey, Alison Werner, Betsy Soenwald, and Caitlin Wood singing with him on ALL THRE NIGHTS. No music will be repeated throughout the three concerts. There a just a few tickets left for the Jazz concert and the Blues concert. Contact the Tellico Villgae Community Playhouse for tickets.
*August 29 is the second of two free concerts Alan Eleazer and Wendel Werner are presenting this month. This one is at Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tn. Concert starts at 6:30pm
*THE ANNUAL BEATLES BIRTHDAY BASH will happen on Friday August 31. 8pm. HOLLER! Performing Arts Center. $10 suggested donation. Special guests include: Len Causey, Grant Rhodes, Peggy Terpstra, Kerry Morrison, Anna Caroline Causey, Alison Werner, and Caitlin Wood. More special guests to be announced. Wendel is expecting to have over 20 guests on this concert.
Wendel Werner, known as Knoxville's pianist, is an accomplished singer, director, composer, producer, teacher and clinician. His career began in 1974, as he sat behind the piano for the first time. Born in Little Rock, AR, he found himself traveling the United States as a child of the US Air Force. High school found him in Memphis, TN where he helped win the Best Jazz Band award, and won the Best Soloist award from the Dogwood Arts Jazz Festival. He went on to compose and direct his high school's musical his Senior year.
Wendel received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Tennessee, and was hired to teach at a local college before finishing his graduate studies. He has worked as the pianist or music director for over ten churches, and has taught at six colleges.
Wendel has released over 12 albums, including four with singer Alan Eleazer, four with saxophonist Terry Schmidt, and several solo albums including his gospel album entitled "Spiritual," and a blues album entitled "Cool by Design." A new album is planned for 2019.
He is in high demand as a music director and lecturer, and travels regularly as a performer. Wendel is also Modern Studio's 2018 Artist-in-Residence, which includes a solo performance each month in addition to curating a concert series and producing/directing several shows.
Wendel is available for your private event, wedding, or party. Please Contact Us to learn more.