Opry Entertainment and Belmont University are hosting a viewing party in celebration of Country Music, the new eight-part, 16-hour documentary by famed filmmaker Ken Burns. The viewing will be held from 5–9 p.m. CT on Sunday, September 15 at the Grand Ole Opry House, and in addition to screening part one of the documentary, the evening includes a pre-event reception and program and a special 30-minute performance from Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show.
“As the stewards of the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium where so many of the unforgettable moments featured in this film took place, we are thrilled to host this event and support access to quality programming,” said Scott Bailey, president of Opry Entertainment Group. “Like many of our partners in the Nashville community, we have eagerly anticipated the premiere of this film, and we hope it inspires everyone who watches to visit Nashville and experience this one-of-a-kind city for themselves.”
Tickets for this special event are available to the public for $75 and go on sale Friday, August 23 via opry.com/kenburns. Ticket proceeds will benefit Nashville’s local public television station, NPT. Tickets include entry into the Opry’s immersive Circle Room theater experience, the Old Crow Medicine Show performance, a one-year subscription to PBS Passport (a $60 value), two drink tickets, pre-show hors d’oeuvres and a general admission seat in the Opry House to view the two-hour first episode. The first 500 people entering the Opry House will also receive a copy of Old Crow Medicine Show’s forthcoming album, Live at the Ryman.
“We are thrilled to be working with Opry Entertainment Group to bring this exciting opportunity to our viewers and other country music fans,” said Kevin Crane, NPT’s president and CEO.
Country Music premieres on PBS Sunday, September 15 and airs nightly through September 18 and again on September 22-25 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. CT each night. The episodes will stream on station-branded PBS platforms for a limited time. PBS Passport members will be able to stream the entire series for a period of six months beginning September 15.