91-year-old pianist celebrates 36 years at Knoxville Crowne Plaza

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Knoxville has seen a lot of change over the last few decades, but there’s one local musician that has remained constant throughout the years.

Sarah Bommelje, 91, celebrated 36 years of playing piano at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Knoxville earlier this month. However, Bommelje says she’s been playing piano since she was just five years old. 

She says her favorite songs to play are show tunes because they’re love songs. 

“Just the love of people loving the things I play,” Bommelje said when asked what she loves most about what she does.

She says while Knoxville has changed over the years, the music people want to here has stayed the same. 

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