One of Knoxville Opera’s 85 Education and Outreach Activities Offered Yearly

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Location to be announced

This free-admission concert is presented by Home Federal Bank and is sponsored by The Fifth Commandment Fund.

“I think we learn to know each other better; I think we learn to appreciate each other’s culture better.” – Brian Salesky

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“We are the only opera company in the world that has its own Gospel Choir and we are proud to present our eclectic repertoire featuring outstanding local and visiting guest artists. Our performances are an inspiration to both the performers and our very enthusiastic audience. We always make sure to give them something to cheer about!” said Jeanie Turner Melton who will conduct the 40-voice Choir. Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky will accompany the solo opera artists.

“We are privileged to contribute to our community with this unique event that unites patrons and fans who appreciate diverse musical cultures” said Salesky, “and we are most grateful for the support of our generous sponsors which makes this concert possible.”  The outstanding lineup of soloists includes Knoxville Opera’s international guest artists Claire Coolen, Jenni Bank, Joshua Kohl, Sean Anderson, and Robert Orth along with local soloists Evelyn Jack, Yolanda Johnson, Michael Rodgers, and Ernest Woods.

The inspiring, humorous, and ravishing program will include Let us go, How far we’ve come, Free at last, There’s a balm in Gilead, Ezekiel saw de wheel, My soul has been anchored in the Lord, He’s done enough, We’re blessed, and excerpts from The Wiz and Knoxville Opera’s 2016-2017 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Puccini’s La Bohème, and Donizetti’s Mary Queen of Scots.