Knoxville Opera Goes to Church


presents the
10th Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 5:30
New Covenant Baptist Church
10319 Starkey Lane, Knoxville, TN 37932

Multiple standing ovations by a large crowd who have shouted “hallelujah” at the nine previous performances of Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent! The 10th annual concert, sponsored by Home Federal Bank and The Fifth Commandment Fund will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir and local soloists together with Knoxville Opera artists in a unique presentation of gospel, spirituals, and operatic gems.  The free-admission concert, one of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 100 education/outreach activities, will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at New Covenant Baptist Church, 10319 Starkey Lane in Knoxville.

“We are excited to share our music with our audience at this concert celebrating the 10th Birthday of the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir. The 41 singers and seven instrumentalists represent 20 churches from eight areas in and around Knoxville and Nashville. Our goal is to unite all people in communal love through the eclectic combination of repertoire we present. It is an inspiration to both performers and our very enthusiastic audience,” said Jeanie Turner Melton, Choir Director.

The program’s gospel/spiritual selections will include When all God’s children get together, Glorious everlasting, Give me Jesus, Ride on King Jesus, King of Kings, Listen to the lambs, Oh how I love Jesus, The Lamb of God, It pays to serve Jesus, Mighty God, Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, and Outstanding.  Opera arias and duets from Porgy and Bess, The Barber of Seville, and Gianni Schicchi will also be featured.

The outstanding lineup of soloists includes local artists Evelyn Jack, Michael Rodgers, and Karen Nickell.  Brandie Sutton and Brittany Robinson are among the Knoxville Opera guest artists who will be accompanied by Maestro Brian Salesky.  “We are privileged to contribute to our community with this unique event that unites all music fans who appreciate diverse cultures” said Salesky, “and we are most grateful for the support of our generous sponsors who make this concert possible.”

Photos from the 2017 Knoxville Opera Goes to Church! concert

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