This free-admission concert is presented by Home Federal Bank and sponsored by DV Communications, The Fifth Commandment Fund and WATE-TV

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

One of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 75 education/outreach activities
Saturday, January 24, 2015 Time: 5:00 pm
Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church
3800 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue Knoxville, TN 37914

This concert will be filmed and then telecast on WATE-TV channel 6 on Sunday, February 15th at 3:00pm in celebration of Black History Month.
Full program available here!

“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.

The outstanding lineup of soloists includes Knoxville Opera guest artists Audrey Babcock, Briana Hunter, Brian Cheney, and Ryan Kuster, along with local soloists Evelyn Jack, Sonia Roberts, and Michael Rodgers. “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 event’s program will include Oh for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, You Must Have That True Religion, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Don’t Feel No-ways Tired, Hallelujah is the Highest Praise, Move on Up a Little Higher, Even Me, Amazing Grace, Walk With Me Lord, and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen which Knoxville Opera presented in schools in early January and at the Tennessee Theatre on February 13 and 15, 2015.

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Shown below are photos from Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent! at Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church on October 24, 2010

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Photo by Emily-Rose Bennett, Special to the News Sentinel. Soloist Evelyn Jack practices “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” for the 1st Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent!


What do you get when you combine the glorious sounds of gospel and the magnificence of opera?

1st Annual Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent! from Knoxville Opera on Vimeo.

Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky talks about 2009’s “Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent!,” as gospel choir members practice.

For more information, contact Knoxville Opera Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Michael Torano 865|524|0795 ext 28.

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More on 2009’s 1st Inaugural concert:
First-time concert blends opera, choir performances by Amy McRary, Knoxville News Sentinel
Opera Goes to Church: “A Dream Come True”

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