“I think we learn to know each other better; I think we learn to appreciate each other’s culture better,” – Brian Salesky
Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church
3800 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Knoxville, TN
Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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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What do you get when you combine the glorious sounds of gospel and the magnificence of opera?
Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky talks about 2009′s “Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent!,” as gospel choir members practice.
Multiple standing ovations by a crowd of 1,000 that have shouted “hallelujah” at the three previous performances of Knoxville Opera Goes to Church…A Celebration of Talent! The 4th annual concert, sponsored by Home Federal Bank, will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir and local soloists together with Knoxville Opera artists in a unique presentation of gospel, spirituals, opera and Broadway highlights. The free-admission concert, one of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 75 education/outreach activities, will take place on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church (3800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue). East TN PBS will be recording the concert to be telecast later in the year.
Jeanie Turner Melton along with Knoxville Opera Maestro Brian Salesky, will conduct the 50-voice Gospel Choir. “We are the only opera company in the world that has its own Gospel Choir and we’re 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 make sure to give them something to cheer about!” said Ms. Melton.
The outstanding lineup of soloists includes Knoxville Opera artist Kevin Thompson along with Evelyn Jack, Maria Clark and Renee Richardson. Russian soprano Julia Lima, star of Knoxville Opera’s October production of Die Fledermaus, will make a special guest appearance as well. “We are privileged to contribute to our community with this unique event that unites patrons and fans who appreciate diverse musical cultures for one glorious afternoon” said Salesky, “and we are most grateful for the support of Home Federal Bank which makes this concert possible.”
The event’s program will include Glorious, And He Blessed My Soul, Why Should I be Bound, I Can Go to God in Prayer, Amazing Grace, Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, and excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Kern’s Showboat and Bellini’s Norma, Admission is free and early arrival is highly recommended.
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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