The second concert in this series is Saturday, October 17, at 7:00 pm at The Community Church at Tellico Village and tickets are available for $10. More information available here

Information below pertains to the concert held Sep. 26, at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church

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

One of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 75 education/outreach activities
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Time: 3:30 pm
Fifth Avenue Baptist Church
2500 E 5th Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914

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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.

The outstanding lineup of soloists includes Knoxville Opera guest artists Scott Bearden, Donovan Singletary, Cody Austin, and Julia Lima along with local soloists Evelyn Jack, Michael Rodgers, and Ernest Woods. “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.”

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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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