Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Opera Goes to Church, the 9th annual concert, will feature the Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir and local soloists together with Knoxville Opera artists in a unique presentation of gospel, spirituals, and opera highlights. The free-admission concert, one of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 100 education/outreach activities, will take place on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Overcoming Believers Church, 120 S. Bell Street, in Knoxville.
“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 30-voice Choir.
The event’s program will present a unique mixture of gospel, spirituals, and opera, including High Praise, I’m Going Away, What is This?, It is Well with my Soul, City Called Heaven, If I Tell God, I’m Chasing After You, and excerpts from Porgy and Bess and Turandot which Knoxville Opera is presenting in schools in early January and at the Tennessee Theatre on February 23 and 25, 2018.
The outstanding lineup of soloists includes local artists Evelyn Jack, Earl Smith, Lloyd Gable, Shirley Herbert, Francis Harshaw, and Rekeenya Cunningham. Catherine Daniel, Rochelle Bard, and Scott Bearden are among the Knoxville Opera guest artists who will be accompanied by Maestro Brian Salesky at the concert.
This year’s concert is sponsored by Home Federal Bank and The Fifth Commandment Fund.