Knoxville Opera goes to church

The Knoxville Opera Gospel Choir (local soloists together with Knoxville Opera artists) will present gospel, spirituals, and highlights from the popular opera Carmen.

The free-admission concert, one of Knoxville Opera’s yearly 75 education/outreach activities, will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at Greater Warner Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church, 3800 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, 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 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.

Lula Chesney, Edna Underwood, Ajaya Kennedy, Therra Jamison30