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The Amadeus Chamber Ensemble Presents "Verdi in the Cathedral"

Glenn Kahler

Melony Dodson talks with Maestro Brian Salesky about "Verdi in the Cathedral", presented by the Amadeus Chamber Ensemble

The Amadeus Chamber Ensemble presents "Verdi in the Cathedral" on Sunday, October 23rd at 5pm. This performance is part of the Cathedral Concert Series, hosted by the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, located on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The program will include selections from several of Verdi's operas, which are set in sacred spaces, including Don Carlo, La Forza del Destino, and I Lombardi, as well as the Offertorio from his Requiem. Soloists will include soprano, Rochelle Bard, mezzo-soprano, Diana Salesky, tenor, Aaron Short, baritone, Christian Bowers, bass, David Crawford, and violinist, Miroslav Hristov. Brian Salesky will conduct a full orchestra and male chorus in this grand performance, which is free of admission. Tickets are required, however, and can be obtained online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cathedral-concert-verdi-in-the-cathedral-tickets-427846268707

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.