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The Amadeus Chamber Ensemble performs sacred music by Rossini

Melony Dodson talks with Diana Salesky from the Amadeus Chamber Ensemble about their upcoming performance featuring selections from Rossini's Stabat Mater and Messe Solennelle. This performance is part of the free Cathedral Concert Series hosted by Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville.

The Amadeus Chamber Ensemble kicks off its 2023-2024 season with a concert featuring selections from Rossini's Stabat Mater and Messa Solennelle. Conducted once again by Howard Skinner, this performance will be given at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Northshore Drive in Knoxville on Sunday, September 17th at 5:30pm. Part of the Cathedral Concert Series, this performance is free and open to the public. The soloists are soprano, Rochelle Bard, alto, Diana Salesky, tenor, Aaron Short, and bass, Stephen Morscheck. The orchestra of 40+ musicians will once again be led by concertmaster, Miroslav Hristov.

Rossini composed these two large-scale sacred works towards the end of his life, well after entering early retirement following the huge success of his opera William Tell.

While the performance is free, reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. Additional information can be found at: https://www.shcathedral.org/cathedral-concert-series/

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.