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Christopher Tin's "The Lost Birds" is a warning about our own fragile existence on Earth

Melony Dodson talks with Knoxville Choral Society music director, John Orr. Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will join the chorus in its performance of Christopher Tin's The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy

The Knoxville Choral Society (KCS) will perform Christopher Tin's The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy, Friday, March 1st, 7:30pm at Central Bearden Baptist Church in Knoxville. Led by Dr. John Orr, the choral society will be joined by members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, the concert will feature solo performances from the 2023-2024 KCS Scholarship winners, Gracie Webb, Kevin Spooner, and Adrian Peña.

The Lost Birds incorporates poetry by Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Sara Teasdale. It not only serves as a musical memorial to bird species that have become extinct, but also as a warning about our own fragile existence on this planet. Tin is a multi-Grammy award-winning composer of film and video-game soundtracks. His music is sweeping, romantic, dramatic, and cinematic.

Tickets and additional information available online at: https://www.knoxvillechoralsociety.org/event-5324578

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.