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What is French Grand Opera? Conductor, Brian Salesky explains

Melony Dodson talks with conductor, Brian Salesky, about French Grand Opera and the Amadeus Chamber Ensemble's upcoming performance, "French Opera Jewels."

The Amadeus Chamber Ensemble presents its second concert of the season, "French Opera Jewels", on Sunday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. Maestro Brian Salesky will conduct the orchestra, chorus, and guest soloists in selections from 19th century French Grand Opera, including Faust, William Tell, The Tales of Hoffmann, Lakme, and many others. The performance will be given at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Northshore Dr. in Knoxville as part of the Cathedral Concert Series. The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. Reservations can be made here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cathedral-concert-amadeus-chamber-ensemble-orchestra-chorus-tickets-814418215807

In this interview, Maestro Salesky outlines the characteristics that make French Grand Opera unique. He explains why composers wrote different versions of their operas, depending on where it was to be performed, and he gives engaging background information about two selections that will be presented on the concert: "Rachel, quand du Seigneur" from Halévy's La Juive and the Epilogue Quartet from Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann.

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.