© 2024 WUOT

209 Communications Building
1345 Circle Park Drive
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0322
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

The Knoxville Choral Society Performs Music By John Legend, Ed Sheeran, and Ola Gjeilo

The genre of Choral Music can mean a lot of different things. It can refer to major works, such as Requiems, Masses, or Choral Symphonies. It can refer to sacred anthems or spirtuals, often sung during religious services. The term Choral Music can also refer to the abundance of short secular works that are performed in a variety of settings including, of course, your standard concert hall.

The Knoxville Choral Society, led by John Orr, is striving to perform it all. Earlier this season, the ensemble participated in a performance of John Williams' soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Soon after, they performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Now, the choir will present an evening of contemporary choral music featuring songs by pop artists such as John Legend and Ed Sheeran, rousing spirituals arranged by Stacey Gibbs, and sublime music by choral "superstars" Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. 

"Sing! Knoxville" will be presented at the Bijou Theatre on Sunday, May 19th at 7:30pm. More information is available online at http://knoxvillechoralsociety.org

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.