Our most recent concert at the beautiful First Baptist Church was, in many ways, the bittersweet realization of the vision of Knoxville Handel Society co-founders Don King and Wendell Boertje.
That vision has included the presentation of major choral works like Messiah (Parts II and III) with Guest Conductor Don Neuen; Haydn’s Creation, directed by Boertje; a program of spirituals with American Spiritual Ensemble soloists, directed by ASE director Everett McCorvey; great hymns and anthems from diverse traditions.
On April 28, 2019, Knoxville Handel Society members sang with full and heavy hearts as they, accompanied by organ, full orchestra, and bagpipes, presented How Great Thou Art: Glorious Hymns & Classical Anthems mere days after the passing of Don King, their beloved, energetic co-director who lovingly planned every detail of the concert.
From the opening procession of the piper, the wide-ranging musical selections, with audience participation in heritage hymns, the souls of all present were stirred in a beautiful tribute to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Tears flowed in sadness and gratitude as we rested in the beauty of the evening.
(This description was written by a participating member of Knoxville Handel Society.)
How Great Thou Art | Glorious Hymns and Classical Anthems | April 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Venue: 510 W Main Street, Knoxville TN 37902.