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.
Knoxville Handel Society, a multi-generational community choir, returns to The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for its fall concert of American Spirituals.
The performance of Haydn’s Creation on April 29 opened the Cathedral Concert Series to a standing-room-only audience. It was thrilling to witness the oratorio in the beautiful sacred space of Sacred Heart.
If you experienced The Creation with KHS, the impact of that evening has had profound effect. Choir, soloists, orchestra and conductor Wendell Boertje were invigorated by the eager faces of the audience. It was intimate and deeply moving. Knoxville Handel Society continues to present dynamic masterworks and promote the Choral Arts.
Dr. Everett McCorvey is Guest Conductor for American Spirituals Concert November 18
Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is the setting for the American Spirituals Concert. Everett McCorvey is Guest Conductor. McCorvey is founder and Music Director of internationally recognized American Spiritual Ensemble, a dynamic group of professional musicians. Four soloists from American Spiritual Ensemble will join Knoxville Handel Society to add vibrancy to this performance of American Negro Spirituals on November 18. Well-known spirituals will be powerfully presented by Knoxville Handel Society. This concert will stir hearts and spirits, and encourages broader participation in the community. Purchase tickets early to ensure your enjoyment of a spectacular event!
Tickets are available now through Knoxville Tickets at 865.656.4444 or online.
Purchase tickets here at knoxvilletickets.com.
Adults $20; groups of 4 or more $15; College students $10; K-12 Students no charge. NO CHARGE tickets for Students K -12 must be ordered in person at the Thompson-Boling Arena Box Office.
Almost one year has passed since the fledgling community choir, Knoxville Handel Society, brought its first concert, Handel’s Messiah Parts 2 & 3, to the Tennessee Theatre. With a commitment to perform choral masterworks and to promote Choral Art, Knoxville Handel Society presented a concert of best-loved classical masterworks November 12, accompanied by orchestra and magnificent pipe organ.
We are elated to announce our Spring Concert, The Creation, by Franz Joseph Haydn. The oratorio will be performed Sunday, April 29 at 7:00 PM in the newly completed Sacred Heart Cathedral. Many of you have watched the progress of this impressive structure over two years of construction. It is a dream come true to anticipate singing in this inspiring sacred space. We are extending this extraordinary opportunity for you to be part of the first performance of the Cathedral Concert Series in the new Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral. The multi-generational KHS choir will be enhanced by 30-piece orchestra and professional soloists: Jami Rogers-Anderson, soprano; Michael Bundon, tenor; and Andrew Wentzel, bass. Wendell Boertje, KHS Music Director, will conduct.
Hayden’s The Creation |April 29 at 7:00 PM | Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus | 711 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville TN 37919
The Creation is the highly esteemed oratorio depicting the Creation of the world, based on the Genesis biblical account of creation, and John Milton’s poem, Paradise Lost. The KHS performance will include selected solos and choruses, somewhat abbreviated, due to the original score being quite lengthy.
Tickets for The Creation are available online at KnoxvilleTickets.com or by calling Knoxville Tickets at 865.656.4444.
Adults $20; groups of 4 or more $15; College students $10; K-12 Students no charge. We encourage purchase of tickets in advance due to the expectation of a large audience.
Alleluia! Music of Masters | November 12, 2017
Messiah Parts 2 and 3 | April 2nd, 2017