The Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus took to the stage April 13th for the 18th annual Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival featuring music from their upcoming show “Make Your Own Kind of Music”.
The annual festival is a gift to the Knoxville community and has been designated a “legacy event” by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and serves as a celebration of the performing arts. The public enjoys 11 consecutive hours of live entertainment on several outdoor stages (opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles). This unique event transforms downtown Knoxville into a European-style pedestrian street mall appropriate for the entire family. The Rossini Festival has entertained over 500,000 people from Knox County and the surrounding region in its first 17 years. As the Street Fair is offered free to the community, it is largely dependent upon sponsor support for its funding.
KGMC finished out the evening with a Collaborative Concert with 2 youth choruses from Nashville and Washington D.C, Major Minors and GenOUT.
Major Minors is an ensemble of Nashville in Harmony, for young people ages 12-18 in the Nashville area. The mission of the chorus is to use music to build community and create social change.
GenOUT is an outreach ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, for LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 13-18 in the metro DC area. The two-fold mission of the chorus is to give LGBTQ+ and allied youth a voice, and to connect that voice to community.
Both groups showcased their amazing talents and closed out a musically rich weekend in Knoxville.
If you missed KGMC this weekend, mark your calendars for May 18th when KGMC will take the stage for their Spring Concert, Make Your Own Kind of Music. Tickets are on sale now!