For more information: Teri L Sullivan
WKNO Promotions Manager
December 14, 2012
For Immediate Release
WKNO PRESENTS HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH
MEMPHIS BOYCHOIR, KALLEN ESPERIAN AND MORE
Get in the holiday spirit with WKNO and the magical voices of the Memphis Boychoir and opera star Kallen Esperian. Don’t miss a new holiday production from WKNO-TV/Channel 10. A Memphis Boychoir Christmas with Kallen Esperian,premiering on Christmas Eve at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10, also features the newly created Memphis Girlchoir along with the Memphis Chamber Choir.
During the performance, the choirs and Kallen will perform traditional as well as modern holiday music. Some familiar songs include: “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Frosty the Snowman”. Kallen Esperian will also sing a number of solo pieces.
The Memphis Boychoir, now in its 25th year, began as an outreach program of St. John’s Episcopal School. The choir draws boys, usually grades 2 to 6, from around the region. The choir practices twice a week for two hours and has toured both locally and nationally. The Memphis Chamber Choir was created a year after the Boychoir began as a companion to the young voices. The Memphis Girlchoir was formed just this year in response to community requests.
“We are thrilled to have the next generation of Memphis musicians performing alongside and being inspired by the great Kallen Esperian,” said Memphis Boychoir Artistic Director Geoffrey Ward. “The Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Girlchoir represent the future of Memphis. This opportunity to present a Christmas special on WKNO with one of the great opera singers of our time is truly incredible. Tune in and celebrate the season with us!”
World-renowned opera singer Kallen Esperian – a native of Illinois who makes her home in Memphis – is a beloved and award-winning soprano, who was an early and immediate stand-out in the Metropolitan Opera’s regional auditions and a winner, in her early twenties, of the Pavarotti Vocal Competition. She made her debut in Philadelphia in 1986. Since that time she has performed in most of the world’s important opera houses and was featured on the 1996 PBS special The Three Sopranos produced by Tibor Rudas Theatrical Productions as counterpart to The Three Tenors, and is the only one of the soprano trio who has performed individually with each of the tenors.
“I love the talent Memphis has to offer,” said Kallen. “It’s one of the reasons I love this city. And I’m so excited and honored to be performing with these talented singers. It was such a fun time singing some of my favorite holiday songs with these choirs.”
“One of the things Memphis does best is music,” said Michael J. LaBonia, President and CEO of WKNO. “This Christmas special is a wonderful way to highlight what we do best- the arts and supporting our community. The Boychoir, the Chamber Choir and the new Girlchoir have a wonderful story to tell and they are an asset to the Memphis community. This is our holiday gift to the Mid-South. We think you’ll love our set too!”
A Memphis Boychoir Christmas with Kallen Esperian, produced by WKNO’s Peter Richards, premieres Monday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m. It repeats at midnight and on Christmas Day at 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10. It also airs Tuesday, December 25 at noon and 7:00 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Cable Channel 910.
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 56 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information: wkno.org