Annual Holiday Pops
Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8 pm
Organ Prelude Music - 7 pm
~ featuring ~
Renese King, gospel vocalist
Back by popular demand, gospel vocalist, RENESE KING.
A highlight of the holiday season in Melrose – get your tickets early!
Since her “debut” solo vocal performance of the Lord’s Prayer at the age of two, accompanied by the percussive clanking and hissing of ancient heating ducts in a basement church school room, Renese King’s array of musical talents have taken her from spiritual and gospel singing at the church podium to timpani playing on the Carnegie Hall stage. It is an eclectic musical foundation that developed her into an artist who draws upon the power and diverse elements of a symphonic soundscape, and the freedom, energy and conviction of gospel music.
Recognized regionally as a talented instrumentalist, choral director and arranger,
Ms. King has appeared throughout the East Coast and internationally as an accompanist, vocalist, and percussionist with a number of choral and orchestral ensembles. But it is her soulful and moving voice, described by the Boston Globe as “resplendent”, “thrilling” and a “phenomenal, wide-ranging” instrument that has piqued, growing national attention, and garnered her the 2011 Boston Music Award “Gospel/Inspirational Artist of the Year.”
She has made featured and guest solo appearances in several concerts, national television broadcasts, a national tour, and a CD release (Sleigh Ride) with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. She has been featured in her own arrangements for gospel chorus, orchestra and voice with the Boston Pops, Utah Symphony, Jennifer Holliday, Melrose Symphony, Thayer Symphony, New England Orchestra, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Berklee College of Music’s Reverence Gospel Ensemble, New England Conservatory’s Millennium Choir, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and many other ensembles in the New England area.
Her voice is featured on the soundtrack of award-winning director Stanley Nelson’s documentary film “Freedom Riders”, which aired on the PBS series American Experience in May, 2011, and subsequently won three Emmy awards.
Ms. King holds a position in Student Affairs at Berklee College of Music, is Music Coordinator and Choral Director at the Waymark Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dorchester, Director of the Re-Union Choir, Associate Director of Music at Union United Methodist Church. She remains committed to the unifying and uplifting message at the heart of gospel music, and is delighted to make her 5th appearance with Melrose Symphony Orchestra this holiday season.
Soloist Sponsored by Brad Hutchinson Real Estate