Annual Holiday Pops!

Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 2017
Organ music, 7 pm; Concert starts at 8 pm
Memorial Hall, Melrose

Kick off “the most wonderful time of the year” with the return of gospel vocalist Renese King performing her greatest hits! No Melrose Symphony Holiday Pops concert is complete without music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the beautiful and melodic Greensleeves, and a special musical reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas by a local celebrity. 

Sponsored by Brad Hutchinson Real Estate

**Both performances are sold out.**

About the Soloist

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. She is recognized regionally as a talented instrumentalist, choral director and arranger who has appeared internationally with many choral and orchestral ensembles.  

Her soulful and moving voice, described by the Boston Globe as “resplendent,” “thrilling,” and a “phenomenal, wide-ranging” instrument has piqued growing national attention, and garnered her the 2011 Boston Music Award “Gospel/Inspirational Artist of the Year.”

Ms. King 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. Her voice is featured on the soundtracks of two documentary films entitled “Freedom Riders,” which won three Emmy awards in 2012, and “Freedom Summer,” which premiered on PBS to critical acclaim in 2014.

Ms. King holds a position in Student Affairs at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music, is the Music Director at the Waymark Seventh Day Adventist Church, Dorchester, MA, Director of the Re-Union Choir, and Associate Director of Music at Union United Methodist Church, Boston, MA.  She remains committed to the unifying and uplifting message at the heart of gospel music.