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Renovam, new professional choir, presents “Renewed in Love,” in Knoxville/Oak Ridge

KNOXVILLE - Renovam, a newly formed professional choir, will present a concert titled, “Renewed in Love,” on Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 1101 N Broadway, Knoxville, and on Sunday, Feb. 16, 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Oak Ridge, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge.

Renovam is a chamber choir that is a combination of personnel from two former area choirs: Tennessee Chamber Chorus was based in Cleveland, TN, but frequently performed in Knoxville, including on the 2017 Church Street United Methodist Master Arts Concert Series. Symphony of Voices was based in Knoxville and gained a significant following from 2017-2018. The two choirs have now joined forces under a new name, “Renovam,” which is Portuguese for “renew.” They perform without a conductor, and artistic direction is shared among the membership.

“Renovam is a unique group of professional singers, as most of us are actually full-time choral conductors,” says Alan Stevens, the former artistic director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus. “The choir gives us a chance to make music together as singers, which we rarely have the opportunity to experience now. Not only is Renovam a renewal of the two former organizations, it is also a renewal of our musical spirits. Singing is why most of us got into choral conducting as a career, and this renews us in many ways.” Stevens is an associate professor of music and choral conductor at East Tennessee State University.

The concert, “Renewed in Love,” features a wide variety of choral repertoire about love. It includes selections by Brahms, Arcadelt, Whitacre, and many contemporary composers. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per adult. The concert runs approximately an hour with no intermission. More information about Renovam can be found on their Facebook page at

Published February 14, 2020

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