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A Conversation with Tenor, Everett McCorvey

From: National Endowment for the Arts
Series: Art Works Podcast
Length: 26:18

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Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey talks about how he was drawn into the music, how he helped build the opera program at University of Kentucky, and the difference between spirituals and gospel, among other topics. Read the full description.

Mccorvey110_small Everett McCorvey isn’t just a first-rate operatic tenor, he’s also the Professor of Voice and director of Opera at the University of Kentucky as well as the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble.  And in case that isn’t busy enough Everett is also vice-chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and serves on the board of the National Association of State Arts Agencies.  

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Everett McCorvey isn’t just a first-rate operatic tenor, he’s also the Professor of Voice and director of Opera at the University of Kentucky as well as the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble.  And in case that isn’t busy enough Everett is also vice-chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and serves on the board of the National Association of State Arts Agencies.  

Transcript

Jo Reed: That was the voice of tenor Everett McCorvey singing La Danza by Gioachimo Rossini. Welcome to Art Works – the program that goes behind the scenes with some of the nations great artists to explore how art works. I’m your host, Josephine Reed. Everett McCorvey isn’t just a first-rate operatic tenor, he’s also the Professor of Voice and director of Opera at the University of Kentucky as well as the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble. And in case that isn’t busy enough Everett is also vice-chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and serves on the board of the National Association of State Arts Agencies. Somehow, in the midst of his very hectic schedule, Everett McCorvey found the time to talk to me about opera and African-American spirituals. I began our conversation by asking what first drew him to music.

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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
La Danza (from Act II, DIE FLEDERMAUS) UK Orchestra featuring Everett McCorvey n/a. n/a 2010 :00
Amen Everett McCorvey and the American Spiritual Ensemble Ol' Time Religion. n/a :00

Additional Credits

Interview conducted and edited by Jo Reed

Related Website

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