The Knoxville Choral Society will present Christopher Tin’s “The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy” on Friday, March 1, 2024

On Friday, March 1, 2024, at Central Bearden Baptist Church, the Knoxville Choral Society, led by Dr. John R. Orr, will present a winter concert featuring Christopher Tin’s “The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy.” Tin, a multi-Grammy award-winning composer of film and video-game soundtracks, is best known for his piece “Baba Yetu,” written for the video game Civilization IV, which was the first video game music ever to win a Grammy. “The Lost Birds” incorporates poetry by Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Sara Teasdale, serving as a musical memorial to bird species that have become extinct. Tin’s music is sweeping, pastoral, and romantic, celebrating beauty, hope, peace, and renewal. Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will join the Knoxville Choral Society, and the concert will feature solo performances from the 2023-2024 Knoxville Choral Society scholarship winners: Gracie Webb, Kevin Spooner, and Adrian Peña. This concert will be dedicated to longtime Knoxville Choral Society supporter and patron, Dr. Patsy Kylene Williams Boyce.

  • What: The Lost Birds: An Extinction Elegy – Winter Concert

  • Who: Knoxville Choral Society

  • When: Friday, March 1, 2024

  • Time:7:30 PM

  • Where:Central Bearden Baptist Church

6300 Deane Hill Drive

Knoxville, TN 37919


The Knoxville Choral Society gratefully acknowledges our 2023-2024 sponsors: 91.9 WUOT, Tennessee Arts Commission, NHC Place Farragut, Handy Andy, Boyce Enterprises LLC, and Arts and Culture Alliance of Knoxville.