Baritone brings operatic sounds to Avon church |

Baritone brings operatic sounds to Avon church

Daily staff report
Vail CO Colorado
Special to the DailyCharles Johnson

Blending his compelling voice with a love for the beauty and message of sacred music, operatic baritone Charles Johnson will present a free concert at 7 p.m. today in the Eagle River Presbyterian Church.

Johnson, a part-time resident of Beaver Creek, will sing 14 classic selections, highlighted by the familiar version of “The Lord’s Prayer” by Malotte. Other composers featured for the evening are Schubert, Scott, MacDermid, McRae, Beethoven, Hausman, Marshall, Gounod, Speaks and Guion.

Johnson made his operatic debut at the age of 21 with the Chicago Lyric Opera. He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and then at La Scala Opera in Italy. However, his musical interests have not been limited to opera. He has performed from operatic stages to nightclubs. In addition, he was co-founder of one of Nashville’s most successful talent agencies, Limeliters, and since his teen years has been choral director for churches in Chicago, Nashville, Colorado and California. Currently he is executive director the Majesty Foundation and lives in San Diego. His appearance here is under the auspices of Music Serving the Word Ministries.

“Hearing Charles Johnson’s powerful performance is a thrilling and inspirational experience,” according to Marsha Marshall, music director for the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. “That’s why we want to share this concert with the community.”

The church is located at the end of Nottingham Ranch Road, between the railroad and Highway 6 just south of Walmart and Home Depot.

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