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Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Giving Voice

February 24, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. CT

Giving Voice is SOLD OUT! Thank you to our audiences for the tremendous support. We look forward to this wonderful event. We encourage you and your friends to tune in to the livestream at 7:30 p.m. on HGO's Facebook or YouTube channel, at, or on Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church's digital platforms. 

This year, HGO is partnering with Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, the Houston Ebony Opera Guild, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University for the fourth Giving Voice!

Hosted by KHOU’s Len Cannon, the concert will feature world-famous tenors George Shirley and Lawrence Brownlee; beloved soprano Nicole Heaston; two gifted Butler Studio artists, soprano Renée Richardson and bass Cory McGee; the incredible choirs from our presenting partners; and the world-class HGO Chorus.

The concert of gospel, opera, and spirituals will also feature one of HGO Composer-in-Residence Joel Thompson's choral works. Don’t miss this monumental performance inside Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church’s new Cathedral. 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 24. Free to the public.



Friday, February 24 | 7:30 p.m.
One hour and 30 minutes -  no intermission


Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church
3826 Wheeler Ave. Houston, TX 77004


5:30 p.m. – Box office opens at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

6:30 p.m. – Doors to Cathedral open

7:30 p.m.Giving Voice begins

9:00 p.m. – Performance ends. All guests are invited to a reception in the lobby following the end of the performance. 

This will be a sold-out performance. We expect heavy traffic when arriving at the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church campus.

Please arrive at least one hour prior to the start of the performance to allow enough time for parking and getting to your seat. Guests who arrive late will be directed to an overflow location to enjoy the performance.


  • Price Range
    FREE - Ticket is required
  • Age
    Appropriate for all ages.
  • Running Time
    1 hour, 30 minutes. No Intermission.
  • Language
    Various with English subtitles

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Giving Voice

Cast & Creative
Len Cannon


Lawrence Brownlee

Vocal Soloist/Creative Consultant

George Shirley

Vocal Soloist

Nicole Heaston

Vocal Soloist

Renée Richardson

Vocal Soloist

Cory McGee

Vocal Soloist

Joel Thompson

Pianist and Composer

Kevin J Miller


Richard Bado


Community Partners
Leon C. Lewis

Minister of Music/Director of Worship & Fine Arts, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Melissa Dightman

Adjunct Choral Director, Prairie View A&M University

Jason Oby

Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences, Texas Southern University; Artistic Director, Ebony Opera Guild

Marcus D. Cosby

Senior Pastor, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

Kiana Day Williams

HGO Associate Director of School & Educator Engagement - Director of Choir, Wheeler Baptist Church


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