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St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral kicks off Chords for the Community on Sept. 9

September 6, 2018

Presented by St. John’s Cathedral Arts, series offers fresh takes on historical and contemporary genres

St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral is opening its doors to the community through an expansive music series called Chords for the Community, which kicks off Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

Between now and the spring of 2019, more than 15 musical performances will be held at the cathedral, including vocal and instrumental offerings, as well as major events such as Big Ears Festival and an interactive Christmas carol concert.

The series starts with an Evensong performance featuring the joyful and dynamic music of Harold Friedell. Evensong, also known as evening prayer, is a soothing experience. Guests are invited to relax, reflect and recharge as the choir performs a 45-minute set drawn from music across all eras. Afterward, attendees will be treated to beverages and are invited to meet the choir members.

“St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral wants to reach out to our community, and we think that a series focused on music as part of our larger arts program is a great way to serve Knoxville,” said John C. Ross, dean of St. John’s Cathedral. “Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy the 2018-19 Chords for the Community series. The doors are open. Come, listen and enjoy.”

To learn more about St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral and the Chords for the Community series, visit and follow the cathedral on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Evensong performance on Sept. 9 will take place at the cathedral, 413 Cumberland Ave. Parking is available adjacent to the cathedral.

About St. John’s Cathedral
Established in Knoxville in 1826, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral stands on a strong heritage of Christian ministry and welcomes all people to join wherever they are on their faith journey. Our people represent every age, background and stage of life; some wear ties or heels and some keep it casual. Come as you are and take part in our worship, art and inspirational music for all ages, or join us in giving back. You will find respect, love and support when you join or visit our vibrant multigenerational congregation downtown: a safe haven, food for the soul and unconditional love. Learn more at, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Chords for the Community
Chords for the Community is a world-class musical program presented by St. John’s Cathedral Arts. The program consists of three series: Evensong for Everyone, reflective and soothing choral performances; Concerts on Cumberland, a series of renowned artist performances including a collaboration with Big Ears Festival; and Choral Camaraderie & Worship, traditional worship services featuring inspirational music led by the St. John’s choir. St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral through its Chords for the Community program aims to spread love and share the transformative joy of worship to all through music. The doors are open. Come, listen and enjoy. Learn more, and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.