Friends of Music and the Arts Announces 2016-17 Concerts

The Friends of Music and the Arts (FOMA), a program of Knoxville’s Episcopal Church of the Ascension, has announced its schedule of concerts for 2016-17. An obvious highlight of the season is a special ticketed event this month, a concert by the renown vocal ensemble group, Chanticleer. Here is the schedule of standalone concerts–

Monday, October 24, 8:00 PM

Chanticleer — tickets are $30.00 (
“Founded in 1978, the group has, over the years, developed a reputation for wide-ranging and adventuresome programming, ranging from Renaissance music to American folksong, jazz, gospel, and contemporary music. An a capella ensemble, Chanticleer was named for the “clear singing rooster” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

For its Knoxville appearance, Chanticleer has submitted a program entitled, “My Secret Heart.” The repertoire contained therein would bear out this group’s penchant for wide-ranging programming: music of the Renaissance (works of Palestrina, Guerrero, Clemens non Papa); music of the Romantics and Neo-Romantics (Glinka, Rachmaninoff); works of the modern era (Poulenc); folksong (Stephen Foster); the American Songbook (Gershwin); contemporary (Augusta Read Thomas); and pop (Freddie Mercury). There’s even some John Rutter and Edith Piaf included for good measure.”

Monday, February 6, 7:30 PM

Music of J.S. Bach — Three Unaccompanied Partitas and Sonatas
Violinists Gordon Tsai, Sean Claire, and Sarah Ringer

Monday, March 6, 7:30 PM

Organ Recital, Katelyn Emerson
2016 Winner of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance
Co-sponsored by the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists

fomaSunday, March 19, 5:00 PM

Concert for Choir and Orchestra, Haydn’s Mass in D Minor (“Lord Nelson”)

Thursday, April 27, 7:30 PM

Choral Concert: Knoxville Chamber Chorale
John Orr, Director

Church of the Ascension is located at 800 S. Northshore Drive, between Kingston Pike and Lyons View Drive
Telephone: 865-588-0589