Christ Church Cathedral seeks to be a place where Nashvillians and visitors can deepen their faith and enjoy the expression of artistic talent in ways that honor God. The Cathedral’s Sacred Space for the City Arts Series offers a broad array of artistic programs that celebrate and nurture God’s gift of creativity.
Upcoming events in the 2017-2018 series include the following:
RIDERS IN THE SKY
Sunday, September 17 • 3 pm
In this light-hearted season opener, the Cathedral’s own Fred LaBour (aka “Too Slim”) and his fellow cowboy crooners saddle up for a rollicking evening of “Comedy and Western”.
$15; $5 students
ICON DISPLAY AND LECTURE
Sunday, October 1 • 3 pm
Sister Eliseea of the Romanian Orthodox Church presents a collection of icons and discusses their role in prayer and worship in the Orthodox Church.
Friday, October 27 • 7 pm
English organ sensation Clive Driskill-Smith and American percussion virtuoso Joseph Gramley combine their talents to play unique renditions of classical and newly commissioned works.
$15; $5 students. Tickets available at the door.
ORGANIZED RHYTHM HANDS-ON EVENT FOR CHILDREN/TEENS
Saturday, October 28 • 9:30-11:30 am
Is there a kid alive who doesn’t jump at the chance to make some noise? Bring your little ones/moody adolescents for a morning of percussion fun/therapy.
Free and open to the public
ALL SAINTS SOLEMN CHORAL EVENSONG*
Sunday, November 5 • 3:30 pm
Organ concert by Simon Thomas Jacobs, concert organist.
Tuesday, December 12 • 7 pm
At this beloved holiday event, an array of Nashville musicians and surprise guest artists lend their talents to benefit Room In The Inn.
$20 suggested donation
ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, December 17 • 4 pm
Sung by the Cathedral Choir and Senior Choristers, under the direction of Dr. Michael Velting, Canon for Music. Michael Gebhart, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, organ.
NASHVILLE CONCERTO ORCHESTRA
Saturday, February 17 • 3 pm
Kris Wilkinson (string arranger for CMA awards and Lady Antebellum) and Marie Winget play Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 6, and Matt Combs (former fiddler in the house band of the Grand Ole Opry) presents the Nashville premiere of Appalachian Rhapsody for violin and orchestra.
$15 suggested donation
LENTEN SOLEMN CHORAL EVENSONG*
Sunday, February 18 • 3:30 pm
Preceded by an organ concert by Matthew Michael Brown, Director of Music and Organist, First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, NC.
19TH ANNUAL CATHEDRAL CHORISTER FESTIVAL EVENSONG
Sunday, February 25 • 4 pm
Young Choristers from around the Southeast sing Choral Evensong under the direction of Michael Kleinschmidt, Canon Musician of St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle.
12TH ANNUAL BACHANALIA
Friday, March 16 • 4 – 10 pm
Always greatly anticipated, this six-hour musical event is a gift to Bach aficionados from top-flight local instrumentalists and vocalists, who celebrate the master in traditional and creative ways.
Light refreshments and souvenirs will be on sale.
ICON WRITING RETREAT
Monday-Friday, April 9 – 13 • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Practice the spiritual discipline of icon writing in a small class setting led by Teresa Harrison. Beginners welcome! Register soon, as class fills quickly. Lunch provided daily.
$495 includes materials. Deposit of $100 due by February 28, full payment by March 26.
Register online here. Or send a check to the church, c/o ICON Writing Retreat
RAÚL PRIETO RAMÍREZ, organ
Sunday, April 22 • 4 PM
“Sizzling”, “iconoclastic”, “impeccable”, and “transcendent”—this is how critics describe performances by Raúl Prieto Ramírez, one of the few Spaniards counted among the elite of international concert organists.
Sponsored by Al Finegan
Voices. Of Hope? The Power of Music
Wednesday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 2 • 7 pm
This two-part series is part of a city-wide dialogue on the arts and social justice, presented in conjunction with the Nashville Symphony and the Violins of Hope exhibit, commemorating musicians in Nazi concentration camps. On April 25, Joy Calico of the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, will present a lecture, “Violins. Of Hope?”. A concert on May 2, including Portara performing the Bach cantata “Feed the hungry with bread” (BWV 39) and the Nashville Concerto Orchestra playing Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Songs of Sorrow”, will explore the power of music to respond to oppression, give hope, and spur action.
Admission is free.
EASTERTIDE SOLEMN CHORAL EVENSONG*
Sunday, May 6 • 3:30 pm
Preceded by an organ concert by Nick Quardokus, Organ Scholar, Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, New Haven, CT.
* Solemn Choral Evensongs are sung by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael Velting, Canon for Music, with Michael Gebhart, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, organ. Evensongs include Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.