St. John’s Cathedral launches “Concerts on Cumberland” free concert series

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St. John’s Cathedral Arts is hosting a free concert series featuring local artists, musicians and composers. 

“For this first event, we will be doing chamber music, and it happens to be chamber music I composed,” Jason Overall said. 

Overall said this upcoming concert will begin with a sweet, unaccompanied cello created for local cellist D. Scot Williams with the Knoxville Symphony, will continue with a piano quintet, which will highlight a string quartet accompanied by a piano and will conclude with the premiere of his newest piece, an oboe quartet. 

His quartet places a modern twist on 17th century baroque music, during the peak of Johann Sebastian Bach’s classical music career. 

“I wanted to take that aesthetic from the 17th and 18th century and bring it into the 21st century, with a modern tonal language; it doesn’t really look or sound anything like Bach,” Overall smiled. 

“I’ve been composing music for as long as I can remember,” Overall said. 

His parents said as soon as Overall learned how to write, all he wanted to do was write music. 

Overall studied music composition in both undergrad and graduate school, and maintained an active career as a composer, while leaving his mark in ministry through local churches. 

“St. John’s is very intentional about reaching out to the community and being a place that supports the arts. People can come and experience things from a range of sacred services on Sunday morning to secular concerts and everything in between,” Overall said. 

Overall encourages members of the Knoxville community to join the members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as they play highlight some of his best original pieces. The concert will take place on Thursday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. John’s Cathedral located at 413 Cumberland Ave. 

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