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Scruffy City Orchestra joins Cathedral Concert Series

The Scruffy City Orchestra is excited to announce that as of November, 2018, they are joining the prestigious Cathedral Concert Series, a program of the Diocese of Knoxville Music Commission. This program makes free or low-cost sacred and classical music ensembles available to the East Tennessee community in an effort to support the arts and grow appreciation for sacred music.

The Cathedral Concert Series includes such notable ensembles as the Tennessee Wind Symphony, the Knoxville Handel Society and the Knoxville Opera, among many others. Scruffy City Orchestra is proud and humbled to be the sole orchestra invited to participate.

The orchestra’s first concert with the Cathedral Concert Series is the premiere performance of “Colors of the Orchestra” conducted by Ace Edewards on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at 711 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Admission is free (donations welcome, with 10% being returned to the Sacred Heart Youth Orchestra). Free tickets to guarantee a seat are available at the Paraclete Catholic Bookstore located next to Sacred Heart Cathedral Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SCO will perform a free encore performance of “Colors of the Orchestra” at Johnson University’s Phillips-Welshimer Auditorium on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Led by conductors Ace Edewards and Matt Wilkinson, Scruffy City Orchestra is Knoxville’s only community orchestra. Founded in 2015 with area volunteer musicians, SCO meets for two sessions each year and performs concerts at the end of each session as well as other specialty concerts and musical competitions throughout the year. For more information, visit

Published November 6, 2018

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