published Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Second Presbyterian choir launching concert series — July 19

The Chancel Choir of Second Presbyterian Church is comprised of church members along with alumni of choirs from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Kevin Ford is director of both.
The Chancel Choir of Second Presbyterian Church is comprised of church members along with alumni of choirs from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. Kevin Ford is director of both.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

What: Chancel Choir concert

When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 19

Where: Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine St.

Admission: Free but donations will be collected

Phone: 423-266-2828

A small group of musicians within Second Presbyterian Church are tackling a sizable fundraiser.

Members of the Chancel Choir of the downtown church are launching a series of concerts on Friday night, July 19, with the goal of purchasing a new piano for the church sanctuary. The programs are all free, but donations will be collected at each performance to build the piano fund.

Friday's program is "Worship Through Song: A Musical Journey," says Dr. Kevin Ford, choir director. There will be no sermon, only the message heard through the music.

"The program will take listeners through music exploring times of fellowship, solitude, joy, sorrow, comfort, seeking, learning, planning, prayer, submission, awe, adoration and praise," says Ford.

The choir is composed of church members as well as alumni of the UTC Chamber Singers and Chattanooga Singers, which Ford also conducts.

The piano being replaced, a Sohmer baby grand, was purchased from the estate of Ken Keese by the church. Keese was a well-known local pianist and Second Presbyterian church member. Ford says since the late musician also wrote music, his plan is to include some of Keese's work in the series finale.

Contact staff writer Susan Pierce at spierce@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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