Announcing the 40th Anniversary of the Greene Memorial Fine Arts Series

Announcing the 40th Anniversary of the Greene Memorial Fine Arts Series

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A brochure will be mailed out in late August or early September detailing the wonderful events planned for this historic occasion and including many photos from past, present and future.  Members of the Greene Memorial Fine Arts Committee are very enthused about what lies ahead. The brochure will contain a letter from Richard Cummins with interesting information about the founding of this ministry of Greene Memorial Church and how it has not simply survived, but grown in the succeeding years. Of special interest are John Wesley’s comments about a performance of Messiah composed by his contemporary, Handel. In addition there will be contemporary comments from many supporters such as a Virginia State Senator and a United Methodist Bishop and his wife. Meantime, here is a brief outline of what is planned.


For nearly 28 years The Phantom of the Opera has been running on Broadway; one of the longest runs in Broadway history.  This year The Phantom of the Opera returns to Roanoke but in one of its earliest forms: that of a silent film with improvised organ accompaniment by Richard Cummins. Before the film begins, there will be Halloween goodies in the Welcome Center.

Friday, 30 October 2015 at 8pm  (Halloween goodies at 7:30pm)


It has been reported that Handel’s Messiah is the single most recognized piece of music in the world.  Dr. Dwight Bigler of the Virginia Tech faculty conducts the singers of the Blacksburg Master Chorale with a professional orchestra and soloists. Preceding this performance is our annual Christmas Candlelight Dinner. Since this is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Series, check the brochure for ticket information.

Friday, 11 December 2015 – Dinner at 6:30pm – Concert at 8:00pm


The Incarnate Word (A pageant for Christmastide) by Robert Elmore. This event takes place during the morning worship service and celebrates the theme: Angels as Messengers. Involved is a substantially augmented choir, soloists, organ, and characters related to the Christmas story. The role of narrator will be taken by guest Broadway actor, Josh Grisetti. Currently making his debut in It Shoulda Been You directed by David Hyde Pierce and starring Tyne Daly. The message of the first angel will be sung by a surprise soloist. Josh joins three others on this Sunday for a special Christmas concert at 4pm.   Sunday, 20 December 2015 at 10am


A Journey To ChristmasThree former Roanokers join Richard Cummins for this concert featuring music of Percy Grainger, Richard Purvis, Richard Cummins, Cenovia Cummins, Franz Schubert and J. S. Bach.  Piano, organ, cello, violin and vocal music will be performed including Edna St. Vincent Millay’s The Ballad of the Harp Weaver. Guest Broadway actor, Josh Grisetti ( will sing songs of the season and read the Millay Ballad with improvised accompaniment by Richard Cummins. Also taking part are Cenovia Cummins (, violin and piano, and Stephanie Cummins, cello.

Sunday, 20 December 2015 at 4pm


Cameron Carpenter the world renowned organist, will once again bring his magic to Greene Memorial Church.  Cameron first played the Greene Memorial organ at age 12.  Already the Roanoke Times has inquired about covering this event.     Sunday, 20 March 2016 at 4pm


The Choir of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Fifth Avenue, New York.  This magnificent, professional choir of men and boys will constitute the climax of our 40th anniversary celebrations. This famous choir is conducted by Dr. John Scott, formerly organist and director at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, London.  The choir has performed and made recordings with many famous artists including Placido Domingo and a host of others.  The twenty-two boys and twelve male singers are all professional; the boys are educated in a school attached to the church and rehearse on a daily basis.  There are some very interesting connections between this church and Greene Memorial which you can read about in the brochure when it arrives.  Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at 7:00pm


Please note that a number of this year’s concerts are taking place on days and at times that may seem strange to those used to Sunday afternoon at 4pm only.