FOR YOUR CALENDAR: Organist Cummins featured at June 2nd Evensong at St. Mary of the Hills in Blowing Rock

FOR YOUR CALENDAR: Organist Cummins featured at June 2nd Evensong at St. Mary of the Hills in Blowing Rock

SPECIAL REPORT. May 31, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — The next organ recital and choral Evensong at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will feature noted Winston-Salem organist John Cummins and choral music for the up-coming season of Pentecost. The recital will be Sunday, June 2nd at 3 pm in the nave of the church and will be followed immediately by Evensong. There will be a small reception in the parish hall following the service, so you can talk to Dr. Cummins and to choir members about the music.

Guest organist Dr. John Cummins

Dr. Cummins is Organist and Adult choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, and is an active recitalist throughout the U.S. His choirs work within the tradition of the Royal School of Church Music, and he has conducted both men’s and mixed voices in well-received recordings.  He holds degrees in Organ Performance and Literature from the University of Alabama  and his Doctor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and his teachers included Peter Fyfe, the late J. Warren Hutton, and David Craighead.

Choral music for this Evensong includes the lovely Everett Titcomb motet “I will not leave you comfortless” which promises the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (to be celebrated on June 9th this year) and the triumphant anthem “God is gone up” by Gerald Finzi.

Evensong is sung daily at Anglican cathedrals and churches around the world and offers an opportunity for rest and reflection in the midst of our stressful lives.  The choir of  St. Mary of the Hills sings Evensong one Sunday each month through October, and everyone is welcome.  The church is located on Main Street in Blowing Rock.  For more information on this service,  please contact St. Mary of the Hills at 828.295.7323, or follow us on Facebook @ MusicfromStMaryoftheHills.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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