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.
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.