A history of Music on the Corner...
The vision began with a well-loved choral work, Handel’s Messiah, in Advent of 2000. In a community of talented musicians, St. John’s Episcopal Church, in downtown Roanoke on the corner of Elm and Jefferson, founded a music series with that legendary oratorio.
Nineteen seasons and 91 concerts later, Music on the Corner has deepened the musical fabric of Roanoke. Music on the Corner brings to rich life the music of Brahms, Puccini, John Rutter, Handel and many others, inviting the downtown community and beyond to end the week with early-evening concerts, preceded by wine and cheese receptions right after work.
Music on the Corner mixes Virginia musicians with internationally touring ones (sometimes one and the same!) – past artists have included the Tallis Scholars, organist and composer Gerre Hancock, the Texas Boy Choir, members of the Roanoke Symphony and regional choirs. Performances range from secular to sacred, chamber to choral, oratorio to musical theater.
Our concerts are free to our audiences. We cover our not insignificant expenses completely through the donations of our patrons, and thank you for any gift you can give. All are tax deductible and are acknowledged in the program unless you request an anonymous gift.
Handel image below: Handel in 1733, by Balthasar Denner (1685–1749)