Music on the Corner

Music on the Corner: It Started with Handel

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. 

Now about to enter its 20th season since it was launched by retired minister of music David-Charles Campbell, Music on the Corner has deepened the musical fabric of Roanoke. Music on the Corner brings to rich life the music of Brahms, Puccini, Rutter, Handel, Locklair 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 blends local and international musicians. 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. The annual All Saints Memorial Concert features choristers, soloists and orchestra performing choral masterworks. Past performances have included the Brahms German Requiem, the Rutter Gloria, the Vivaldi Gloria, the Bach Magnificat, the Mozart Requiem, the Durufle Requiem, the Requiem and Gloria of Dan Locklair and the Brahms Schicksalslied, The 2020 concert also featured Saint-Saens "Organ" Symphony #3 in c minor.

Our concerts are free to our audiences. We cover our expenses, including music scores, artists' appearance fees, and travel expenses completely through the donations of our patrons, and we thank you for any gift you can give. All are tax deductible and are acknowledged in the program unless you request that your gift be anonymous.

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From our Music on the Corner All Saint's Memorial Concert in 2017, the Sanctus from Mozart's Great Mass in c minor.