History of Music at Lindenwood
From its earliest beginnings, Linden Ave. Christian Church (1843-1954), now Lindenwood Christian Church, has been known for exceptional music. In October 1979, Lindenwood Concerts began its 26-year history, commencing with Metropolitan Opera star (and Memphis native) coloratura soprano Ruth Welting.
For the next 26 seasons many other renowned opera singers, TV personalities, concert organists, acclaimed conductors, various ensembles, orchestras and bands, Miss America, gospel singers, concert pianists, concert violinists, composers, and our own local talent – Joy Brown Wiener, Marguerite Piazza, James (Ol' Man River) Hyter, Ryan Anthony, and many others – truly an array of talent! – have been presented by Lindenwood Concerts.
The new "Music At Lindenwood" series has a different scope. Rather than being a paid, ticketed concert, the new series is free and underwritten by donors (Conductor’s Circle*), with the exception of the Christmas concert, "A Spectacular Christmas!" Another new venture is an annual benefit concert, with proceeds going to a local not-for-profit. MIFA, Child Advocacy Center, Church Health, and others have been recipients of our benefit concerts.
*Conductor’s Circle is for those who want to financially underwrite the “Music at Lindenwood” concert series, at $500 and above. Some have chosen to underwrite a specific concert, while others give a general donation. Members of the Conductor’s Circle also get various perks, such as reserved seating at the Christmas concert, invitations to recitals held to honor the Conductor’s Circle members, names on the back of printed programs, occasional receptions following concerts, and more.
Contact Chris Nemec for more information: cnemec@Lindenwoodcc.org or 901-458-1652.