Christ Church Announces Free Concert at Tomes-Higgins House

Chris Church announces a free concert on Thursday, March 31, 7:00-8:30pm: “Spirituals and Gospel Music, Influence and Celebration of African American Music,” led by Pete Malinverni, Chair of Jazz Studies at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, accompanied by SUNY Purchase student musicians. 

The event is hosted by Becoming Beloved Community and will be held at Tomes-Higgins House, 216 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich.

Pete Malinverni. Photo: Sally Green

Mr. Malinverni has had a career in inspirational settings including 18 years as the Minister of Music at Devoe Baptist Church, pianist and conductor at Westchester Reform Temple and Music Director at the Pound Ridge Community Church, and believes music is a sacred gift.

He has performed with a roster of accomplished musicians at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Caramoor Festival, the Rome Music and Image Festival, as well as in the classic NYC music venues, the Village Vanguard,  BIrdland, the Blue Note, the Village Gate, and more. 

Mr. Malinverni will be accompanied by SUNY Purchase student musicians and discuss the musical history of Gospel Music, performing a program of songs to illustrate his timeline. This will be an extraordinary event for music and history lovers.

”Pete Malinverni is one wild cat-his playing can be dark, gritty and oddly rapturous…he digs into the piano and emerges with exotic treasure.” – Karl Stark, Philadelphia Enquirer

(Pete Malinverni’s playing is) “audacious and exquisite.” – Jim Macnie, Village Voice

Questions about this event? or contact Karen Royce ([email protected]) is a lively community of faith composed of people with diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and spiritual journeys, bound together by God’s love for all people everywhere and united in the common mission to seek and serve God in all persons. We fulfill this work through the dedicated ministries of over 300 volunteers annually, who serve on more than 40 commissions, committees, guilds and task forces. In addition, the church hosts and supports more than 20 community meetings per week including 12-step programs, choral and music groups, neighborhood groups, and children’s programs. The Christ Church Preschool is a regional leader in early education, and our bookstore, Dogwood Gifts and Books, is a thriving resource of both faith-based and secular books. Their 40-year partnership with Neighbor to Neighbor allows them to serve those in Greenwich who are in need of food.

The Mission of Christ Church Greenwich is to be a vibrant Episcopal community proclaiming God’s love for every human being, no exceptions. Following Jesus’ teachings is their compass for personal growth, community outreach and harmonious living. Its vision is to seek and serve God in all people through inspiration from the Bible, worship, community outreach, music, and art in our sacred historic home.