Christian singer Steve Green performs in city

December 05, 1996


Staff Writer

Katie Calliope, 17, smiled brightly as Steve Green took the stage at the Maryland Theatre Thursday night.

"He is really sincere about everything he sings about - salvation and God's message," said Calliope, of Hagerstown.

Unlike teenagers at rock concerts, she listened to the music and sang along on some songs without once diving off the stage or slamming into another person.

Green, one of the most popular singers in contemporary Christian music, performed his show to a sold-out theater crowd of about 1,400.


About 30 tickets were oversold for the show. Cedar Ridge Ministries officials told those standing in the back of the theater their money would be refunded.

"I just wanted to see Steve Green," said Tiffany Hawbaker, 16, of Greencastle, Pa., who said she did not mind standing at the back. "He has a really good voice and I like the message his music portrays.

"I admire what he is doing and all the stuff he's accomplished," Hawbaker said.

Patricia Wolford, president of the theater's board of directors, said she was glad to see such a large crowd for a Christian performer.

The theater was rented by Cedar Ridge Ministries, which produced the show. Wolford said that theater probably would net about $6,000 off the show.

She said that helps to make up for the $13,000 lost by the theater on Wednesday night's concert with Crystal Gayle. About half the theater seats were sold for the Gayle concert.

Green opened with Christmas carols with a more contemporary beat and early in the performance encouraged the audience to stand and sing along.

At one point in the show, he asked for all of the children to join him on stage. Then, he performed with a teddy bear puppet.

John Hill, 25, of Hagerstown, said he came not only to see Green, but to watch his wife perform. She belongs to a church choir and was selected to be among the back up choir.

"He's a good singer and he glorifies God with his music," Hill said.

Carla Noll, 26, of Chambersburg, Pa., said she's been a fan of Green's for years, but this was the first concert she's made it to despite earlier appearances by Green at the Maryland Theatre.

Noll said the thing she like's about Green is "probably his sincerity."

She said she does not think all contemporary Christian performers are as sincere in their faith.

"You know he's out there to sing about Jesus," Noll said.

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