The Spire Series 2017-2018 Season
The Spire Series is committed to presenting both musical and visual artists and fostering community, while celebrating the unique space at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church. Receptions are an integral part of the programs, where the audience and artists meet and are treated as our honored guests.
A reception follows each program.
December 17, 2017
Candlelight Choral Concert
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, joined by guest instrumentalists, presents the 17th Annual Candlelight Choral Concert, a treasured part of the Christmas season in Mt. Vernon. John Rutter's beloved Gloria (1976) for choir, brass, percussion and organ will be a featured work. The program will also include audience singing and a cappella choral music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
Tyler Canonico, organ
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
Jason Kissel, conductor
March 16, 2018
THE THIRTEEN CHAMBER CHOIR
Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
The Thirteen is one of America's premiere chamber choirs. Since its founding in 2012, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach has held a special place in the hearts of The Thirteen. In their Bach Reflections concert, they will explore what the music of Bach means for us today. Anchoring the concert will be three of the master's Motets: Komm, Jesu, komm; Der Geist hilft, and Singet dem Herrn. Illuminating the motets is music separated from Bach by time, style, and language, while exhibiting the same ardent connection to humanity as Bach achieves in his timeless and varied works.
A reception will follow the concert where you can meet and greet the artists.
Buy your tickets online and avoid the rush at the door. We will hold your name at the Will Call table.
April 22, 2018
Voice Recital - Baltimore School for the Arts
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3 p.m.
The Baltimore School for the Arts, located just one block from First & Franklin, strives to be the leading pre-professional arts high school in the country. Join us for this special program featuring a presentation by the Voice Department of the BSA to include art songs, select opera scenes and choral works.
This is a free concert but a freewill offering will be accepted to further enhance the Spire Series programming at First & Franklin.
May 6, 2018
The Second Annual Baltimore Piano Marathon Concert
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., eight extraordinary pianists from the Greater Baltimore area will perform – with a new artist taking the stage every 30 minutes throughout the afternoon. Come for as many as you would like – or join us for the entire performance! The glorious Steinway B in the sanctuary will be the featured instrument. Kati Harrison and Mark Malinowski of classical radio station WBJC, will served as the live, co-emcees for this event. Tickets at the door: minimum $10 per person; donations over and above will be gratefully received.