The Spire Series 2017-2018 Season

Mission Statement

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.


October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Paul Bisaccia, piano

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Paul Bisaccia will perform a concert of seldom played original solo piano arrangements made by Gershwin himself, plus a little history, more humor and many anecdotes that make the man who made the music come alive for an evening. An intimate experience like this is most appropriate, because this is how Gershwin performed his music for friends.

Paul Bisaccia is the first artist to record all the solo piano music of Gershwin. The program will include favorites such as Swanee, ‘S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm as well as the seldom played  original solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue that Mr. Bisaccia played on his PBS television special Gershwin by Bisaccia.

The American Record Guide says, “For Gershwin interpretations Bisaccia wins hands down.” Noted cabaret performer Michael Feinstein calls Bisaccia’s concerts, “consummate musicianship.”

There will be a wide screen on stage presenting a live close up of Mr. Bisaccia’s hands, so everyone will have a special view.
A reception will follow the concert where you can meet and greet the artist.

Buy your tickets online and avoid the rush at the door. We will hold your name at the Will Call table.

 

Concert tickets

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.

Bach Reflections

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.

Concert tickets

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.
 

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