The Spire Series 2018-2019 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.

March 24

March 24, 2019
2:30 P.M.
A Concert Responding to the Gun Violence in Baltimore

THE SPIRE SERIES | MARCH 24, 2019 | 2:30 p.m.

The Spire Series will present a concert honoring the precious lives lost to gun violence in Baltimore, while uplifting the good work of those dedicated to creating a brighter future, most especially BUILD.

Under the direction of Dr. Jason Kissel, the First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir with orchestra, will present Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem. Renowned Baltimore bass-baritone Robert Cantrell, will offer selected solo works, and the audience will join in singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing". The choir will also present Faure’s "Cantique de Jean Racine", Sevier’s powerful arrangement of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", and G.E. Burleigh’s setting of the spiritual, "Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land".

We are collaborating with the Family Survivor Network, a grass-roots organization in Sandtown-Winchester that offers therapeutic support for families impacted by violence. Three of their members, who are victims, will speak during the concert.
There will be 309 purple ribbons, signifying each homicide victim in Baltimore in 2018, and sixteen portraits of murdered sons and daughters of Baltimore by William Brown, son of Millie Brown, founder of Baltimore’s Tears of a Mother’s Cry.

Tickets, available at the door or through The Spire Series PayPal, are a minimum of $10 per person. A freewill offering will be taken during the concert to support BUILD's Turnaround Tuesday.


Ticket prices

May 5, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Third Annual Baltimore Piano Marathon

Hear eight exceptional pianists, with a new artist taking the stage every 30 minutes! Spend the afternoon immersing yourself in one or more of the selected programs ~ come and go as you like. Our glorious 1910 Steinway B piano will be the featured instrument. Kati Harrison and Mark Malinowski, of classic radio station WBJC, will serve once again as our co-emcees for the event. Tickets: minimum $10 per person; donations over and above gratefully received to further our music programming.


Pianists will be announced shortly.


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