We are a Community of Music…

“To the Master of music and loveliness: Praise, Power, Dominion Forever!”
-from Praise by Aidan Clarke

The Spire Series 2015-2016 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.


LINDA LOVING, Julian of Norwich

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Actress Linda Loving returns to First & Franklin with her compelling one-woman portrayal of Julian of Norwich, a 14th century spiritual figure described by Thomas Merton as the “greatest theologian for our time.”

In the midst of great turmoil, Julian spoke words of comfort, of hope, of forgiveness, of revelation. She speaks to our time as well. In the face of the AIDS epidemic, violent wars and terrorism, hunger and homelessness, and a creation scarred by our apathy and abuse—we need to hear that “all is well” and commit ourselves anew to treasuring God’s precious creatures and creation. -Linda Loving


VIOLIN & PIANO CONCERT

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

JONATHAN CARNEY, violin
JOHN NAUMAN, piano

World-renowned violinst and Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jonathan Carney is joined by celebrated American pianist John Nauman in a thrilling program of major works by Beethoven and Strauss. Mr. Nauman held the prestigious Van Cliburn Scholarship at the Julliard School, during which time he and Mr. Carney first performed together.


CANDLELIGHT CHORAL CONCERT

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir & soloists with guest instrumentalists present this annual event, which has become a treasured part of the holiday season in  Mt. Vernon.


SPECIAL APPEARANCE

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

LEAH CROCETTO, soprano
MARK MARKHAM, piano

We are thrilled to host rising-star soprano, Leah Crocetto in concert with pianist Mark Markham on the same tour that will include Ms. Crocetto’s premiere performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

“After her phenomenal appearance in Stern Grove with the San Francisco Opera, Crocetto has revealed herself as a major operatic star… a flood of gorgeous, well-supported sound shaped into majestic and seemingly effortless phrases…”   San Francisco Chronicle, August 21, 2012

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