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 2016-2017 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.
THE THIRTEEN CHAMBER CHOIR
Friday, October 21, 2016 – 8:00 p.m.
CECIL B. BISHOP MEMORIAL CONCERT
The Thirteen presents Reincarnations, this performance features a diverse and engaging program of masterworks new and old. Featuring the American Premiere Performance of Thomas Tallis’ epic Ave Dei patris filia, Samuel Barber’s touching Reincarnations, and the virtuosic and infectiously-fun I’ll Fly Away by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Don’t miss this performance replete with choral pyrotechnics and electric harmonies.
The Thirteen is an all-star professional choir known for inspired and powerful live performance. The Thirteen draws its artists from among the finest ensembles in the world, including Chanticleer, Seraphic Fire, Apollo’s Fire, Conspirare, I Fagiolini, Opera Philadelphia, Boston Early Music Festival and Trinity Wall Street.
“to talk about the remarkable abilities and sound of the individual singers would… be like trying to say which whitecaps on the ocean reflect the sun most beautifully, or which leaves on a tree dance most gracefully with the wind… I stand in awe.” ~M.D. Ridge, National Public Radio commentator
CANDLELIGHT CHORAL CONCERT
Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.
The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir
Jason Kissel, conductor
The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, regarded for its beauty of tone, presents a cappella choral music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, including O Magnum Mysterium and O Nata Lux by Morten Lauridsen, and works by John Tavener and Randall Thompson. Music for choir, harp and organ will also be featured. This event has become a treasured part of the holiday season in Mt. Vernon.
CELLO & PIANO
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski was presented with the prestigious Baker Artist Award, the highest recognition for artists in Maryland. As a chamber musician, he has appeared in many chamber series including the Barge Music Festival in New York City.
Already known as a pianist of dazzling virtuosity and penetrating musicianship, Michael Sheppard was trained by the legendary Leon Fleisher and Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory.
BSA SENIOR VOICE RECITAL
Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.
BALTIMORE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
SENIOR VOICE RECITAL
BALTIMORE PIANO MARATHON
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The First Annual Baltimore Piano Marathon will celebrate over 300 years of the piano, in a concert by nine superb pianists from the Greater Baltimore/Washington area playing repertoire of their own choosing. Every 30 minutes, a different artist will perform - you are invited to come to hear a single performer, a whole hour, or stay for the entire event! The glorious Steinway B in First & Franklin’s sanctuary will be the featured instrument.