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.

November 30, 2018

8:00 P.M.

J'Nai Bridges, mezzo soprano

Mark Markham, piano

Ms. Bridges and Mr. Markham offer an exciting concert before their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 13, 2018.
The program includes works by Mahler, Montsalvatge, Copland, Ives and Negro Spirituals.

A reception will follow the concert where you will be able to meet the artists.

General Admission $20; Students $10

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Ticket prices

December 16, 2018

4:00 p.m.

Candlelight Choral Concert

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, joined by guest instrumentalists, presents the 18th Annual Candlelight Choral Concert, a treasured part of the Christmas season in Mt. Vernon. This concert will feature Ottorino Respighi's Laud to the Nativity. The program will also include audience singing and a cappella choral music for the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

Jacqueline Pollauf, harp
Jason Kissel, conductor

Please arrive early as this is a very well attended event and you don't want to miss out on getting a seat.

A free will offering will be accepted at the door and during the reception. Your generous donations help support our music programming.

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

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, soloists and orchestra will offer a concert featuring Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, and the premier of a new composition for this event by Baltimore composer, Dr. Mark Hardy. Jason Kissel, conductor.
We will be honoring those who work to make Baltimore safe, including BUILD (Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development).

General and Student Admission: $10 minimum per person [donations over and above will be gratefully received.]


A portion of the collection will be donated to BUILD for their continued efforts to make Baltimore a safer city.


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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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