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The Spire Series 2016-2017 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.

BSA Senior Voice Recital

Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 3:00 p.m.


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.

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The SPIRE Series Cello & Piano Concert

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.

New Concert Date: Tuesday, March, 28, 2017, 7:30 PM
Support the Arts! Join us for a captivating evening of cello and piano music from Astor Piazzolla, Francis Poulenc and Sergei Rachmaninoff. We are pleased to welcome two BSO musicians to our beautiful space for an evening filled with inspiration.

The program for the evening:

  • Astor Piazzolla - Le Grand Tango for Cello and Piano
  • Francis Poulenc - Sonata for Cello and Piano (1948)
  • Allegro
  • Cavatine
  • Ballabile
  • Finale
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff - Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op 19
  • Lento-Allegro moderato
  • Allegro scherzando
  • Andante
  • Allegro mosso

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal cellist, Dariusz Skoraczewski was presented with the prestigious Baker Artist Award, Maryland’s highest artistic honor. As a chamber musician, he has appeared in many chamber series including the Barge Music Festival in New York City. Celebrated Baltimore pianist Michael Sheppard was trained by the legendary Leon Fleisher and Ann Schein at the Peabody Conservatory. The duo will perform music by Piazzolla, Poulenc, and Rachmaninoff.

Convenient parking is available in the University of Maryland Hospital Mid-Town Campus garage at Madison & Howard Streets. Parking in the First & Franklin lot is limited to spaces 9 through 17.

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.

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

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

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